"The Best Animal Shelter Is A Caring
PAAWS (Pet Adoption and Animal Welfare Society) is a group
of concerned citizens of Burleson County, who have come
together to develop an all volunteer organization with the
goal of procuring land and expanding as a rescue and adoption
program in Burleson County.
The organization is the result of the efforts of one woman,
Laura Gomes, who had over many years rescued and found homes
for numerous dogs and cats. The ones she could not find homes
for were provided a place to live. There was no organized
group to address the county-wide problem of abandoned animals.
As the problem grew Ms. Gomes enlisted the help of others and
formed PAAWS in August, 2005. Since then PAAWS has helped over
200 dogs and cats. Volunteers have been housing these rescued
animals on their private properties until they can be adopted.
Unfortunately, the group has now reached maximum capacity.
PAAWS is still working toward the much needed land and
building to expand.
PAAWS works with other animal rescue groups in the region.
It has held or participated in area adoption days. It provides
a haven for older and special needs dogs and cats that would
make great pets, but because of their needs they are not very
PAAWS has sponsored the EmanciPet low cost mobile
spay/neuter clinic visits and has covered the costs of
spay/neuter and medical care for all rescued animals put up
for adoption. PAAWS assisted with spay/neuter costs for
approximately 600 animals.
Anyone who has been dealing with yet another litter of
puppies or kittens, anyone who is worried that their pet will
get pregnant again, anyone who is tired of their dog roaming
in search of a female in heat should realize that there is an
easy solution to all these problems: Consider having the pet
spayed or neutered. Puppies and kittens can be altered
as young as 3-4 months of age.
PAAWS was the recipient of the 2006 Somerfest funds for
spay/neuter which were used by qualifying pet owners. PAAWS
has worked with local schools to bring pet education programs
to the students. It participated in the Kolache Festival,
Somerfest, Octoberfest, and has held numerous fundraisers, and
is currently selling tee shirts and cookbooks.
PAAWS's goals are; continued networking with other animal
rescue groups in the region, expansion of the spay/neuter
program, increased adoptions, and purchasing land to expand
their rescue activities.
P.A.A.W.S. MISSION STATEMENT
The Mission of P.A.A.W.S. is three-fold. First, to rescue
and find appropriate homes for abandoned or abused animals,
and to provide a home for animals that have not been adopted
or whose owners have died or been put in nursing homes.
Second, to educate the public on responsible pet ownership.
Third, to educate the public on the benefits of
spaying/neutering pets to control pet population and to assist
with the costs of spaying/neutering.