Come to PAWS on Feb 24th at 1:00 pm to celebrate my birthday with me!
Bailey is a happy-go-lucky Labrador Retriever who loves to run, play fetch and roll over for belly rubs. He is a favorite among the PAWS volunteers and is often one of the first dogs they visit when they come in for their walking shifts.
"Bailey is just an easy dog," said PAWS volunteer Cynthia Geremia. "He's housebroken, and happy to play fetch or happy to snuggle. He's not a noisy dog, and seems perfectly happy just to be by your side."
When volunteers come to the shelter to spend time with Bailey, he immediately grabs a tennis ball. He can't wait to get outside and play fetch. Snow, mud, rain or shine, Bailey is always ready to be on the receiving end of a good toss. Afterwards, he'll curl up next to you and ask for a belly rub.
Bailey is great with children, smart, eager to please and obedience trained so why is he still waiting for his forever home?
One simple reason--Bailey needs to be your only furry friend as he does not care for other animals. Being in a shelter is stressful for Bailey as he is surrounded by other animals but in a home, he will likely be less reactive to other animals as he will not have to worry about them coming into his space.
"While every dog at the shelter deserves a home, Bailey really does. He is the perfect family pet with limitless love for his human companions," said PAWS volunteer David Grindley. "The love he can give a family shouldn't be limited to a shelter."
He also will obey silent hand signals of "sit," "lay down," "stay" and "come." If you have treats for him, forget about it. He'll pretty much do anything! "Bailey is the only dog I know who is smart enough to obey hand signals without also needing a vocal command," said Canine Adoption Coordinator Laurie Lawless. "It's pretty spectacular."
The staff and volunteers at PAWS want nothing more than for Bailey to find a good home where he can relax next to a fire, curl up on a bed and snuggle into the night. "Bailey has so many positives to bring into a home. He's housebroken, well trained, good with kids, will have endless love for his owners and is very playful. They easily outweigh the negative of not being able to go to a dog park." said Grindley, PAWS volunteer. "Bailey is my favorite dog at the shelter because he always is happy to see me no matter what. His ‘smile' and tail wagging never disappear."
Bailey's dream home would be with a family looking for a fun-loving companion and include a fenced-in yard so he can play to his heart's content. He'd be happy to share with home with children and hopes for many days of playing fetch and many nights of snuggling! The public is invited to attend Bailey's birthday party which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. Cake and soda will be served and Bailey will get to open presents! Those who are interested can meet with Bailey and an adoption counselor to talk about "bailing him out."
"We are very much looking forward to this birthday party for Bailey," said Lawless. "Hopefully he will get all the attention he deserves and maybe even get his birthday wish fulfilled and find a forever home."
Bailey is 8 years old, up-to-date on vaccinations, neutered and microchipped.
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PAWS always has numerous dogs and cats available for adoption. Most of them are pictured online. Click here for a list of pets at our shelter.
Everyone interested in adopting a pet from PAWS must complete an adoption application before they come in to see pets. Makes the process go a bit smoother and helps us get a better idea of what your needs are. This way we can try to determine what pets might be a good match for your situation. Not all pets are suited for all homes & vice-versa. Also, if we have your application ahead of time and any info is missing, we can get it resolved before you come in.
Please allow 24 hours for us to begin processing your application. We will make every attempt to contact you within one week of submitting your application. Once we have your application & have reviewed it, one of the adoption counselors will give you a call to set up a time to see the pets.
The shelter is open to the public on Mondays & Tues for donation drop off, information and other services but adoptions are by appointment on those days.
PAWS is open to the public during the hours listed above. The public is invited to visit our shelter during those hours to inquire about animals available for adoption, learn about our adoption process, and complete an adoption application. It is best to call ahead for an appointment to meet with an Adoption Counselor, as one might not be available to meet with walk-in applicants, or there might be a lengthy wait.
However, walk-ins are welcome and we will make every effort to accommodate them.
Applications are available online, or you may stop by the shelter during the hours listed above, to complete an application and learn more about our adoption process.
The adoption applications can be found at Cat Adoption Application or Dog Adoption Application.
Please note that animals can only interact with adoption applicants who have completed an application and met with an adoption counselor.
For the comfort and well-being of our dogs, only staff and volunteers may enter our kennel area.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have other pets, please bring a copy of your Vet records so that we may verify that they are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. This is necessary prior to adopting a pet from PAWS in the evening or on the weekends as we are not able to reach most Vets by phone at those times.
We can be flexible if the listed adoption times do not work for you.
When coming to see pets, whether by appointment or during the open house, please expect to spend at least one hour at PAWS with the pets. It is important that you spend time with the pets in order to select a pet that is a good match for your family.
The adoption applications can be found at Cat Adoption Application or Dog Adoption Application.
The adoption fee helps us defray the cost of the animal's food, boarding and medical care. Any additional donation you would like to make above the adoption fee is greatly appreciated. Your contributions are tax deductible.
Cats & Kittens: $100
Cat pairs (1 yr and older): $150
The feline adoption fees include age-appropriate vaccines and testing for Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia for kittens over 12 weeks of age (Please Note: No test is 100% accurate for these viruses). We spay/neuter all cats and kittens old enough for the procedures before they go home with you. We also offer low-cost options for spaying/neutering unaltered kittens when they are old enough to be altered.
Dogs & Puppies: $210
The canine adoption fees include age-appropritate vaccines, testing for heartworm, and microchip. We spay/neuter all dogs and puppies old enough for the procedures before they go home with you. We also offer low-cost options for spaying/neutering unaltered puppies when they are old enough to be altered.
Looking for a gift for the pet lover in your life? Want to support the mission of PAWS instead of supporting the local mega-mall? Shop at the PAWS on-line store where all proceeds help us to provide shelter, food and medical care to the deserving homeless animals in our care.
Orders may be placed on-line with a credit card through our secure server or you can print out the order for and mail it to us with your check.
Visit our PAWS Store and shop 'til you drop to help pets in need!
We are taking a break for the winter but check back soon for upcoming events!
PAWS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in continuous operation since 1962 by Westport, Connecticut resident Betty Long to rescue homeless dogs and place them in permanent homes. In the early 1980s, our rescue efforts were expanded to include cats. PAWS rescues & rehomes approximately 115 dogs and 435 cats annually. Many of the dogs faced euthanasia at local pounds and most of the cats that we help are strays and abandoned cats that roam our streets. A portion of the pets that come to PAWS have been relinquished by their owners who are no longer able to care for them.
As we are a registered non-profit, all contributions to PAWS are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.
PAWS has a handful of paid staff and a team of dedicated volunteers that help with everything to fundraising, to kennel work, to walking dogs and much, much more. Every person at PAWS is a valued & needed member of our team - without them we could not accomplish the miracle that happen every day!
For 37 years, PAWS rented space from local boarding kennels & veterinary hospitals. Over time, the demands placed on us by the community increased and we felt that in order to increase & expand our services, we would need our own shelter. In 1999, PAWS undertook the task of building a shelter of our own. We moved into our own shelter in 2001 and have since greatly increased the number of pets we have been able to help.
We constantly seek to increase the number of lives we can save by finding adoptive homes for the animals in our care, working closely with other animal groups, and raising funds to secure the supplies and facilities necessary for our operation.
PAWS also seeks to decrease the number of unwanted pets by informing and educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering. PLEASE NOTE: PAWS does not provide low cost spay/neuter programs for pets. For low cost spay/neuter resources, please visit the spay/neuter section of our links page on our website at www.pawsct.org.
Phone: (203) 750-9572
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter