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PAWS Animal Shelter

PO Box 1814
57 Lemons Branch Road
Bryson City, NC 28713

Our Mission

P.A.W.S. Mission Statement
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.

Placing Animals Within Society

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 gr

Adoption Policy

Adoption Program

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.

Our staff knows each animal 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.

How Do I Adopt?

Come in and tell us what type of companion pet you're looking for

Meet and greet your potential matches

Talk with ou

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