Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society was incorporated as a nonprofit, charitable organization in 1982. PAWS operates the animal shelter for the purpose of sheltering lost, unwanted, sick and injured animals until a new home can be found or the animal is humanely disposed.

Receiving support for the United Way allows PAWS to accomplish goals it would otherwise not be able to afford, such as providing veterinary care and supplies. With the help United way provides, PAWS can offer reduced cost spay/neuter program through the Department of Human Services for those meeting income guidelines.

Providing companies to people is one of PAWS biggest rewards. Especially when pet owners contact PAWS and explain what a joy their new animal is. Loyd and Evalyn Maxwell did just that sending a thank you card to PAWS. “Our family just wanted to thank you for our Doodle aka Sarg. We went back to his original name Doodle and he is such a blessing! My husband, who was very reluctant to take in a pet, has fallen head over heal. He wanted (rather argued) to have an outdoor dog with an occasional inside visit. Doodle sleeps with us and follows Loyd everywhere. They are great buddies. Again thanks for Doodle the Snoodle. He sure has filled our empty nest.”

PAWS officials remind the community the number one things pet owners or future pet owners can do is spay or neuter their animals. In six short years one female dog and her offspring can give birth to 67,000 puppies. In seven years one cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens.

PAWS is located at 1200 Sandy Creek Dr. Its hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

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