About PAWS Animal Welfare Society
PAWS Animal Welfare Society is truly a grassroots organization. PAWS as an animal welfare organization was revived in the winter of 2008 by two women when they decided to help a few homeless kittens. From there, it evolved into a small group of determined individuals that has had a significant impact in Fort Kent and the surrounding communities.
Our mission is to spay/neuter as many cats as possible to reduce the large population of unwanted cats in the St. John Valley through spay/neuter of owned cats (who often are allowed to roam) and homeless cats. Although we make excellent use of the Help Fix ME program for eligible pet owners, we are often required to assist owners financially who are not eligible for this program and we must incur the expense when cats are homeless which is the case in at least 60% of the situations.
We are unable to accept cats who are being surrendered by their owners for any reason. Because we do not have a shelter or sufficient other resources to accept surrenders our focus must be on helping the many cats who are homeless either because they were abandoned or born outside and to assist pet owners in spaying/neutering their cats and dogs.
Each year our goal is to spay/neuter as many cats as possible, place abandoned cats in new homes that are permanent and to educate members of the community with regard to responsible pet ownership through publications, programs/presentations and daily interactions.
The desired outcome is to reduce the number of unwanted cats so that all cats have proper care and good homes and that no healthy cats are euthanized.