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.




Yoli had to be rushed to the emergency care veterinarian on Sunday, June 17 after a rapid decline in her health. This young girl’s body began shutting down and if not for a trip to emergency care, she may not have made it to Monday. With kitten and puppy season upon us, our medical funds are running dangerously low. We need all the help we can get to cover the cost of Yoli’s stay in emergency care as well as the follow up visit with a local veterinarian where diagnostic work was done and a treatment plan was put together. Thank you all for any financial help you can offer! 

UPDATE JULY 25, 2018:

It’s been well over a month now and we are still working to get Yoli back to good health. During this past month, Yoli has required additional surgery as well as constant wound care. Her body is simply refusing to heal. After an expensive tissue culture test, it has been determined that Yoli has MRSP (similar to MRSA in humans). This diagnosis makes regular antibiotic treatment impossible. We have placed an order for special medications to help her but we still need your continued support to get her over this very complex hurdle. Her cost of care is tremendous and unexpected.


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.