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PAWS New England

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We rescue abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs from high-kill shelters, and provide them with veterinary care and much needed TLC. When they’re ready, we adopt them into safe and loving homes.

Results: Since being founded in 2006, we've saved the lives of more than 3,500 dogs.

Geographic areas served: TN, RI, MA, CT, NH and VT

Community Stories

159 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stephanie W.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Valentino's story (aka ROLO) is a happy ending thanks to all the efforts of the volunteers at PAWS New England! Our adoption coordinator, Shelley was fantastic. Deborah, was his foster mom who had recognized that he was such a sweet & deserving dog that had been overlooked for 10 mos at Tipton County shelter in TN. As an adult, male Pit bull terrier in a large shelter, his odds of adoption there were not so good & although Deborah already had 8 dogs in her care, she decided she just had to take him in. We spotted his adorable "glamour shots" & description on PAWS' website and had to know more about him.
Deborah & Shelley were so forthcoming in sharing the info that my family needed to make the decision to adopt out of state, sight unseen. In fact every single person at PAWS New England was amazingly helpful & a pleasure to work with! We live in midcoast Maine & Shelly was able to recruit 3 kind volunteers to help relay Valentino from CT to ME after he was brought by transport from Tennessee. It's been 4 months since we brought this boy home & we couldn't be happier. We continue to let everyone that we know about PAWS New England & our wonderful experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I hope this review finds anyone who has the misfortune of having to rehome their dog/ Forgive the length (I usually try to be brief), but in a situation that can be so remarkably difficult, I hope some of the level of detail provided will ease some of the pain & nerves.

Our dog of four and a half years bit our 15 month old daughter - resulting in a stitch to her head & laceration on her eyelid that has thankfully healed. It wasn't an isolated event - we had a previous scare & a hand full of minor incidents. While our dog by no means was aggressive in nature, his high levels of anxiety mixed with a perpetual need to be in the mix of things proved to be a poor mix for a home w/ an increasingly mobile toddler. We made the decision to rehome our dog - a decision that was both easy to make, while remarkably painful.

The obedience trainer that we had used had connected us with NE Paws - and I genuinely can't say enough nice things about them. To say they went "above & beyond" our expectations would be a disservice to the amount of work & empathy that was shown.

The foster mother (Lauren) connected w/ us on a video conference call the day we reached out to them - even though she was on vacation seeing her daughter & grandchildren. She was incredibly kind, understanding & patient - as she listened to my wife & I blabber through tears explaining the situation. On that call she committed to staying in constant contact, giving the dog a great transitional home and allowing us to be apart of the adoption process - and she absolutely delivered on each and every front.

We dropped our dog off at the foster's home - which honestly seemed more like a dog resort. Plenty of space inside & an enormous fenced in backyard with a ton of space, toys everywhere, a plastic kiddy pool, etc. The foster mother's husband (Gary) proved to be just as kind as Lauren, walking us through all the sorts of things they do w/ the dogs including walks, hikes, trips to the beach, etc. They also discussed their overall approach to fostering - a week of observation before listing the dog, including some boundary-testing so they could get a full understanding of what would and would not be a good home for the dog. Once the dog was listed we could be involved (if we wanted), and they would have no reservations about declining an application if they didn't see it as a fit.

We were sent home with a hug & words of encouragement from Lauren, as well an entire box of kleenex that we absolute most certainly needed. We were told to reach out to her w/ as many updates as we needed, and a smiling photo of our dog was sent to us via text even before we were home, shortly followed up by an update on how he had done on his first walk.

The week of observation we were sent plenty of photos & text updates. When NE Paws felt they identified a good fit for our dog, Lauren reached out w/ a few follow-up questions she had to make sure it would be an ideal fit. We'd connect with the gentleman who wanted to adopt that week to address any outstanding questions he had. Afterward, Lauren reached out to us to make sure we didn't have any outstanding concerns with the adopter, while relaying to us that she'd made it clear that it'd be important for us to stay in contact w/ him.

Re-homing your dog is an awful process. NE Paws can't make it not painful - but it'll be immediately clear that you are in as capable of hands as possible - and you will be consistently re-validated throughout the process of that.

Sheila Eastman J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were finally ready to rescue another dog to join our family. During the pandemic it was not easy to find dogs let alone a lab-ish puppy we were seeking. I was fortunate to hear about this rescue from a friend and I reached out immediately. We were lucky enough to get one of the Tennessee "Snow Puppies" that needed homes. The process was very smooth the communication was excellent from coordinator Joanne and foster mom Fong. We couldn't be happier with our girl Juneau joining our family! PAWS of New England is an excellent organization and highly recommend them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our adoption coordinator, Terri, and the foster family were so wonderful to work with during the process of adopting our dog. As first time dog owners (primary), we understood why our many applications were not chosen but were glad PAWS New England decided to choose us to adopt our dog. Both Terri and the foster family were very communicative throughout the process, answering all of our questions and keeping us updated until we got to bring her home. We also felt like they were very honest and gave us as much information possible about her temperament/health. While it was an adjustment for our dog to move from a more wide open area to city living, she is doing great. When we had issues with some reactivity, the PAWS team sent us resources and local organization that could help us. All in all, we would highly recommend PAWS NE to anyone interested in adopting a dog.

Audrianna O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two rescues now through this organization. They are both our first rescues, we adopted one 3 years ago and then one most recently a year ago. I can’t rave about this organization enough. They are so organized, the process is detailed as it should be but not so difficult it is impossible. You get right away the people donating their time here really care about the animals, they devote their time so selflessly to the cause. Our first pup came up on a big AC-cooled, well run truck. It was so cool to see other people line up to welcome their new pup. It was a very special experience, I felt like a new mama! Haha. Second experience, we adopted her directly from foster and they were so accommodating, as we had been past adopters. Adopted another literal angel. We have had so much success with them and we thank them every day they have done all the hard work so we can share our lives with our two gems. Specifically Joanne and Chris are amazing. But everyone there is amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been trying to adopt for months, going through every organization I could find, applying for dog after dog. I kept getting denied again and again, mostly because I was a “first time dog owner”. I felt I was being treated so unfairly because I have more experience with dogs than most and I have wanted one of my own for so long. Then I came across PAWS and although I wasn’t a right fit for the first dog I applied for, the coordinator saw my passion and wanted to help me. She took the time to find another dog that she thought would be a great fit for me and set me up with his coordinator. I’m so glad she did because it kickstarted the process of bringing my Alfie into his new forever home. The volunteers of PAWS were friendly, polite, helpful and efficient. The process went much quicker than anticipated, especially after applying elsewhere for months on end, and next thing I know I’m speaking with the foster. He was also great and let me set up a meet and greet and I ended up taking Alfie home that same day. I’m so grateful for everyone I worked with and would absolutely recommend working with PAWS. Overall best experience I had with a pet adoption agency and I worked with at least a dozen. So thank you all!

1 Allie T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely fantastic group of people. I was supported every step of the way and they were transparent about my dog's history and needs. They continued supporting me after the adoption and I can't be more grateful for the care and support of Ting and myself.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Izzy came to us in September 2020. We lost our beloved Edgar in June and we were and still are completely devastated from the loss. We wanted to give another deserving pup a good home and PAWS helped us do that! Izzy is the sweetest, funniest, silly girl! We can not imagine our lives without her and I think Edgar sent her to us! Every person we have come across from PAWS has been amazing! I tell people about PAWS almost daily!! We are so grateful to each and every person that works there!

Chelsey A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my puppy Winter “Winnie” in January. Through the adoption process i could tell that this organization truly cares about sending pets to their forever home. My adoption coordinator Sam was excellent and communicated frequently. Once winter was with her foster family, i got daily updates and pictures. The family also used the name i had picked out so she would be used to it. Some friends i know have adopted through different rescues and did not receive the same level of coordination. 10/10 would recommend this organization and will adopt from them in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Cooper through Paws New England in January, 2021. The process could not have gone smoother! We are especially thankful to the foster family in Tennessee. After they received our contact info from Paws NE they contacted us and while we waited for his arrival they shared pictures, his schedule, personality traits, likes/dislikes & more. They even asked what we planned to name him & started to call him by our chosen name to get him used to it. When we began our search doe a dog, I truly believed the “right” dog would find us and thanks to Paws New England, he did.

Tara C.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to PAWS New England, Spencer was a shining star in our families pandemic experience. He has brought so much love, adventure, comfort and fun into our lives. Our rescue experience was perfect. We worked with a few volunteers from PAWS New England who educated, supported and inspired us during the adoption journey. We cannot express our thanks enough!

Shoshana A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Bola through PAWS NE and had such a positive experience! All of the staff and volunteers were so helpful and supportive from start to finish. They answered all of our questions immediately and took care to ensure that we were getting the support we needed. Bola is 7 months old now and we’re so thankful to have her as a member of our family. Thank you to everyone at PAWS NE for helping us rescue our beautiful girl!

Kristin D.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our puppy, Dottie, in December 2020. Coming to us in Massachusetts all the way from Texas, the PAWS New England team including the foster in Texas supported us every step of the way; always ready to answer questions at the drop of an email. Dottie is 7 months old now and when we ran into a snag in her training we reached out to PAWS whom then immediately connected us with their behavioral team and within 24 hours we were receiving support...at no cost to us beyond the initial adoption fee. They’re a wonderful organization and my family and I look forward to working with them again in the future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Cinnamon in July of this year from Paws New England. I had applied for dogs on pet finder and other organizations, but hadn’t had any luck-until I applied through Paws New England. The process was pleasant and everyone who works for Paws truly cares for the animals and ensures they go to great homes. Everyone was professional and kind, and super helpful when it came to any questions or concerns I had. Cinnamon has been such an amazing addition to our family! We still stay in touch with Donna and her foster Mom Gina. Cinnamon even went and visited her! I can’t say enough great things about this organization. They truly do God’s work!

Ted S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a Beagle/Lab mix rescue named Penny through PAWS NE and the experience was perfect from start to finish. Everyone we spoke to -- all empathetic, knowledgeable, loving women -- Terri, Joanne, Nancy, Dana and Kathy -- were super helpful. If you are on the fence about adopting through PAWS -- jump off -- they are well worth your time and investment.

Ted S. and Burke P.
Deep River, CT

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience adopting my pup, Kiwi, through Paws New England was nothing short of incredible. Everyone I worked with through Paws, from adoption coordinators, to “virtual” home visit coordinators, to Kiwi’s foster mom, was so helpful and knowledgeable throughout the process. PAWS takes the time to ensure that each dog is going to the perfect home. I couldn’t be more pleased with the support I received along the way—and I ended up with the perfect new canine best friend!

1 Mike S.21

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS NE helped my family find a perfect fit for us. My boys and I are first time dog owners and our adoption coordinator Dana S. was there for every single question we had. She walked us through the process and stayed in touch throughout. Foster Nancy R. gave us more info and shared photos of the boy we eventually made part of our family, Hubert. He was a perfect fit for us and quickly became a part of our life. We can't imagine things without him now. We tried other adoption programs but are quite grateful that we found PAWS NE. They have stayed in touch with us and are genuinely interested in Hubert's journey. We 100% recommend them and have suggested them to friends and family. -Mike Smith

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very accomodating! My roommate needs an ESA and was told one dog didn't fit, but then received suggestions and help to find others. Definitely one of the best shelters around.

HENNMURPH1213

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted both our girls, Lyla and Salem, from PAWS New England, Feb. 2017 and May 2020. Working with our PAWS adoption counselors and other volunteers were wonderful. PAWS provides you with lots of pertinent and important information right up until the actual day of adoption. They are happy to answer any questions promptly. We had excellent experiences with PAWS NE — and two of the best dogs ever!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet Lyla from PAWS in February 2017. PAWS co-founder Joanne is a former neighbor of ours and we saw on a daily basis the deep commitment and love she had for her PAWS foster dogs. I saw Lyla on the PAWS Facebook page and was immediately in love. This 3-legged beagle/terrier just stole my heart. We had telephone conversations and emails with her Texas foster family that helped tremendously in getting to know her before she arrived in Massachusetts. We still share photos and updates with her foster family! The adoption process was smooth and informative and very professional. We absolutely ADORE our Lyla! She is an amazing addition to our family. Thank you PAWS!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience overall with PAWS New England! We've been so pleased with our dog adoption, and all the help they've offered along the way. After we adopted our pup, we were contacted regularly checking in to see how we and the dog were adjusting. They provided resources for training and education, they provide services for spaying/neutering (included in the fee), and they even chip the dog as well. We've been so pleased with the entire process, and we'd do it again in a heartbeat!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I are so thankful for Paws New England! I had been looking to adopt for a while, then our 9 year old shepherd, Gunner, passed and we stopped looking for a bit. After a few weeks I just longed to have a companion again, I missed Gunner every second of every day....my husband was not convinced. That all changed one Friday evening when I saw "McKinney" and showed him...he immediately said "apply for him." His adoption coordinator, Donna, was so sweet! She put me in contact with the foster Mom, who I still speak to almost daily, as well as helped me set up my home check! Everything happened so fast and I was beyond elated for it! I applied for him on a Friday and got to pick him him the following Saturday! He is now named Zeke and I could not picture our family with a different dog. He is crazy, curious, so affected and just the most adorable guy ever!

Dalila C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws New England’s was Amazing!!! Amber Connors was my adoption coordination and she did a great job. She connected me with my sweet boy Wyatt’s foster parents and I was able to ask them questions as well as them getting a chance to know me. Amber made getting my boy super easy and even when I was a little stressed out in the beginning she was available for me to talk to and advised me of a few tips. I had a cat at home and we were not sure if Wyatt was good with cats but Amber worked with the foster parents and the amazing foster Family was able to get Wyatt cat tested and he did such a great job! I fell in love with Wyatt at first picture! Him and I were meant to be and he’s the best dog I could have ever asked for! It was great not feeling alone when adopting a dog for the first time. Paw New England is amazing and I recommend this nonprofit to anyone and everyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beautiful Jenny from Paws New England. They have been so supportive throughout The whole process, and 3 weeks later they are still checking in. They truly care about the animals they rescue and ensure they are sending them to a loving home. I highly recommend adopting a dog from them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent experience from start to finish. Laura was amazing in facilitating everything with our puppy adoption. Thank you!

1 Lauren N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough good things about my experience at PAWS New England! Our adoption coordinator, Laura, was the best! There was always great communication and Laura was so willing to answer all of our questions, big or small. I love that everyone that works for this organization are dog lovers and truly want to place these dogs in the best home possible! I am forever grateful to PAWS for allowing us to adopt our girl!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking for a puppy to adopt during the pandemic as our elderly dog had just died. I had been looking around for weeks eventually found PAWS New England and a litter. I filled out an application and from the point where my application was received to the day we picked up our dog, about one month later, PAWS New England was incredibly helpful and professional. All the steps described in the adoption process were followed with care. Even after we got our puppy our adoption counselor Paula made herself available to check in with for advice and updates. We could not be happier.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a 3 year old mix in June and the experience was seamless. We spent time speaking with the foster family, the coordinator and eve got personal engagement from the co-founder to ensure that everything was going smoothly. It is our first dog as a family and she has fit in so nicely. I would recommend PAWS to anyone looking to adopt!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws New England help us fill a huge paw shaped hole in our hearts. Not only did they help us, but they also fill the same paw shaped hole in our lab, Scrappys heart too. They gave a an amazing girl we named Sage, and she’s become such a bright light in our lives. Everyone involved in Paws I encountered was so nice and helpful, the adoption process was great. Sage has become an amazing little sister to scrappy, and they’re inseparable, whether they’re chasing each other through the yard, wrestling in the living room, or snuggled on the couch. Thank you Paws for helping us find the missing puzzle piece to our family.

Megan D.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My fiancé and I experienced a lot of difficulty looking for a puppy during the pandemic. Ariana from PAWS worked with us tirelessly to find us a puppy that would fit in best with our lifestyle. She was extremely communicative and positive throughout our experience and we couldn’t be happier with the new addition to our family! Would recommend PAWS New England to anyone looking to rescue a deserving pup.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the great work of PAWS New England we were able to adopt our precious puppy Rocco. All throughout the process we worked with wonderful people who care about saving animals and giving them their best lives. Between the Adoption Coordinator Amber, the virtual home inspector Lisa, and the foster family, we were incredibly impressed with the friendliness and professionalism of the PAWS community. I sing their praises to everyone I meet and can’t stop looking at all the other dogs that need loving homes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a pup from PawsNewEngland back in Feb. of 2020, which they recused from a puppy hoarding situation in a southern state. The process was very detailed but yet simple because we had an adoption coordinator who was fantastic, Ariana. She walked us through each step kept us informed. The foster mom Fung, who had our pup prior to her coming to us, was so nice, she sent us photos and videos, met with us for a meet & greet, always available to discuss food & supplies. All prior vet paperwork was provided. The home inspection was also super easy, the volunteer worked with our schedule, was friendly & punctual. Our puppy was already trained and social, I think due to the fact that she wasn't kenneled but in a home with a foster family, we liked that and considered this vital. If we decide to add to our family again we will definitely adopt through PawsNewEngland. She is such a happy dog and couldn't imagine our life without her now! Thank you to all the outstanding volunteers @ PawsNewEngland.

Victoria A.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with animal rescue groups for a decade or more. After moving to the New England area I decided to join PAWS of New England as a foster parent. I must say that this is a group of stellar, dedicated individuals that work together seamlessly to find the right home for the animals that come up from the South. I am proud to be able to be a part of this team and to be able to make a difference.

I am also a adopter of a PAWS dog, and I am grateful that I was able to adopt Sophie, our newest best friend.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for several years now and this is one of the best rescues I have worked with. Everyone works together for the good of the dogs and no dogs are left behind or looked over due to extent or expense of medical issues. The people I have met through this organization renew my faith in my fellow human beings everyday with the love, compassion they have for the dogs and the commitment everyone has to make sure every dog gets the best chance they could possible get.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Paws New England almost two years ago. My initial intent was to offer short term help after Hurricane Harvey. The experience was so positive, I decided I wasn’t going to be a “one and done”.

The infrastructure and support enables me to do more than I was able to do in a smaller organization.

Mel P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue has such a wonderful history of helping the animals of Northeast Arkansas.

Simone-Claire Girard D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We couldn’t be more pleased with every aspect of our experience. From the moment we saw our dog, Desi Lu, on the PAWS NE site, the process was straightforward and the coordinator and the foster mom were the perfect combination of supportive and helpful to us, while vetting us thoroughly for the protection of the dog. We are so happy to have the perfect dog for our family and to be able to provide a good home to a dog who really needed one. Many thanks to all of the hardworking and caring volunteers at PAWS NE.

Heather M.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our Stella from Paws New England August of 2015. We are so lucky and grateful to Paws who brought us such an amazing girl. I would highly recommend Paws New England to anyone looking for a new addition to the family

Jennifer Ward M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted Quinton in 2017, a four year old-ish stray, and the experience was very positive. The process was quick, painless, informative and we had no reservations about adopting an adult dog sight unseen. Q has been a wonderful addition to our family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws New England has taken in 3 stray dogs I've helped over the past year from the Memphis, TN area. They completely vetted each dog including spay/neutering and found them awesome homes with northern families. While the dogs were me, PNE paid for everything they needed including vetting, food, treats, and transport to their new families. PNE was very professional and proficient. It was a complete joy to work with PAWs New England!

1 Kristin V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've adopted two of our dog's from Paws New England. The adoption process is thorough and the support throughout the process is amazing. We highly recommend Paws New England and absolutely adore our Paws dogs Nora and Mr. Fezziwig!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We not only foster but have also adopted twice from Paws NE. Wonderful, caring organization who always goes above and beyond for their dogs and does an amazing job matching dogs with forever families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Callie from this organization. We couldn’t imagine life without her! Paws made sure we were a good match and a happy home for her.

Gabby1229

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Kylie in July of 2018. She is the most loveable dog. She loves to give kisses, cuddle with her human family,play with her fur sibling and friends.
Thank you for allowing us to add her to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

PAWS NE helped us adopt our pup Kylie 2 months ago. The work and care they do and have for these animals is phenomenal!! She has become a very loving member of our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our girl four months ago a and could not be any happier with hers and the PAWS family! This organization made sure we were the right fit and that our puppy would be in a good home! Thank you for what you do!

Mb W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PAWS New England was top notch from beginning to end in our adoption process! In my opinion, we were a tough family to match. I was determined to adopt again, not only because I love dogs but because the loss of our 13 year old pup had left my 80 yr old mom who lives with us without a companion. We were complicated because of our 2 yr old twins- anxious, reactive dogs would not be a good mix... ha! A simple match in the rescue world ❤️. We had a horrible experience with an agency who apparently prioritized getting a dog a home over getting a dog the RIGHT home, which could save the already traumatized cutie the hardship of another transition, not to mention the toll it took on our family. The Paws team was very cohesive and worked to find us a great addition. They were clearly invested in the well being of all and called attention to potential problems before we all agreed that our Sadie would be a perfect fit for our family. I’m so grateful that they clearly were looking at the full picture. If you are looking to adopt a dog use PAWS New England!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Ellie is a Paws Alum, 8 months now, and is just the sweetest gentle soul. I am constantly impressed by the dedication and drive of all the Paws volunteers. Definitely an organization I highly recommend supporting!

Michelle Lurie F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our wonderful dog Lucy from PAWS New England 3 years ago. They really take the time to make sure the pup is a good match to your family. We had a volunteer come out to our house to verify that we were who we represented ourselves to be. They checked out our house, yard etc. the foster families are a blessing and when we picked up Lucy she filled us in with what we needed to know. Love the work that they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are two-time PAWS New England adopters and cannot recommend them enough! If not for PAWS, both our pups may have not have made it. Otis (adopted in 2014) was found as a stray in Tennessee with advanced heartworm disease and Wrigley (adopted in 2018) was brought to a shelter in Texas with a partial amputation that needed repair. PAWS stepped in to get them comprehensive medical care and amazing foster care while they healed. Throughout the adoption process and beyond, we've gotten nothing but transparency and support from the dedicated founders and volunteers. I follow the PAWS dogs online and am so impressed by the number of dogs they are able to save — from puppies to seniors to special needs. We feel super lucky to have added Otis and Wrigley to our family and can't thank the great folks at PAWS New England enough.

Debbie Bodner D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After less-than-ideal experiences trying to adopt from a couple other rescues, we learned about PAWS at an adoption event. It was clear from the start that PAWS was different. They don’t just want to place dogs, they want the best match for both people and pet. Adopters are fully vetted, dogs are honestly evaluated so you know what to expect. The amazing volunteers and foster families do everything possible to ensure a successful forever pairing.

Both our sweet boys came to us from PAWS; Max joined our family 5 years ago and Scooter became part of the pack 3 years ago. We were hesitant because wouldn’t have the chance to meet Max ahead of time, taking him home right off the transport from down south. Joanne reassured us before adoption day and kept in touch after to make sure we and Max were getting on well. Scooter was fostering in MA, and we were able to meet him with Max before finalizing his adoption.

The PAWS does rescue/adoption the right way, and we recommend them to anyone looking to add a furry bundle of love to their life!

3 Samantha T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year I decided I was ready to find my “fur baby”. I came across Luca on the PAWS adoption page and instantly fell in love with her. I knew right then I needed to adopt her and give her a forever home. I live in Massachusetts and she was in a foster home in Texas so unfortunately I was unable to meet her prior to adoption. At first I was skeptical about it but the process they took to make sure she was a good match for me put me at ease. I spoke with a woman from PAWS who explained the process to me, then had someone come to my house to make sure I was a suitable pet owner and that Luca would be taken care of. Following this I then was able to speak with her Foster mother, Betsy, who assured me she was a wild child but had a loving, fun personality. Betsy was very honest and I was appreciative for that. 2 weeks later I drove to the drop off location and was given Luca and knew I made the right choice. She has been such a joy to have. She greets me with kisses in the morning, she plays well with other dogs and has been working on her bad habits but without a doubt I wouldn’t trade her for the world. PAWS helps so many animals in need and I absolutely will be adopting from them again in the future!

3 Alison D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to PAWS, Amber our coordinator, and Betsy the amazing foster momma, for creating the path that led to Lily becoming a part of our family! The entire adoption process was expedient, thorough, and overall a very positive experience! Great efforts were made to make sure she was a perfect fit for our family, and we couldn't picture another dog filling her shoes as well as she does.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS NE helped us to find the absolute perfect addition to our family. Poppy (fka Eve) was my third application, but we are SO glad we got her. My daughter and I needed her just as much as she needed us. The fosters are amazing and work very hard to make sure their foster pup is a good fit for your home. The adoption process was smooth with accurate information from beginning to end. Please please adopt from PAWS and help support an amazing rescue team!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my dog Oceana from PAWS New England in November 2017. From the foster mom, from TN who reached out to me and always made herself available to my texts and calls, even after the adoption to the adoption coordinator and the volunteer who visited my home everyone seemed to really care about Oceana and finding her the best home possible. Oceana is such a sweet and happy dog and I am so thankful to PAWS for bringing her into my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our little man Buddy from PAWS New England in 2016. The overall experience was amazing. The quality of their web site, the amazing variety of rescued dogs that were available, the thorough nature of their vetting process for adopters, the efficient process for actually obtaining your rescue, and the kindness and efficiency of the staff, were the very best we have encountered.
We highly recommend PAWS to anyone considering adoption.
And, Buddy agrees with all of the above.

1 Stacy Scott B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PawsNE helped bring this beautiful girl (Princess Buttercup) to us a little over a year ago! Everybody (adoption coordinator, home visit coordinator and her southern and northern fosters) were so helpful, so encouraging, and so patient with us as first time puppy parents. I cant rave about PNE enough. I wish I could rescue more furry friends.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws NE is the best rescue! We got our dog from them five years ago. They are trustworthy and truly an amazing group of angels. They really evaluate each dog’s needs and find the best fit for the animal and family.

Alyssa M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Zara (fka Hattie) has been the best addition to our family! Our first rescue needed a companion to help break him out of his shell and Zara has been the perfect match! The process in obtaining Zara was not as overwhelming as through other rescues we had looked into. Her foster mom was very flexible in meeting us and encouraged our other dog to come meet her as well. Zara is social and friendly and loves to play. Now that she has a baby sister she has proven to be the best big sis as well! She is so great with our one year old! We are grateful to have had such a great experience!

Kristin W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my best friend Bruschi from the rescue in 2009 and I loved what they do so much that I wanted to get involved. I started fostering for them in 2010 and I have fostered over 30 dogs with the group. They are so committed to their dogs- supporting adopters with advice, training for adoptable dogs with behavioral challenges and trying to match families with the dog best fit to their family. I found my second dog, a senior pit bull type, Cheyenne, when I fostered her and decided she would retire with me. Can’t say enough good things about this group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued our Pup almost a year ago. His transition from Texas was seemless and PAWS helped every part of the way from the adoption coordinator to the foster, the special transport and finally a backyard delivery! I was so inspired by all the volunteers, I have begun volunteering for PAWS myself and telling everyone I can about this great organization!

Katy, Bobby and Ziggy!

Mary N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our 2 perfect dogs from PAWS and could not imagine our lives without them. Both dogs were from TN. Our first perfect girl Lilly Lou was 16 weeks old and was fostered in MA. Everyone at PAWS was so wonderful during the process, that 6 months later, we adopted our second dog, a 10 week old little guy who was being fostered in TN. PAWS arranged transportation for him and on super bowl Sunday last year, he was all ours. We could not be happier to have them and without PAWS, it would not have been possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fostered for PAWS until I moved out of New England a few weeks ago. If you are thinking of volunteering for PAWS, do it. You will not find a more helpful, organized, informed, and caring group of people. Fostering for PAWS is as flexible as you need it to be in terms of schedule, the types of dogs you foster, and the degree of your involvement with the process. If you're worried you won't be able to let your fosters go, you'll be so impressed by the quality of PAWS' adoptive families, and a unique feature of PAWS' is that as a foster, you can get to know adopters really well during the process so you feel confident about your foster's new family. Fostering for PAWS is so easy, and it is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I'm grateful for the experience and can't recommend it highly enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our girl from PAWS New England last year to add a 2nd dog to our family after losing one of our labs. Shortly after adopting her we lost our 2nd lab. Having a puppy really helped fill in the hole and we can’t imagine life without her! Adoption was a breeze and everyone is so friendly. My mom adopted her dog through PAWS and a neighbor just did as well!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my rescue girl, Tempe, from PAWS NE in December 2014. They were amazing to work with from start to finish. My adoption coordinator, home visit volunteer and the awesome foster mom in TN who I spoke with at length, everyone was kind, responsive, professional and always focused on what is best for the dog. Cannot thank them enough and already look forward to adopting from them again!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Sampson in 2014. He was a great fit into our then big family! Paws worked with us to make sure we were all a great match. I was so impressed with this organization, we put on a food drive for them in our community that fall. Now this year I have fostered puppies for them. I get to see things from the other side. I am amazed and inspired by the hard working and loving volunteers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS New England is amazing! I adopted a dog last year and they made the process so easy. I was able to talk to the foster Mom and she sent pictures and videos. My PAWS dog is such a great addition to our family and they were so helpful every step of the way. I recommend PAWS to everyone I know and have even had a friend adopt a senior dog through PAWS. They will be my go to the next time I am ready to adopt!