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Prairie Paws Animal Shelter

3173 HWY K68
Ottawa, KS 66067

Our Mission

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter’s Mission Statement is to provide compassionate care and placement for animals in need.


Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is a private, no kill, 501 (c)(3), non-profit shelter, founded over 70 years ago by Beatrice Martin Peck. Though the tireless efforts of our staff and volunteers Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is dedicated to carrying out the following actions:


· Give aid and comfort to the homeless shelter animals
· Educate the community in responsible pet ownership
· Help reunite pets with owners by offering low cost micro chipping
· Provide pet adoptions
· Create a safer community


As of 12/16:
Live Release Rate 96%*
YTD 1085 Served
Adoptions 835
Returned To Owner 191
Transfer 17
Euthanasia 25 ( 19 Severe Health Issues / 6 Temperament)
Total Dispositions 1085
Total Live Dispositions 1060


*Total Live Dispositions Divided By Total Dispositions

Adoption Policy

Here's the scoop on the adoption process:

Placing a Hold: A hold may be placed on an animal for $20.00 a day up to 3 business days ($60.00 max). The hold fee is non-refundable and does not go towards the adoption fee. We encourage you to utilize the hold system if you are interested in a certain pet. A credit card number may be given over the phone or the fee paid at the shelter to ensure the pet you are interested in is available for a meet and greet. Placing the animal on hold makes it so others cannot have a meet and greet with the animal until the hold expires. Holds are on a first call/come first serve basis. You must call or come in, holds cannot be put down via email. You may call the shelter as early as 8am on any open day to place a hold.

In person meet and greet: Potential adopters must come and meet the animal before an adoption can take place. We cannot do over the phone sight unseen adoptions. Business hours vary and are listed on our website (www.prairiepaws.org) or at end of our email correspondence. If you have other animals you would like to bring to the meet and greet we encourage you to do so. We have outdoor enclosures and trained kennel staff will assist with all meet and greets. All family members, including children, are encouraged to attend the meet and greet.

Adoption Questionnaire: Potential adopters will need to fill out the adoption questionnaire. Adoption questionnaires are available on our website or at the meet and greet. Once complete, an Adoption Counselor will review the questionnaire with the potential adopter and will have a discussion to ask and/or answer any additional questions. From there, the adoption counselor will print and review all appropriate paperwork with the adopter to provide important and and educational information regarding the animal.

Adoption fees: Adoption fees must be paid in full at time of adoption – no partial payments are accepted. Cash, Check or all major credit cards are accepted. Adoption fees vary. Please note if you live in the city of Ottawa a dog license fee must also be paid at time of adoption. Annual renewal of dog licenses is required between January 1st and February 15th.

Taking your animal home: The State of Kansas requires that all cats and dogs must be sterilized (spayed/neutered) before going to their new homes. In most cases animals will have already been sterilized before being placed on the adoption floor and you will be able to take your new companion home with you the day of adoption. However, if the animal is not yet sterilized, they will need to stay at the shelter and we will schedule the surgery on the next available date (usually within a week). We do request that all dogs go home with a collar/leash, so if you have one please bring it along or we do have a great selection available in our retail area.

The shelter is open to the public: Mon, Wed, Thurs 11-6 and Sat 11-4. If you are interested in this pet, please either email Prairie Paws Animal Shelter at info@prairiepaws.org, for an application visit our website @ prairiepaws.org or call 785.242.2967 for more information.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter
3173 HWY K68
Ottawa, KS 66067
785-242-2967
prairiepaws.org
Hours: Mon / Wed / Thurs - 11am-6pm Saturday 11am -4pm
Closed: Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday

  • day hours
    Monday 11am - 6pm
    Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday 11am - 6pm
    Thursday 11am - 6pm
    Friday Closed
    Saturday 11am - 4pm
    Sunday Closed
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