Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Progressive Animal Welfare Society of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap

3,393 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

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

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Selene, my fluffy, grey, Princess, Spazmata of Joy:
My little bundle of sunshine needs her own tiara, I spoil her so. She's more than a pet, she's a friend. She's also a brat, but she's an only child now so it's kind of expected.
Selene loves to run around outside in her cattery, fenced-in yard and do her zoomies outside, up a tree and jumping out at me when I walk by. She gets her belly rubs, soft food and Fiji water and she's a happy brat.
One day, my beautiful girl was listless. She didn't want to move much, I couldn't get her to eat or drink. She was usually demanding to go out at 4 am, doing the zoomies and the breakfast. Living paycheck to paycheck, barely, doesn't leave room for emergencies. When you can't take care of your loved ones it's a terrible feeling. It's even worse when none of the Vets will help without cash being paid upfront. I understand why they do it, but it still adds to the desperation of, 'won't someone please help her?' I started calling shelters, Vets, charities, people who have grants for low-income people. Having a bad credit report can leave you homeless and suddenly in a place where you are losing someone you love because you can't afford their care.
PAWS Bainbridge Island saved my cat with its grant program. They called back super fast and it wasn't a day the PAWS building wasn't even open. They had already messaged the Vet and that meant I could take her right then when I found out. I rushed her there and was very lucky and will be eternally grateful to PAWS. They are in the business of helping animals and people and that's what they do. They're real heroes in my opinion.
Thank you PAWS BI!
Kat (The human)

Gretchen W.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot even begin to tell you what PAWS means to me. I am 72 years old and low income. When I first came to the island, I had a my social security and a small IRA. Shortly after adopting my cats, I was diagnosed with a terminal disease and at one point was put on life support. I am doing well and holding on. I don't look or act sick but my disease is still progressing. My cats (Annie and Big Boy) have always been important to me but since my illness they have become a big part of my life. I swear they can tell when I don't feel well or if I'm a little sad.

Unfortunately, my IRA ran out in December 2017. As I am single and my sole support, I cut down on everything! I have two kitties, the loves of my heart, and I was terrified I might have to give them up.

PAWS was there for us and has paid for our yearly visit to the vets for 2018 and 2019. There also had been an unexpected trip (false alarm) earlier that PAWS helped with. If it weren't for the generosity of PAWS, I would not have my pets today. It makes me tear up when I think of what good work this organization does .

I'm attaching a picture and 2 face shots so you can see what little rascals they are!

Thank you,
Gretchen Wilson

Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing our beloved 18yr old Himalayan cat several months ago I contacted PAWS of BI/Kitsap and asked to please contact me if a Siamese or Himalayan mix kitten became available......thinking it would take a long time to find this breed....
Amazingly! Two days later I received a phone call alerting me that kittens looking like a Siamese/mix had just come in.....we asked to have them put on hold for 30 mins.......then drove immediately to see them....fell in love and now have a beautiful fun loving siamese mix with stunning blue eyes!
The lady who initially called was both kind & professional....& the staff at the Kingston shelter were amazing......these loving volunteers do a great job!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am on SS and was struggling with saving the money so my oldest furbaby Whinnie could be seen by her vet, she'd had developed a bad limp on her right front shoulder. Paws came to our rescue..They made it possible that both my furbabies were seen by Dr. Penn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS helps the community in so many ways. Not only finding cats homes through the adoption program, but also through other programs, such as the low income vet assist, low cost spay and neuter, and the Safe Harbor program to name a few.
I have adopted three cats from PAWS and they are the best cats in the world. ❤️
Their compassion for animals and focus on helping the community is amazing!

Board Member

Rating: 5

PAWS is a great non-profit! With 40+ years of support from this community, countless animals and pet lovers have benefitted through education, assistance, matching, and reuniting lost pets. I'm both a board member and a client. I've served on the Board for 3 years and am the delighted recipient of 2 PAWS kittens. Dolley and Martha are a wonderful addition to our home (along with Woodrow and Grace). PAWS staff is knowledgeable, considerate, and dedicated to helping pets and pet lovers. Thank you!

Board Member

Rating: 5

PAWS BINK has been a grass-roots organization servicing Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap for over 40 years. This dedication to their animals, community and outreach shows in everything they do. I have worked with PAWS BINK for the past 4 years. I recently experienced PAWS BINK from the customer side when I adopted a kitten from them. They were caring and knowledgeable, and very thorough in their interview process. We were able to visit with the kitten while in foster care and make sure he was the right fit for us, and us for him. His family kept us updated until the day we got to take him home.

doccmt

Board Member

Rating: 5

I especially like how PAWS isn't just about animal adoption. They are dedicated to helping people keep their pets; providing assistance for the people and their animals. They help with low-cost vet care and give advice to folks who are having problems with their pets' behavior. They provide a source of compassion and help for the animals and the humans in our community. They are a safe harbor in more ways than one.

Previous Stories

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

After reviewing the work that PAWS is able to undertake and complete, and the credentials of the Board and Staff, I happily said that I would be pleased to be a Board member to support their work!

Melanie P.1

Client Served

Rating: 4

My dog Krissy escaped our yard and disappeared. We discovered later that there was a break in our invisible fence wire, even though the loop indicator did not sound. She had not tested the perimeter in about five years, so I'm not sure what triggered her to make a run for it. I was driving around over two hours and could not find her. I posted on Kitsap Lost Pets as well as looking myself. It helped my piece of mind just to know I had this avenue to take some additional action to find her and get her home safely. I called my daughter to have her come help me look as it was very rainy and I could not safely drive, look, and call for Krissy. When my daughter got to my house, Krissy was sitting in the yard. She had apparently just found her own way home, safely thank goodness. However, I did get one notification from someone who had seen her, so that did help me narrow down where to look. I am thankful this avenue is available to help reunite lost pets with concerned owners.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS does great work! They helped me with some vet expenses when I most needed it. I encourage anyone to support their work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My thanks to everyone at PAWS! They were lovely and bent over backwards to help us! My Mari Kitty had been having symptoms of an urinary infection. I was worried and scared for her when I contacted PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap. Thanks to a grant from PAWSbink Mari saw a veterinarian and was successfully treated. Thanks again PAWSbink!!!

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.

1

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.

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

I thank god paws is available to help people like me who have an extremely low income. My dog is doing better now thankfully! I only wish there was more funding available for each animal who's owner needs financial help getting their pets the best of care. I became disabled when he was a very young dog, and before that I was able to have pet insurance and was able to always provide him with the best of care. Now I feel horrible because I can't give him the care a 9yr old rottweiler deserves, check ups, etc,... That said, we were lucky to have what free care Paws provided. Thank you!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost our older kitty and really couldn't imagine our house without a cat. My teenage kids and I visited Bainbridge PAWS and enjoyed all the kitties there, but then we went to Kingston. We held and pet half a dozen different kitties. The last one we looked at was a 1-1/2 year old female who is what my son calls a Calitort (she's a mess of color). We loved her instantly and brought her home. Her name at PAWS was Purrdy, but we call her Zoe. She is a wonderful kitty -- more kitten than cat. Grateful to have her in our home. She loves all of us, even the dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family adopted a very lovely 11 year old cat named Owlsen, He quickly became a beloved member of our household. He is spry and unique and at ease. He needed a little care with mite treatment in his ears, but I have come to expect that shelter environments can only be so diligent with so many animals passing through. I was happy to bring him home and get him the attention he needed. I knew within minutes that he was the cat for me.

People overlook older animals sometimes, but it is quite a blessing to take home an animal, who knows himself, has manners, and a solid personality.
I'm very greatful to PAWS for accepting him from his previous owner, who was unable to keep him so that we had that time to find each other.

Jane86

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have owned cats and dogs on my farm near Silverdale for ten years, and this service is extraordinary- and new to me. Because I was able to post a description and picture online immediately, my old cat was returned to me within 4 days. Thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mini long-haired Dachshund, who is my constant companion and best friend, has some as yet unknown health issues. Since I'm disabled, live alone and live on a very small fixed income, it's not always possible to get him to the vet when he needs it. Because of my circumstances, it breaks my heart that my best friend in the world has to suffer because I can't afford to give him the care he needs. PAWS stepped in and provided funds that were so desperately needed. Although he still needs x-rays, and blood work that I am unable to pay for, I am forever greatful for the assistance from PAWS. Each visit to his vet, gets us a little closer to getting him 100% healthy again. Please keep up the wonderful work you do, and once again I would like to express how thankful I am that there is such a place as PAWS!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 2 black Labs Max and Archie of 11 years had mass cell cancer and other issues to the point where we had to send them back to GOD. Being partially handicap and without a job for the past year, not havinging the funds to pay the Vet for the services and cremation PAWS of Bainbridge Island came immediately to our rescue and covered all expenses. I am so thankful to their generosity and kindness. Couldn't have done it without them. God Bless, Laureen Miklian

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our beloved cat, Sylvan, was missing. After calling and searching the trees and acreage with no results, my son and I began to be really worried. We had visions of coyotes and speeding cars. Then we wondered if he was visiting a neighbor. Sylvan is an affectionate and bold kitty. He's neutered but he still likes to wander. We live on ten acres but sometimes that isn't enough for him.

We decided to post our lost cat online. It gave us hope and something useful to do while feeling worried and helpless. We located the chip number and a suitable picture. Our options for description weren't great but the picture would show him in all his glory. He is mostly white with orange tiger splotches. Then we got ready for bed. Before I had even turned off the light, I heard him call from outside. I opened the door and a flash of white hurried past me to the food dish.

What a relief. I picked him up and rushed to my son's room with him. The cat was squinty-eyed with pleasure. We were over-joyed. We updated our post and snuggled with Sylvan and stayed up way too late. Happy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a young cat through PAWS, but were worried about introducing her to our other cat, who was already well established in the house. The PAWS team was incredibly helpful and gave us wonderful advice on how to facilitate the meet-and-greet without making our new kitty feel scared. The two cats are now best friends - they play and cuddle together all day long!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 14 year old cat disappeared while I was moving in to my new place. I had been very cautious when the door was opened and could not figure out how he escaped, but another person reported seeing a cat that matched the description so I had to assume he had escaped.

This cat was a former feral who had been socialized and lived only indoors for 10 years. Knowing how he reacted to new situations, I figured he was hiding deep in some bushes or high in a tree. After an hour of no success in finding him, I did an Internet search for lost pets in the area and was directed to your site. I registered him and resumed looking for him outside while distributing a flyer prepared by my apartment associate. I also went by the animal shelter. The person who I met was immediately helpful and compassionate.

Late Saturday evening I discovered my cat was hiding in a tiny opening I had not seen under a counter. I was relieved that he had not escaped, but had found a safe place to hide during the dusruption of the move.

Thank you to PAWS of Bainbridge and North Kitsap for the website registry that was easy to locate and complete, and for the empathy of your personnel during an extremely stressful experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marylou at Paws of Bainbridge helped me out financially when Boyo lost the use of his back legs. Ruptured disk. It is shocking to find that your athlete dog is facing surgery costing $6-7000!! It has to be done immediately and the money has to be paid up front. That was two months ago, he is now able to walk and run again, even do his happy dance, albeit still very wobbly. Still has bad days but at least still has days! Check him out on face book, Boyo Nancarrow. FYI: your Food Market receipts can be redeemed by Paws for 1% cash.
Many, many, many thanks and blessings to Marylou, Paws of Bainbridge and the many friends and neighbors who have helped us through this.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my dog went missing and this site is very fast to post, and offer their help. The people are so caring and friendly. Thank you so much for your help and concerns. Happy Endings do come true! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had rescued our Chihuahua ,Emma,from a very bad situation a few years ago and recently decided that she needed to be spayed.We had put off doing it because we are on Social Security and helping raise a grandson so money is tight for us.We took Emma to our vet and they gave us the paper work to ask for assistance from PAWS of Bainbridge IS and NK.They very promptly replied and gave us some very needed help to take care of our sweetie Emma.Thanks...

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer at PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap at the end of July 2013. I was only planning to volunteer 1 or 2 Saturdays a month. I quickly got addicted and had to get my fix. So I go down every Saturday and have since fall 2013! It is the most rewarding experience I have had. I tell people that the cats are actually helping me more than I am helping them. Working everyday for too many years than I care to count has been stressful for me for various reasons. Volunteering at PAWS on Saturdays has helped me mentally and I have felt like I am making a difference. That has never been the case anywhere. I enjoy the staff that I work with and fellow volunteers.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The staff at PAWS are always so caring with the cats and keep the spaces looking clean. They spend time with the cats, playing with them, taking turns holding them and petting each one so they all get the attention needed. The cats at PAWS greatly appreciate you! Thank you for all you do!

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

One program PAWS has introduced while I've been on our Board is the Buddy Brigade. This wonderful program has trained dogs who visit retirement homes, schools and libraries. The dogs provide companionship to the Elderly as well as sit with younger children to help them learn to read. The dogs help people of all ages to relax and just feel more comfortable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our 13 year old blind family cat had escaped from our house unnoticed! We thought he was gone for sure! We were all very sad and distraught! So I went to the PAWS website to the "Found" section to amazingly find that someone had located our beloved cat!!! We can't say "Thank you" enough!!! If it weren't for this website I'm not sure we would have ever been reunited!!! Big "Thank You" to the lovely family that posted on the website and kept an eye on him till we were reunited!

Heather151

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet kitten Emma who is now nearly 3 years old, from PAWS. The staff is so friendly and helpful and obviously love what they do with the cats, taking time between client visits to pet and play with the cats. PAWS is a wonderful organization!

1 Ann_69

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted two of our beautiful cats from PAWs of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap. With each adoption, we found the PAWs staff caring and well-versed, able to teach us how to best integrate new cats, peacefully, into our multi-pet household, and how to best match companion animal personalities. PAWs encourages all clients to keep their cats indoors, for safety sake, and as a result, we installed a series of protective cat runs, allowing our animals outdoor access without the danger of injury to and from other animals and wildlife. It is tremendously comforting knowing that PAWs protects the pets in community, caring for them and finding them loving families when the need arises.

1 April33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We foster kittens with PAWS. It has been an incredible experience. Our youngest child is significantly disabled, and the impact on her has been profound. She is starting to say more words and express an understanding of emotions and feelings since we have fostered kittens in our home. We were just looking to be involved in our local community, but feel that we have gained so much more. The ease of becoming a foster family and support for foster families is amazing. A first class organization to work with. Many times we have to jump through extra hoops for different things with our daughter, but the staff at PAWS made sure she was treated just like any other person wanting to volunteer. To us that is priceless. Truly a first class organization!

Heather26

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lived overseas for 11 years, and have seen severe neglect of animals from Mexico to China, and from Russia to the Ukraine. While living in Russia there were many times we were able to rescue kittens from horrible situations, but finding homes or safe places for them was difficult, and most of the time we knew their situation even in the future could be a very bleak one. Most of these places did not promote spaying and neutering pets, and had no organizations to help in rescue situations. Since moving back to the U.S. in 2004, there have been several times I've had to call on PAWS of Bainbridge Island to help with cats or kittens that we'd rescued, found, or been given by people who allowed them to be brought into this world but didn't care about them. PAWS has ALWAYS been accommodating and helpful, and even kept in contact to let me know when they were adopted. I donate when I can, and am so thankful for all the cats (and people) they've helped out!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for this organization in 1998 and continued to volunteer until I moved in 2009. I watched the organization grow in many ways. By the time I left PAWS was helping many cats find new homes, providing funds to help low income pet owners spay/neuter their pets, collecting pet food to donate to local food banks. New programs were being planned and are currently being offered. I would definitely volunteer again if I could!

cowgirlupp

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went in on Christmas Eve looking to adopt a kitten and was so blown away by their level of customer service as well as the ammount of care given to the kittens. The women that helped my pick my kitten knew everything about every single kitten and helped me pick the one that would fit in with my family. They were wonderful to work with!

Board Member

Rating: 5

In 1994, I volunteered to write the PAWS newsletter, thereby starting a journey that transformed my life -- and I believe also transformed PAWS. During my fourteen years with PAWS, first as newsletter editor, then as president of the board, and finally as executive director, the organization grew in professionalism and expanded the programs offered to the community. Thousands of pets received vet assistance they otherwise might not have gotten; thousands of cats found new homes; and most importantly, thousands of pets were spayed or neutered, dramatically reducing the number of unwanted litters ending up in shelters, dumped by the side of the road, or otherwise continuing to contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. PAWS cares and PAWS acts. Donations are spent wisely to support programs that directly benefit the animals and the community. Although I am now executive director emeritus, I maintain contact with the organization, and I am very proud of the work they continue to do on behalf of companion animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have had a wonderful impression of the help given when and where it was needed with this organization. They organize through their volunteer efforts many innovative and unusual events and ways to contribute to the goals of PAWS. I assist them whenever I can and am happy to continue to do so.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bainbridge PAWS helped us out with our pet rat stone who had a tumor. i was unable to cover the cost, Marylou was very nice and very helpful.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PAWS of Bainbridge Island is a wonderful organization that helps our community tremendously. They take in tame cats and kittens, as well as feral/semi-feral kittens to socialize and find forever homes. They also provide veterinary assistance for countless families in Kitsap county, and ensure that people can keep their pets. As someone who performs trap-neuter-return of feral and free-roaming cats, PAWS has been a great resource for rehabilitating and placing cats in need. Also, the board members and volunteers are very friendly!! I would highly reccomend their organization to anyone looking to adopt or volunteer to make a difference!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member for PAWS, I see firsthand the organization's commitment to the community. The staff and volunteers are passionate about what they do, and their dedication translates into an amazing amount of energy and accomplishment. Money can be tight (are there any small nonprofits with excess funds?) but there's not a penny wasted or a stone unturned in PAWS' effort to serve the people and pets of this community. Keep up the wonderful work, PAWS! You're touching more lives than you could possibly know.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PAWS is a wonderful organization. The employees and the adoption center volunteers are all helpful, conscientious and devoted. We've found our role as a foster family to be extremely fulfilling for us and we feel appreciated by the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap finds homes for approximately 350 cats annually. They carefully prepare cats and kittens for adoption through good medical and nutritional care, and socialization techniques. They pay attention to each cat's individual personality and suitability for different home situations; for example, some do well with other cats or dogs, while others need to be the only animal in the home. Some are best suited to an adults-only environment, while others are great with children. Fostering and respite care are provided when needed.