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Dent County Animal Welfare Society

5358 South Highway 19
Salem, MO 65560

Our Mission

We moved into our new shetler July of 2014.

DCAWS was founded in 1990.

We are a small shelter serving a rural area.  We do have a wide base of support and many volunteers in the St. Louis area.  We are a no-kill shelter (euthanasia limited to the vicious or terminally illl), with an annual rate of .04%. 

We are almost always overly full..  We try very hard, working endlessly at trying to place pets in good homes.   We have a shoestring budget and are pretty much a no-frills operation, but we do have a heart and the pets with us are loved and well cared for until time of placement.  Please don't be unhappy for those at the shelter a long time because, for many of them, this is the best they have ever had it:  Food, water, protection from the elements, veterinary care and people who treat them kindly.

Adoption Policy

We have many beautiful pets to choose from, both dogs and cats.  Most of these are featured on Pet Finder or Facebook.

All DCAWS pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and micro-chipped prior to adoption. 

Adoption fees vary, depending on many factors, as low as $60 on dogs that have been there a while and $40 for cats with same situation. Base adoption for dogs is $150, puppies 1 year and under $175, and cats are $125.  We also have many kittens who are available for adoption that are $40 but are too small to be spayed/neutered. We do require you to sign a spay/neuter contract at time of adoption. Please give us a call if you would like more details. 573-729-3556.

We are located in Salem, Missouri, 5358 S. Hwy 19 (please do not use GPS directions; they don't send you the right place)   Adoption hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment.

  • day hours
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 1-5pm
    Wednesday 1-5pm
    Thursday 1-5pm
    Friday 1-5pm
    Saturday 1-5pm Appointment Only
    Sunday Closed
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