As a "No-Kill" shelter, PAWS has adopted a no-animal-left-behind mentality. If a pet is suffering from a treatable medical or behavioral issue, we will always do our best to help. As a non-profit organization, however, it is a tremendous financial burden to do so. We work our hardest to keep these pets safe and both physically and mentally healthy, but there are extraordinary situations that test our limits of care. For, this reason, we have created the Knight in Shining Armor Fund. This fund will allow our supporters to donate specifically to animals whose care would otherwise be beyond our means of helping.


HopeHope has had it rough so far but things are looking up! Hope was among 26 dogs living in one home. The owner began having health troubles and reached out for assistance. The owner's failing health and the excess of animals for which to care took its toll on Hope.

Hope came to PAWS with advanced heartworm disease that needs to be treated immediately. In addition to her dire heart condition, Hope will require surgery to correct some serious dental issues that are causing pain and could lead to further heart trouble.


LaikaHi, I'm Laika ("lie-kuh")! I'm a very loving older girl. I originally came from Lebanon and was flown in a big airplane overseas in hopes of finding my forever home here in the US of A. Now that I'm here at PAWS I can finally focus on myself. First things first, really need help with my teeth. One of my upper canines is in terrible shape and needs to be removed. The rest of my teeth are ok but could certainly use a good cleaning. Since I'm a big girl, it will cost a bit of money to get my teeth fixed up and have me ready for my new home.



Poor Holt just wants to be a big, bumbling, fun-loving, rambunctious puppy. Unfortunately, Holt’s right hip isn’t able to move fully due to an injury he incurred before arriving at PAWS. He needs a Femoral Head Osteotomy, a surgery which would release pressure inside his hip and give him back his full range of motion.

Holt is an energetic sweetheart who is ready to get out in the world and run and play with the best of them! With this surgery, he will once again be able to play to his heart’s content!

BunniThis sweet little girl showed up on a Good Samaritan's porch at 11:30pm one evening. She was matted, covered in sticker burrs and fleas, and very scared. For days on end, the family did their best to locate her owners but without a collar or microchip, they were unsuccessful.

After bringing her to PAWS, we found out that she is heartworm positive and will need treatment. We've named her Bunni and have been spending some time trying to get her out of her shell. Our hope is that while being treated for her heartworm infection, she will be able to learn how amazing human affection can be. 


KnightThis amazing kitty was transferred from an uncertain future at a municipal shelter, to PAWS in June of 2013. After arrival, it became clear that Knight was not in the best health. What began as a simple upper respiratory infection, quickly turned into a desperate situation when he came down with a dangerously high fever.

Knight was rushed to the vet where he was given antibiotics and a detailed regimen of care. After five days, his fever broke and things began to look up. There was just one problem - Knight refused to eat. The shelter staff began force feeding him every three hours over the next month. Although this was what the doctor ordered, Knight was showing no signs of improvement - in fact, he was getting worse.


Knight's anorexia was causing him to slowly go into liver failure. Knight was taken back to the doctor and had a feeding tube surgically placed. He was at his lowest point and no one was sure what his fate would be. After the feeding tube was in, Knight spent his days at PAWS being cared for by the staff and his nights in a foster home.

After what felt like an eternity, and cost a small fortune in medical bills, Knight took his first bites on September 25th - three months after his hunger strike began! Today, Knight is a happy and healthy cat resting comfortably in the loving arms of his new family!

By contributing to the Knight in Shining Armor Fund, you afford PAWS the opportunity to treat pets like Knight and see them through to their forever homes.