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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

123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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!