About PAWS Shelter

For more than four decades, PAWS Companion Animal Shelter has led the way in providing expert, compassionate care for animals in need. PAWS cares for more than 3,000 dogs and cats each year, provides training and education to strengthen the human/animal bond, and works to end animal cruelty and overpopulation.

From our beginning in 1967, PAWS has maintained our vision of a community where animals are treated with respect, every pet has a permanent and loving home, and companion animals are spayed or neutered. Read more about PAWS history and milestones.

Our services include a shelter in Lynnwood, a satellite cat adoption center at PAWS Cat City in Seattle’s University District, and a spay and neuter clinic. We keep stray pets safe until we can reunite them with their families and help people find their missing cats and dogs. To help keep animals in their homes, we offer animal behavior resources.

How animals come to PAWS

PAWS takes in stray cats and dogs from Edmonds, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Shoreline and Woodinville in Washington State. Through our Re-homing Service we accept cats and dogs from guardians who can no longer keep them. We also take in animals from other animal shelters and rescue groups through our Placement Partner Program. This effort helps those animals have the best chance at finding loving, permanent homes.
No healthy adoptable animal is euthanized at PAWS. Our highly praised adoption process helps to ensure that animals find homes matched to their needs, and that people find a great animal friend. More than 117,000 Seattle-area homes have been enriched by the adoption of a companion animal from PAWS.

Community collaboration

PAWS collaborates with government agencies, community stakeholders, other animal welfare agencies and veterinary professionals to create a “safety net for animals.” We rely on hundreds of volunteers in all aspects of our work including caring for the animals, assisting customers, promoting the animals for adoption, and providing temporary foster care.

Training and education

In addition to our hands-on work with animals, PAWS staff and volunteers help animal guardians find pet behavior solutions and ways to maintain quality, responsible care for their cats and dogs. Students and veterinary professionals from around the world come to PAWS to receive training and education in shelter medicine, and gain insight into issues that impact animals such as pet overpopulation, cruelty and neglect.