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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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.



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



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!



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.


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.



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



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.



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.


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