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PAWS of Bainbridge Island
8820 Miller RdPO Box 10811Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Hours: 10-6 Mon-Sat
10 miles away
Who We Are -
PAWS of Bainbridge Island is a volunteer-based nonprofit animal welfare organization that promotes responsible pet ownership and the reduction of pet overpopulation. PAWS features free or low-cost spay/neuter for pets of low-income residents of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap, a lost and found pet registry, and a pet adoption program.
What PAWS Does
2,284 Pets spayed or neutered
3,370 Pets received veterinary assistance
2,190 Owners received financial assistance for their pets' veterinary needs
6,374 Lost and found pets reported
714 Feral cats sterilized
2,758 Cats and kittens adopted to loving new homes
Adopting a friend -
Cat Adoption Program
Visit our Adoption Center at 8820 Miller Road, Bainbridge Island, or call 206/780-0656, Toll Free from Kitsap, 866/780-0656.
PAWS Philosophy of Adoption:
Every cat deserves a good home that meets its needs and the needs of its family.
Since 1998, PAWS has found forever homes for 2,758 cats and kittens.
Why adopt from PAWS of Bainbridge Island?
Because it will change two lives forever: yours and your new companion's. When you adopt from PAWS, you save a life and gain a friend. Once you've decided to save an animal, we work with you to ensure a "perfect fit" for both you and your new pet. You'll speak with our adoption counselors who have years of experience placing animals in loving homes. Whatever your situation, PAWS has an enormous variety of animals -- purebreds, mixed breeds, all ages and personalities -- and we'll help you find the one who is just right for you.
Aren't all shelter animals just "secondhand" pets?
Many PAWS animals are kittens that will be starting their lives as companions. Older cats may have had previous owners. You may have to re-educate these animals to some degree. On the other hand, they have already been exposed to appropriate household behavior. Remember, too, that companion animals are remarkably adaptable and have a boundless capacity for love. Just because they lived with someone else first doesn't mean they wouldn't make a wonderful companion for you!
Does PAWS really have purebred animals for adoption?
It is estimated that about 25% of the animals in shelters nationwide are purebred. If you are interested in a specific breed, PAWS keeps a waiting list of people interested in purebred animals. Even if PAWS does not have the breed you are looking for, you may be able to find an animal who has traits that are similar to those of the breed you have in mind.
Are cats at PAWS healthy and well adjusted?
Sadly, there are some who may think PAWS is filled with cats who were discarded because they're "bad." In reality, shelter pets for adoption are wonderful companions who became the victims of family tragedy, unlucky circumstances or irresponsible owners.
PAWS makes every effort to screen animals for serious health and behavior problems. Regardless of an animal's background, however, it is not possible to guarantee a problem-free transition. Both you and your new pet will likely require a period of adjustment as he or she settles into a new home, family, and routine. If you are prepared to provide your new family member with some time, training, and patience, your reward will be a loving companion.
Is it difficult to adopt from PAWS?
The PAWS Cat Adoption Program is designed to ensure that each animal is placed with a responsible person -- one prepared to make a lifelong commitment -- and to avoid the kinds of problems that may have caused the animal to be brought to the shelter. An important part of the process is to match the lifestyle and needs of the adopter with the individual cat. If the screening process occasionally seems overly strict, try to remember that PAWS' first priority is to protect the animal's best interests.
Are there requirements following the adoptions of cats?
PAWS requires animals to be spayed or neutered before they are adopted. If you rent your home, PAWS requires permission from your landlord before placing an animal in your care. Following your pet's adoption, you will be responsible for providing regular veterinary care and for ensuring that your cat is properly licensed. Having a companion animal brings rewards -- and responsibilities. Be sure your cat always wears a collar with an identification tag. Provide nutritious food and fresh water for your pet. Make time for exercise, training, and play. Finally, enjoy your new life with your new best friend.
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February 29, 2008 | By r y.
January 14, 2008 | By CassieK9
This is a fabulous facility, doing excellent work to save animals, educate kids, and break the cycle of abuse. The staff cares, works hard, and keeps the place pristine. My husband and I… more ›