Welcome to PAWS!

We are a registered charity with a no-kill policy dedicated to helping homeless, abused and abandoned animals.  We have been doing so since 1972.

Please take the time to tour our website to learn more about us.  You can also meet our residents for adoption, read about some of our ‘Happy Tails’ and find out how you can help animals in need.

PAWS Volunteers were invited to participate in the B&O Yorkville Run in both 2017 and 2018 and we proudly raised close to $50,000 for the animals!!! We are thrilled to be included again this year in this amazing event. We have many dedicated animal lovers running for PAWS in 2019!!! PLEASE JOIN US BY REGISTERING TODAY.

Whether you are an experienced competitor/runner or someone who would prefer to walk/take things at a slower pace - EVERYONE IS WELCOME. This is our biggest event of the year and we need YOUR help to see that PAWS is the MOST SUCCESSFUL CHARITY out of the 25 participating!!! OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE AT LEAST $50,000! Let's do this ... for the animals who are so deserving!!!

Bring your family ... we promise that it will be fun for one and all. Being surrounded by so many amazing people who are striving to do good in this world for various causes ... the feeling of accomplishment can not be described.

PAWS President, Kimberly Heys, has a personal goal of raising a minimum of $25,000 personally for the animals this time around ... PLEASE CONSIDER SPONSORING HER 5K RUN/WALK TODAY.

Bang & Olufsen Yorkville Run



Hi everyone … my name is Bethanie. I was rescued from a high-kill shelter some time ago.

Another rescue had a 'hold' on me ... but when that rescuer found out that I have 'temperament issues' she removed the hold! That is when PAWS stepped in and saved me as I had a big red X on my cage (they were going to euthanize (kill!) me the next morning!). I am 'available for adoption' ... but you would have to get to know my personality. PAWS Volunteers love me and we all agree that it will be my appearance that someone is attracted to – NOT my attitude – ha ha ha. That said, I can be very loving too and I would love to meet YOU. PAWS is known to rescue animals that no one else would accept into their care. All of my 4-legged pals here at PAWS and I are so grateful to the amazing Volunteers who work tirelessly to do everything possible for as many animals as possible year after year.

PAWS Shelter
The PAWS Safe Haven
A Tranquil Place Where Our Rescues Reside



"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.