To help alleviate the suffering of abandoned abused, homeless and injured animals in Swain County. We provide a caring haven and find loving homes for as many as possible. Through community outreach, education and media, we seek to transform local cultural norms so that human-animal bonding and neuter/spay become more widely practiced in our region.
P.A.W.S. is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1990 to help the plight of abandoned, unwanted, and stray animals in Swain County, North Carolina. Through fund-raising activities, donations and grants, PAWS has been able to build a much needed no-kill animal shelter. Donations, memberships, and fund raisers also provide our operational budget.
Whether you’re a first time adopter or looking for another companion, chances are there is someone waiting just for you at PAWS. While we never know from day to day who will come through our doors needing shelter, most of the time we have a variety of dogs and cats, puppies and kittens to suit what you’re looking for in a companion pet.
Kessa, our shelter operations manager knows every PAWS dog and cat very well. Spending time each day with each animal gives her a good background on their personality, temperament, activity level and emotional needs. This information helps her to match up the adopter with the adoptee resulting in a successful and lifelong human/animal companionship.
Adoption fee is $65.00. This fee helps to defray the basic medical care given to each animal that comes into the shelter.
Your pet will have the following:
Welcome to P.A.W.S., a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter in Bryson City, Swain County, NC. We’re glad you’re here!
In 1990, a group of people in Swain County, NC, concerned by the number of homeless animals, many in need of medical assistance, like Sonny, founded P.A.W.S. as a way to help. In a rural, economically depressed area with no county animal control resources available, P.A.W.S. became a volunteer based foster care network that established a low-cost neuter/spay program in collaboration with local veterinarians.
To help fund these veterinary costs, more volunteers were recruited in 1993 and P.A.W.S. opened a small thrift store business in the community. Today, the store provides 43% of the money needed to keep our shelter doors open, providing much needed services to our community.
Through thrift store sales, grants and private donations, enough funds were raised to purchase land and an all volunteer crew built our no-kill shelter in 1995.
P.A.W.S. has provided financial assistance for 9,000 spay/neuter surgeries. We have adopted out over 2,500 animals and reunited hundreds of lost animals with their people.We are the only shelter in the county, serving 14,000 people. Although P.A.W.S. doesn't receive any help from the county government, our dedication to the animals and community has resulted in a decrease in the number of homeless dogs and cats.
P.A.W.S. is a small shelter, which allows us to give lots of attention to the animals we take in. (The downside is that we don’t get to take in as many cats and dogs as we would like.) So, whether you are looking for a new pet, or a way to help out in the community, P.A.W.S. is the place to be!
|PAWS Adoption Center & Offices
57 Lemons Branch Road
PO Box 1814
Bryson City, NC 28713
|PAWS Thrift Store
110 Bryson Walk
Bryson City, NC 28713
Great bargains for a great cause!