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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

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Lucky Ducky last Saturday and he already feels like family. PAWS NE was amazing to work with and made sure we had a great fit. I have recommended PAWS to everyone who will listen.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my baby Rusty Ryder FKA as Ryder Roo from Paws and Ive had him for almost a year now and I couldnt love him more! Great experience, easy adoption!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Mint Julip in June 2017 and absolutely love her! We call her JuJu or Mint or just Beautiful. Melinda Rondeau and her husband of Massachusetts were the perfect foster parents for her. They taught her to sit and she was house trained when we got her! She is a clever little girl who loves other dogs and cats. She is still leary of new people but we're working hard to help her be more social. It seemed like it took forever to get the adoption thru but now it seems like she has always been a part of our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

How lucky could we be to have found PAWS of NE and our little princess, Molly! We have had her for almost a year now and she is the biggest joy to my husband and me. We were unfamiliar with PAWS, but found Molly while searching online. We had recently moved to our favorite retirement destination, when we came in contact with Elaine through PAWS. Funny thing was this foster mom was from a community close to where we used to live so I recognized the telephone area code and exchange number when it was given to us. We had several conversations with Elaine and she explained that even though she was Molly's foster mom, she had also adopted her. But after a while, even though she loved (and still does!) love Molly, she had to give her up because Molly was not happy. She had other foster animals, and she knew that Molly wanted to be the single dog in the family. Elaine did this for her love of Molly. After being approved we were able to meet Molly. The first words out of my husband's mouth were "She's beautiful!" Shortly after meeting our princess, we had a situation arise that would cause us to delay our adopting her. The staff at PAWS worked with us and Elaine was gracious enough to keep her until we could take her. We didn't want to lose her!!! When it was time for the delivery day Elaine came to us. We know how difficult it was for her. We were all in tears. But she said she knew when she met us that we were the right family for Molly. We most certainly still feel that way!!! The other great part of this relationship is that we have family back in Elaine's community, so every time we get a chance to go back, we let Elaine know, and we all meet up for lots of hugs. And Molly still runs to Elaine every time for kisses! What does that say about a great person, and foster & adoptive mom? Now Molly has a "dadda & a new momma," and she loves all of us. Thank you so much to PAWS of NE for not only finding us a new furry baby, but also a new dear friend who we can still call for advice if we need to!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws NE was so amazing to work with. We originally had taken in a dog from extended family and tried to work with this dog who was a sweet boy but didn't like my kids. I was put in contact with Joanne from Paws who was great and took in this little fella who needed a quiet home. She was able to find him that home. In turn she said she would help us find our family dog. I had looked through the adoptable dogs who fit our criteria and our beautiful Ziva was one who I had really liked. Joanne contaced Zivas foster Diane who happened to live close by. It worked out that we were able to have a meet and greet with Ziva. She was an absolute joy and sweet girl. My kids liked her and she responded well to them. Which was our number one concern. We had another visit and it sealed the deal. We now have had her about a month and we feel like she's been with us since she was a puppy. Our family is complete. She has such a sweet personality and extremely playful. We would like to Thank Paws for helping our family with finding loving homes for not only one dog but for two.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws New England was so great to work with! We originally adopted a dog who was very shy and skiddish. We hoped that after some time she would warm up to our family but after a month she was getting worse instead of better. She was scared of our kids and wouldn't go near my husband. Her local foster mom Lauren was in constant contact checking in to see how we were doing. She was determined to find us the family dog we wanted. We decided to bring the dog back so she and us could find a better fit. When we brought her back we met Jackie Lee and instantly knew she was the right fit. Paws was awesome about the exchange and paying for care for an infection she had when we took her home. They also found a forever home for our first dog Telsa and I heard she's doing great! Lauren continues to stay in contact and I now consider her a friend. I would highly recommend Paws to any friends wanting to adopt.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with PAWS as a foster for the amazing pups that come this way! They are a wonderful organization that work very closely to make that these pups receive the best homes possible!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do I begin....this adoption process has been a great one. We adopted Christina, now named Lucy from Texas. She was a stray and heartworm positive, like many of these poor pups. We saw her on line and fell in love immediately. We started the adoption process and we're greeted by Kristin Sweeney. The process was very comprehensive and rightfully so, you need to make sure these pups are going to the best home. Our Lucy was fostered by Tara Tennant and family so she could go through her heartworm treatment. Tara is a beautiful and generous person, who fosters many dogs and gives them a nice transition to their forever home.
Lucy arrived 3 weeks ago and has settled in nicely, she is sleeping in my bed right now and will always have a place there for the rest of her life. She will be pampered, fed the best food and will go for many long walks. She will never know pain or heartache again. She is truly in her forever home. We love her so much! Thank you to all the volunteers, you are all gifts from God, please continue to do the work you do and save all these beautiful fur babies....God bless.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Twiggy on Thanksgiving morning, and could not be more thankful to the PAWS New England team! Kristin S. helped guide us through all our questions as new pet parents, and Kate and Kim were such loving foster moms. Twiggy fit right in as our little princess, and we can't imagine life without her!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough words to describe how absolutely amazing PAWS New England has been to both Matt and I. Winston Churchill has now been apart of our little family for a year and it has been the best year of our lives. From swimming to hiking to snuggling our everyday is filled with just that much more love because of this amazing organization. Our adoption coordinator Kristin S. was outstanding! I could not believe how throughly and efficiently the adoption process was. And we could have not picked a better foster family than Debbie and her kids, they gave Winston the perfect start to his happily ever after. We can not wait to adopt again, we LOVE PAWS New England!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Barkley a Yorkie mix through PAWS New England they are extremely a competent organization putting us through a though vetting process and found the care of their fosters very impressive. Barkley has brought such joy to our lives and will forever be grateful to Elaine and Paws for allowing us to bring Barkley to his forever home......with much gratitude and love ....Linda

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS was amazing and so helpful every step of the way. We adopted Aspen in March and he has been a great addition to our family. We have a five year old Wheaten Terrier who has anxiety and they worked with us to make sure that Aspen was the right dog for us. They got us in touch with his foster family and we were able to find out about his personality and get pictures and videos. I have already recommended PAWS to friends getting ready to adopt and would use them again in a second. We love Aspen and have PAWS to thank!

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS New England has been amazing - they helped us find our best friend Brody! Everyone we dealt with at PAWS including Tara and Kristin were amazing, and you could tell they really care about the animals they're helping. They kept us up to date throughout, and after dealing with several other shelters, their process was simple and easy to navigate. We are so thankful we found PAWS, and the perfect pup for us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted Thumbelina, a 6 month old puppy. She is amazing and we are thrilled to have her. The PAWS agency and especially Jeanne we wonderful. They are so caring and helped us through the entire process. Thumbelina is so well behaved and you can tell she was very well cared for. Thank you so much for our new family member!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS New England brought an underweight, abandoned American Bulldog mix up from TN in hopes of finding her a forever family.

The day this sweet little dog made the public listings of their website, I happened to look and read her story. My wife and I were moved by this little survivor's story. We contacted PAWS New England to inquire about availability. Months later, Sunny Daze is a happy and healthy treasured member of our family.

The PAWS New England staff have remained in touch and are like her extended family. They're available for advice and are a great support network. I've made new friends since rescuing my pup through PAWS New England and highly recommend people to rescue when looking for a pet.

PAWS New England is top dog in my opinion

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Bandit the summer of 2015. I cannot speak highly enough of his foster, Mary, or the PAWS organization. We had taken in a dog prior to PAWS from elsewhere and it was a disaster, so I was nervous; they walked me through every step, connected me with the foster, encouraged meet & greets, thoroughly vetted *us*, and made sure it was a good fit. Bandit is our love! We couldn't imagine our world without him. He was the perfect fit for our family, and we have PAWS to thank for that!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our senior (10 yr old) sweetheart about a year ago from PAWS New England. It was such a wonderful experience I now volunteer as an adoption coordinator, transport volunteer and hope to become a foster parent for the organization in the future. This is a group of dedicated men and women who truly care about the dogs and the adopter, always working to create the best match!!! It's a privilege to volunteer for this organization

Client Served

Rating: 5

My fiancé and I adopted Noel 2 years ago From PAWS New England. This is truly an amazing group of people who saved our little girl! She made it to MA from a shelter in Memphis TN and PAWS made sure she was perfectly taken care with medical care and a loving foster until she made it into her forever home, with us :) The world needs more people like this and more organizations like these!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My fiancé and I adopted our dog Noel about two years ago from Paws New England. PNE saved her life. She had a broken leg that healed incorrectly that needed amputation and horrific mange and later almost died from being allergic to medicine. PNE never gave up on her. After surviving Noel was adopted by someone who ultimately left her at a shelter, and PNE took Noel back when they found out to keep fighting for her to have the life she deserves. Everyone I spoke with during the adoption process was so helpful. I wanted to get Noel before my vacation started, and despite it being a time crunch PNE worked diligently so I could get Noel on time. I love seeing how much PNE loves their rescues when they post updated stories and adoptaversary pictures!! PNE is a truly incredible organization and I would recommend them to anyone considering adopting a dog!