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Mar 16


I wanted to be the first to welcome you to the new and improved!

We hope you like the changes. With lots of photos showcasing the amazing animals we are honored to help every day, clear and simple navigation, and the new blog, you can stay up-to-date on issues, find solutions for challenges you may be having with an animal, and be inspired by the breathtaking stories your support makes possible. 

While the site may look different, you’ll still find lots of useful fact sheets in our Resource Library. You can treat yourself to browsing photos and descriptions of the many wonderful animals available for adoption. Check out the cool and educational kids section with many ideas on fun activities kids can do to help animals. Stay updated on happenings at PAWS in our events calendar. And if you are looking for effective, humane solutions for conflicts with wildlife, we can offer you lots of great tips.

About_Annette_02 Please take a few moments to see what we’ve created for you.  Let us know what you think by e-mailing Your feedback is always welcome!

All the best,

Annette Laico
Executive Director


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The site looks fantastic!

What a treat to logon to your site the other day to do my daily trolling of dogs and see your new site. Having just launched a new version of our site, I know how much planning, nail biting and hard work goes into a site. Congratulations. I'm looking forward to seeing how it grows and develops.

We have taken in anumber of cats and dogs. For about a year a tabby cat we have named Gucho has been sharing time between our home and a friends home aboput a mile away. Gucho came by yesterday and had a hurt paw, we've been discussing to have him fixed so we took him to the vets and found out he is positive for FIV which is the human equivelant to HIV. This evidently is a death sentence for other animals but not humans if they are bit by an cat with FIV. We think he would be a great cat for someone without any animals and perhaps a best friend for someone with AIDS. Any thoughts or help directing us on this one? Thanks in advance Jim my email is

Jim - Thank you for helping out cats and dogs who needed a helping hand and a safe home over the years. Gucho is lucky to have two families who care about him, and we are glad to hear that you took him to see a veterinarian and to have him neutered. Since FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is transmitted via blood it is most likely he got into a fight with another cat who had the disease. By getting him neutered, you will reduce the possibility of him fighting with other cats, including any in your household.

You are correct that FIV in cats is similar to HIV in humans and cannot be transmitted to humans, but it can be transmitted to other cats. So now that you know Gucho has an infectious disease, the responsible thing is to prevent the spread of this disease in your community, which means he will need to begin life as an indoor cat either in your household or in another home. However, Gucho should not be adopted into a home with a person who has AIDS or is otherwise immune-suppressed.

The good news is that there is a long asymptomatic period before the feline AIDS occurs and Gucho's caregiver can work on prolonging this asymptomatic period. The average life expectancy from the time of diagnosis for FIV is 5 years.

Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine has an excellent FAQ about feline FIV which we encourage you to review and then talk in more detail with Gucho's veterinarian to discuss his medical care.

We wish you and Gucho the best of luck, and thank you again for helping a cat in need.

If you have any other questions, please contact Kay Joubert, Director of Companion Animal Services at


A while ago, on easter my family was driving to our families for the holiday. Out of nowhere the car in front of us swerved around us, then we realized it was two dogs!!! One of them scurried away as soon as we got out of the car. Both had no collar!! There was one house around so we go up to the house and there is a man, we asked him if he knew whose dog it was and it was his!! We rescue his dog from the highway and he didnt even say thankyou! Now I realize we should of kept the dog and given it to Paws.

so cute animals at paws

The new site looks beautiful! Its so easy to navigate, thanks for taking the time to update :)

even if she is at the older days, still she look beautiful as what others observation. I like...

I recently adopted JellyBean AKA Sweetie Pie. She's 10 years old, has problems with her teeth and is overweight! But, she such a loving cat! Up on my lap whenever I sit to read or turn on the TV. She sleeps on my bed and watches out the windows at the continuing parade of people, dogs, etc. that pass by the windows.

She's very skittish and zips under the bed if something scares her. Had an appointment with the vet yesterday but she hid under the bed. I couldn't get her out so had to cancel the appointment. Have another appointment for Friday. Hopefully I'll be able to coax her into her travel kennel with some cat treats.

Anyway, we are getting along fine. She is a joy to be around. So well mannered.

Thank you for giving her a home, Irene! We're glad to hear she's adjusting (even though it's taking her some time). Keep at it and eventually she'll be happy and calm. We appreciate the update!

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