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OUR MISSION: Paws Along The River Humane Society is committed to building lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach programs, and the prevention of cruelty.

OUR VISION: We envision a time when our community celebrates the humane-animal bond; embraces the mutual benefits therein; and treat all fellow beings with care, compassion, and respect.

Paws Along The River Humane Society is a non-profit 501 c(3) organization registered in Pennsylvania. A volunteer Board of Directors sets policy and oversees the operations of the shelter. We are not a part of any government agency. Our main source of income comes from our adoptions, donations and fundraisers. We match pets to situations and people, to help in for a more successful adoption. We take time with you to assist in selecting a new family member. We know our pets and give you valuable information to help you make a decision. All pets are spayed and neutered before adoptions are complete. We require a 24 to 48 hour waiting period before taking a pet home. Our "Pet Trial Visit" gives potential adopters a chance to view the pet in their home setting before adoption. We take care of any medical and behavior concerns during this time. We will work daily to find homes for our homeless pets and will meet with you and your family by special appointment if needed. Stop by and see all the wonderful pets and complete our adoption form in person or online. Read our policies and procedures for a better understanding of how our adoption process works...

Adoptions are easy and fun at Paws Along The River Humane Society.

WE ARE OFTEN ASKED: "Are you a NO-Kill Shelter?"

The answer is... Paws Along The River Humane Society is a managed Open Admissions shelter, accepting cats, dogs, kittens and puppies that need our help, up to the maximum number for which we can provide care. By definition, Paws operates under "no-kill" standards. There are no restrictions on the age or breeds of animals we accept and receive. A "no-kill" shelter is an animal shelter that does not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals, even when the shelter is full. We strive to relieve suffering, always keeping in mind the needs of the animals first. In some cases, this may lead to humane euthanasia for medical or behavior issues affecting the quality of life and consideration for public safety.

We work closely with and rely on our veterinarians' expertise and address all health issues. We take time to "MATCH" the pets we have with the family and individual’s lifestyle and situation. This results in more permanent homes. We have access to and consult with trainers in our area to help with behavior issues to rehabilitate those animals who are not dangerous. We place pets in “up-front” foster homes for a PET VISIT, before adoption, to help assess each pet’s behavior and how they will adjust. There is no time limit for the length of stay a pet has at Paws Along The River Humane Society. PAWS is committed to healthy, adoptable pets. We adopt to families with and without children, people who work, first-time pets owners and those who are retired. Paws is here to find loving homes for those pets no one wants any longer. We are here for the animals that have been neglected and abused and enforce the laws that protect the animals in Pennsylvania. Our focus is on saving the lives of the animals in our local community, that means that 99% of the animals sheltered at Paws come from Warren County, Pa. Our goal is to find loving, permanent homes for every adoptable, treatable and rehabilitatable animal.

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