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PROGRESSIVE ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY OF Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap advocates, educates, and provides direct services to nurture the bond of companionship between pets and their people, for the health and well-being of both.

Results: In 2014: 409 cats and kittens found their forever homes through PAWS, including 214 that were saved from high-kill shelter areas; 127 low-income families received financial assistance through the Veterinary Assistance program; 61 feral kittens were saved from short, cruel lives on the streets and socialized to become loving companion pets; 44 Seniors living on fixed incomes were able to get needed veterinary care for their beloved companions; 94 low income families were able to get spay and neuter surgeries for their pets; 3913 dogs and cats were listed through KitsapLostPets.org, a free community service provided for all of Kitsap County by PAWS.

Target demographics: Pets and People in North Kitsap County, Washington

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2014 PAWS gave assistance to 3,900 families with a lost pet. We facilitated the adoption of 411 cats, assisted with veterinary costs in 142 animal emergencies, and spayed and neutered 104 dogs and cats.

Geographic areas served: Animal Welfare

Programs: PAWS has been serving the community for over 40 years. Programs include: low-cost spay & neuter; veterinary assistance for low-income families; pet rescue & adoption services; Pets and Loving Seniors (PALS) program which helps seniors on a fixed income retain their pets; feral cat management; a pet food bank; and an online service for lost and found pets (KitsapLostPets.org).

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws of Bainbridge Island is an excellent organization. Through the years, they have made it possible for me to keep my pets healthy at times I could not of afforded to do so. My cats are my family and I am so thankful that Paws is there. Thanks to the professional and caring people that contribute to this wonderful organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the help I received for my loved pet. They truly made it possible for her to be alive today and it means the world to me.
All I can say is thank you over and over for your help. If I get in a position to donate I can assure you that I would be thrilled to help someone else in getting some financial help with their family furry friend! Matthew

Haze S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A fantastic organization that does so much, they assist on everything from rescue and adoptions to help with medical and helping to find lost pets and return them home. They also provide pet food for low income people through our local food banks. If you need a place to turn you can depend on PAWS to step up and do all they can to help out.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has fostered kittens and cats with PAWS since I was 6 years old. It is so fun to get the new fosters who are sometimes scared at first and to watch them get more & more comfortable and friendly as the weeks go by. We have fallen in love with many of the kittens and our two awesome cats were originally kittens we fostered. Also, many of our friends have adopted kittens that they met while we were fostering them. I love helping to make these kittens sweeter just by giving them lots of attention and by having them in our house which has other cats, lots of people and a dog. I recommend fostering kittens because it really helps them get adopted.
-Juliette Dashe, age 12

Keri9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with PAWS for several years, including fostering kittens and their moms, a one-year term on the Board, participating in fundraisers, and cleaning the adoption centers. PAWS has an incredibly dedicated core of staffers and volunteers who have created a wonderful community resource for pets and their people, and who go above and beyond to keep improving the organization and its efforts for animal welfare. My husband and I have six cats, all rescues, and two of them are PAWS kitties. We have been privileged to work with PAWS, and we look forward to many more years of the same!

Mark230

Advisor

Rating: 5

There was no category to click for "Former Director," but I was the E.D. of this organization for five years. During my time there I was privileged to work with a wonderful and caring staff and an amazing group of dozens and dozens of dedicated volunteers. During my tenure we significantly increased the organization's outreach to all sectors of the community, at a time when it was sorely needed. The pet food bank, financial support for low-income pet owners, nursing home visits, and helping seniors with pets come to mind, but that was the tip of the iceberg. This a great group with which to get involved. You won't be sorry.

Meghan24

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are the most wonderful people, they go above and beyond to help animals in need. I've worked along side of their group for years and always found a great group of people willing to step up and help animals in need at a moments notice. They truly are a wonderful organization who cares and follows thru with there help.

Jennifer608

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I started volunteering at PAWS bc we thought we were "dog people" who wanted to help the other kind find homes. We had several rescue dogs and felt we would be helping our community by volunteering. 6 cats later (our mother in law has 2) - 4 with CHP (cerebeller hypoplasia) we have fallen in love with the cats and with PAWS. PAWS and its members do great things everyday... Many do not get recognized or told thank you. We are very lucky to take part in this organization and get a chance to help the cats and people of the community

Stephanie275

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Paws for many years. Not only do I have the pleasure of finding forever homes for our kitties I work with a great group of people all dedicated to the welfare of the animals.

Michael419

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became familiar with PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap when my wife and I adopted two kittens from them in September 2007. The adoption process was very positive, so much so that I began volunteering as an adoption counselor the following month! I have now been volunteering every other week for 9 years and can't say enough great things about how PAWS benefits both the animals it cares for but the larger community as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was one of the original founders of Paws in the mid 1970s. I moved off Bainbridge and it was continued to become a far reaching, compassionate, well run organization. I am so impressed with the organization today and am grateful the for many talented, hard working individuals that have committed to making it the outstanding organization it is today. Since I returned to Bainbridge I volunteered as a foster parent for litters of kittens and was able to see this well run organization from the inside. I have adopted two wonderful Paws kitties to join their big brother . They complete our circle of love. Thank you Paws. Connie Kaye Golon

Board Member

Rating: 5

PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap does a spectacular job of bringing people and pets together. Their adoption program saves lives and warms hearts. Their programs enable families to keep their pets in times of crisis and save seniors from loneliness with wonderful furry companionship. I am so very proud to be a part of the PAWS Board and to witness first hand the wonderful work of our staff and volunteers. I am the proud parent of three PAWS kitties who enrich my life every day with their affection and entertainment! I
Susan Braun

auntymin

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be involved with PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap. I've been on the board for several years and am also a donor and event volunteer. I am most proud of our Safe Harbor program that provides a safe haven for pets when their human families are in crisis. We also expanded our PALS program to incorporate dogs which will allow us to help even more people and animals. PAWS has been helping pets and their people in the North Kitsap area for 41 years! This is a small organization that does extraordinary things in our community!!!

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap many years ago when they provided financial assistance to help someone I knew get their dog spayed. At the time, I had no idea that there was an organization in our area that provided financial support for people in need. I became very involved as a volunteer and helped plan events. I joined the BOD and still continue to work on events and raise funds for and awareness about our organization. PAWS is much more than an adoption facility - we have a sanctuary for senior cats (or "unadoptable" cats), we created a pet food bank, we provide financial assistance for low income families, low cost spay-neuter, etc... We also have great working relationships with other non profit organizations in our community. I'm very proud to be a member of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

PAWS of Bainbridge Island is a one of a kind organization servicing the greater Kitsap Peninsula. Each and everyday PAWS goes out of its way to help animals in need. The staff consistently go above and beyond to assure that animals find their forever home. I serve on the board and could not be prouder to be working with such dedicated individual's. I adopted my cat from PAWS and she brings me joy each and everyday.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the PAWS programs to serve people and animals together! Their PALS program is unique in this area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great organization for lost and found pets. We found a starving little dog and were able to post her pic and general information quickly and easily. She had no tags, no chip and no family looking for her. With the help of the Kitsap Humane Society a forever home was found for her in less than a week. Thanks to everyone who helped to save this loving little dog!

Kim_226

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kitsap LostPets helped put our minds at ease, knowing other residents were made aware of our missing cat. Fortunately, he came home. PAWS of Bainbridge Island helped us find the perfect cat companion for him years ago and Kitsap Humane Society connected us with yet another cat companion. Our wonderful trio is complete again and we cannot say enough good things about all three services! Cheers, Kim Seigel

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my kitten from PAWS, and it was a wonderful experience. It was obvious to me how much the staff cared for the animals. They were well educated and answered all of my questions. I left feeling knowledgable and confident about giving the proper care and love to my new baby, Juniper.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Skeeter a few days before Christmas, and had a wonderful experience at PAWS. The counselor was quite patient and helpful despite it being nearly closing time, and made some great suggestions regarding helping my eight year old feel comfortable and for socializing with a somewhat shy seven month old cat. Skeeter (now named Ginger) has fully adjusted to our home now, and is a wonderful addition to our family (and is no longer shy)!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I applied for assistance with getting my cat spayed. In less than a week, I got a letter from PAWS saying that I was approved for up to $70 in veterinary fees. At the time I was unemployed, and really needing to get my baby fixed. My income was incredibly low, but PAWS really helped a lot. I ended up paying $210 out of pocket for the procedure, but without PAWS assistance I wouldn't have been able to afford it at all. They are truly a fantastic organization who I would love to get involved with. Once I get back on my feet I will become a regular donor and volunteer. I'm grateful for what they've done for my family and my baby girl Kyrie. She healed amazingly after the surgery, and I know I did the right thing getting her spayed. Thanks so much PAWS!