PAWS at capacity, implements intake hold

Dogs in crowded cages await adoption Thursday at Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). The shelter has reached capacity, prompting the Ada-based agency to implement an “intake hold,” preventing the shelter from accepting any more animals.

Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society’s shelter has reached capacity, prompting the Ada-based agency to implement an “intake hold,” which prevents the shelter from accepting any more animals until it’s able to find permanent homes or fosters for a large number of animals.

Shelter Manager Ashleigh Winton said she’s unable to provide a timeframe for when the shelter will resume accepting animals.

“Right now we’re needing about 20 fosters that can house dogs,” Winton said. “They don’t have to be indoors, but they do need to have a fenced in yard and if they pets they all have to be up-to-date on their vaccinations.”

Winton said summer months are typically the shelter’s slowest time of the year, but they’ve seen no decrease in the number of animals coming through the doors in the last two to three months. Now, the shelter is filled to capacity and caretakers have no place left to rehouse the animals, especially dogs.

“It’s like this everywhere right now,” Winton said. “The rescues we usually work with are also full.”

The process for becoming a foster “parent” is very similar to the process for adopting animals, and Winton said PAWS will help with food whenever they can.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster fur parent is asked to stop by the shelter and complete and complete the requisite forms.

For more information, call (580) 332-5233, or stop by the PAWS shelter at 1200 Sandy Creek Drive in Ada.


Contact Carl Lewis at (580) 310-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com

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