Paws Animal Shelter

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  • 1741 Willamette Falls Dr

    West Linn, OR 97068

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  • 503-650-0855

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First and foremost PAWS is a safe haven for any orphaned animal. Safe is the operative word as they are a strict NO KILL animal shelter. \r
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My first experience with PAWS was when I was dealing with a mouse problem in my home. I had

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First and foremost PAWS is a safe haven for any orphaned animal. Safe is the operative word as they are a strict NO KILL animal shelter. \r
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My first experience with PAWS was when I was dealing with a mouse problem in my home. I had

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Paws took in three tiny kittens, eyes barely open, from a Harrisburg barn. The mother would not care for them, being sick and having had too many litters. The bottle babes Paws takes in have no chance, no other options and come from

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Paws took in three tiny kittens, eyes barely open, from a Harrisburg barn. The mother would not care for them, being sick and having had too many litters. The bottle babes Paws takes in have no chance, no other options and come from

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PAWS has THE best window display in all of West Linn. Happy and well-cared for cats in their cubbies are being tended to by the most devoted volunteers I have ever seen. Under the direction of Sharon Murphy, these tireless crusaders

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PAWS has THE best window display in all of West Linn. Happy and well-cared for cats in their cubbies are being tended to by the most devoted volunteers I have ever seen. Under the direction of Sharon Murphy, these tireless crusaders

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PAWS is a very rare organization, in that it is 150% no-kill and never refuses an animal in need. It is 100% non-profit and donation-funded, yet does more for the needy animals of NW Oregon than several other shelters combined. \r
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PAWS is a very rare organization, in that it is 150% no-kill and never refuses an animal in need. It is 100% non-profit and donation-funded, yet does more for the needy animals of NW Oregon than several other shelters combined. \r
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PAW's is truly a gift! \r
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Granted sick animals don't show well to viewers or impress an adopter but who knows what goes on behind closed doors at larger better funded shelters, cheaper to euthanize I guess.\r
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PAW's is small and does

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PAW's is truly a gift! \r
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Granted sick animals don't show well to viewers or impress an adopter but who knows what goes on behind closed doors at larger better funded shelters, cheaper to euthanize I guess.\r
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PAW's is small and does

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My family loves this place. We can't seem to go anywhere in that part of town without my 3yo begging to go to "da aminal helter". We've been going ever since he was a baby. It's the perfect activity on a rainy day too when the kids need

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My family loves this place. We can't seem to go anywhere in that part of town without my 3yo begging to go to "da aminal helter". We've been going ever since he was a baby. It's the perfect activity on a rainy day too when the kids need

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Wow, what an amazing place!! I was having lunch nearby and could not resist going in after seeing the kittens in the window. There was a volunteer in the front room busy bottle feeding a litter of kittens but they were happy to take time

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Wow, what an amazing place!! I was having lunch nearby and could not resist going in after seeing the kittens in the window. There was a volunteer in the front room busy bottle feeding a litter of kittens but they were happy to take time

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The people who work and volunteer at PAWS Animal Shelter are incredible. I am impressed with the care and compassion they provide for vulnerable animals that are not able to take care of themselves. Thanks for being there PAWS. Your

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The people who work and volunteer at PAWS Animal Shelter are incredible. I am impressed with the care and compassion they provide for vulnerable animals that are not able to take care of themselves. Thanks for being there PAWS. Your

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This tiny building with the biggest of hearts receives the smallest and most fragile orphan baby cats, dogs, etc. and\r
cares for them with awe inspiring compassion and dedication. The volunteers, tirelessly working behind the scenes,

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This tiny building with the biggest of hearts receives the smallest and most fragile orphan baby cats, dogs, etc. and\r
cares for them with awe inspiring compassion and dedication. The volunteers, tirelessly working behind the scenes,

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This shelter CARES. It's a small shelter and it's very hard caring for as many animals as they care for but they still continue to help. I don't understand the negative comments on this page. Please, please don't bad mouth the

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This shelter CARES. It's a small shelter and it's very hard caring for as many animals as they care for but they still continue to help. I don't understand the negative comments on this page. Please, please don't bad mouth the

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....I LOVE PAWS Animal Shelter.\r

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....I LOVE PAWS Animal Shelter.\r

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PAWS is one of the only shelters in OR that will take in neonates. That alone shows that they care and are willing to go the extra mile. The bottle babies need 24 hr care and the volunteers who foster them give tirelessly to save these babies when all the other shelters will just euthanize.

The kitties that other reviewers call "sick" aren't sick, they have stories One has cerebral palsy, it's not contagious, and he's a sweet, loving permanent resident who was offered a chance at life instead of being euthanized. He is one of the most affectionate cats there. Another has damaged tear ducts and he has permanently weepy eyes but it's not an upper respiratory infection. And if there is an infection, the affected kitties are confined to a condo, or set out to foster care.

To the guy below who said he was told to donate $2000 to intake his cat, that's just a flat out lie. What you might've heard was that it takes about $2000 a year for them to shelter a cat. If you could spend a day at the shelter and hear how many calls they get (at least 10x an hour) asking if they would take their cat you'd feel differently. I've spent time there and I hear the calls all the time. Imagine how hard it must be for Sharon, the director, to constantly hear people's sad stories and how hard it must be for someone who loves animals to constantly have to say they're over capacity and she can't take any more in. So please don't get angry at shelters for not being able to take your cat.

The cats and kittens at PAWS are the best around. They're all very sociable, and have been raised with care, love, and compassion. If I were a cat I'd rather roam the building free than to be confined in a metal cage, alone. So please go and see the shelter for yourself.

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PAWS is one of the only shelters in OR that will take in neonates. That alone shows that they care and are willing to go the extra mile. The bottle babies need 24 hr care and the volunteers who foster them give tirelessly to save these babies when all the other shelters will just euthanize.

The kitties that other reviewers call "sick" aren't sick, they have stories One has cerebral palsy, it's not contagious, and he's a sweet, loving permanent resident who was offered a chance at life instead of being euthanized. He is one of the most affectionate cats there. Another has damaged tear ducts and he has permanently weepy eyes but it's not an upper respiratory infection. And if there is an infection, the affected kitties are confined to a condo, or set out to foster care.

To the guy below who said he was told to donate $2000 to intake his cat, that's just a flat out lie. What you might've heard was that it takes about $2000 a year for them to shelter a cat. If you could spend a day at the shelter and hear how many calls they get (at least 10x an hour) asking if they would take their cat you'd feel differently. I've spent time there and I hear the calls all the time. Imagine how hard it must be for Sharon, the director, to constantly hear people's sad stories and how hard it must be for someone who loves animals to constantly have to say they're over capacity and she can't take any more in. So please don't get angry at shelters for not being able to take your cat.

The cats and kittens at PAWS are the best around. They're all very sociable, and have been raised with care, love, and compassion. If I were a cat I'd rather roam the building free than to be confined in a metal cage, alone. So please go and see the shelter for yourself.

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Great little shelter, the only one in the Portland metro area (and one of only a few in all of OR) to take orphaned neonates. That shows they care deeply about animals. The people who have commented about sick kitties haven't spent

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Great little shelter, the only one in the Portland metro area (and one of only a few in all of OR) to take orphaned neonates. That shows they care deeply about animals. The people who have commented about sick kitties haven't spent

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Sharon and her team of volunteers at PAWs Animal Shelter are awesome! If it weren't for the shelter, the animals would be out on the streets or worse, but instead, they are well cared for in a healthy, loving environment. The volunteers are selfless, kind, hardworking people who provide a clean, healthy home for the cats until they are found a permanent lap to curl up on. I've adopted four cats from PAWs over the past six years and love each and every one of them. It takes a special heart to put so much effort into saving and caring for those animals, and I am so grateful to know and work with the PAWs volunteers! Yay to PAWs, keep up the positive work!

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Sharon and her team of volunteers at PAWs Animal Shelter are awesome! If it weren't for the shelter, the animals would be out on the streets or worse, but instead, they are well cared for in a healthy, loving environment. The volunteers are selfless, kind, hardworking people who provide a clean, healthy home for the cats until they are found a permanent lap to curl up on. I've adopted four cats from PAWs over the past six years and love each and every one of them. It takes a special heart to put so much effort into saving and caring for those animals, and I am so grateful to know and work with the PAWs volunteers! Yay to PAWs, keep up the positive work!

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I Love PAWS Animal Shelter and am one of the Volunteers. It is a homey atmosphere where the animals are allowed to roam freely. You never know what type of animal you might see on any given day.
Orphaned baby birds, kittens, puppies.....are the norm. This shelter specializes in Orphaned Animals.
I love that the Volunteers take the time to try and help every person that calls. The shelter takes over 1,000 calls each month, mostly from people wanting to relinquish a pet or pets.... every one of them gets assistance...even if it is in the form of good advice.

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I Love PAWS Animal Shelter and am one of the Volunteers. It is a homey atmosphere where the animals are allowed to roam freely. You never know what type of animal you might see on any given day.
Orphaned baby birds, kittens, puppies.....are the norm. This shelter specializes in Orphaned Animals.
I love that the Volunteers take the time to try and help every person that calls. The shelter takes over 1,000 calls each month, mostly from people wanting to relinquish a pet or pets.... every one of them gets assistance...even if it is in the form of good advice.

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I have been working at PAWS for the past year, I'm also one of their foster parents. Let me just correct some WRONG information that's been said here about our policies.

#1 - We quarantine any animal with an infectious illness.

All our cats & kittens are vet checked, they are vaccinated when of age and all are spayed/neutered when they are of age. We offer in our contract to take the cat back for any reason, whether it's health, behavioral or you just decide you don't want it anymore. The FIP, FIV and Feline Leukemia symptoms do not always show up right away and the tests are not always reliable. They can often can show up false negatives, especially in kittens. Sadly they are common diseases in stray cats. Every shelter out there has to deal with this. Ring worm is a VERY easily cured skin condition, that can be very common in any animal that goes outside or comes in contact with mud. You can track it in on your shoes. It in no way requires an animal put to sleep. The other illnesses, while not curable, are treatable and with proper precautions cats can live together safely. Feline leukemia is a standard kitten vaccine.

Our healthy/non contagious cats run loose in the building because that is the healthiest, best thing for them. Cats kept in a kennel for any extended period of time become depressed, develop health and behavioral problems due to lack of exercise and are more difficult to adopt out because they don't show their personality well. They suffer from lack of socialization and healthy mental stimulation. Our cats live in an environment as close to a "home" as we can possibly get. They socialize with people and the other cats all day. We know each cats personality intimately and can better help people find a cat that is the right fit for them.

#2 ?? Sometimes animals die. We are the ONLY shelter in the area that takes orphaned litters and orphaned kittens rarely come to us healthy.

We get several hundred orphaned kittens a year, as young as hours old, so yes, we openly admit that some of them don't make it. Most of the litters are sick and malnourished when they are brought to us. Any kitten that even appears to be sick is kept quarantined in trained foster homes. All are provided with any needed medical care. We do everything in our power to save every kitten and cat brought in to us. Each one that we loose is a devastating blow as our foster parents spend days and weeks caring for these babies 24/7. Every other shelter policy in the area is to euthanize or refuse to accept any orphaned kitten or puppy not old enough to eat kibble. Talk to another shelter or a vet and they will tell you that animals get sick and die, especially strays, ferals and orphans. We have 4 local vets who would be glad to tell you how well cared for our animals are.

#3 - We do NOT adopt out sick cats

The majority of our cats are healthy & all are under vet care. If a cat has been recently ill or has only just recovered from an illness we always tell the adopter so they can make a decision as to whether they still want it & we ask the person to please inform us if the kitten becomes ill again after being taken home. We also give people the option of waiting a few weeks before taking the cat home just to make sure there are no relapses of the illness. We cannot guarantee that they will stay in perfect health once they've left the shelter.

#4 - We are one of the few no kill shelters in the area. We also do not put down animals with chronic problems if the animal can still live a happy comfortable life.

So yes some of the cats living in the shelter don't look 100% healthy. However NO contagious cat is allowed contact with others once an illness is suspected. Shelter rule is any cat with sneezes, runny nose or other symptoms needs to be immediately quarantined and they receive whatever vet care or medication they need.

One of the stars of our PAWS family is George. People feel sorry for him when they first meet him but quickly realize what a happy content life George lives. George has cerebral palsy. He requires a lot of extra care but he is spoiled rotten. His favorite thing to do is lay in a baby sling worn by any of the volunteers and be cuddled or go for a walk in the sunshine. He spends most of his days in someones arms and George will live with us always. We have several special needs cats that may appear to be "sick cats that aren't quarantined?. None of their conditions are contagious and all are under regular veterinary monitoring. Whether it's chronic ear infections or skin allergies or a birth defect, we keep them happy and healthy.

PAWS takes in the healthy, the weak, the sick, the orphaned, the disabled and we care for them all. How dare anyone judge us from one experience? If you had such a problem with your cat, try talking to us about it instead of flaming us online? Read your contract!

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I have been working at PAWS for the past year, I'm also one of their foster parents. Let me just correct some WRONG information that's been said here about our policies.

#1 - We quarantine any animal with an infectious illness.

All our cats & kittens are vet checked, they are vaccinated when of age and all are spayed/neutered when they are of age. We offer in our contract to take the cat back for any reason, whether it's health, behavioral or you just decide you don't want it anymore. The FIP, FIV and Feline Leukemia symptoms do not always show up right away and the tests are not always reliable. They can often can show up false negatives, especially in kittens. Sadly they are common diseases in stray cats. Every shelter out there has to deal with this. Ring worm is a VERY easily cured skin condition, that can be very common in any animal that goes outside or comes in contact with mud. You can track it in on your shoes. It in no way requires an animal put to sleep. The other illnesses, while not curable, are treatable and with proper precautions cats can live together safely. Feline leukemia is a standard kitten vaccine.

Our healthy/non contagious cats run loose in the building because that is the healthiest, best thing for them. Cats kept in a kennel for any extended period of time become depressed, develop health and behavioral problems due to lack of exercise and are more difficult to adopt out because they don't show their personality well. They suffer from lack of socialization and healthy mental stimulation. Our cats live in an environment as close to a "home" as we can possibly get. They socialize with people and the other cats all day. We know each cats personality intimately and can better help people find a cat that is the right fit for them.

#2 ?? Sometimes animals die. We are the ONLY shelter in the area that takes orphaned litters and orphaned kittens rarely come to us healthy.

We get several hundred orphaned kittens a year, as young as hours old, so yes, we openly admit that some of them don't make it. Most of the litters are sick and malnourished when they are brought to us. Any kitten that even appears to be sick is kept quarantined in trained foster homes. All are provided with any needed medical care. We do everything in our power to save every kitten and cat brought in to us. Each one that we loose is a devastating blow as our foster parents spend days and weeks caring for these babies 24/7. Every other shelter policy in the area is to euthanize or refuse to accept any orphaned kitten or puppy not old enough to eat kibble. Talk to another shelter or a vet and they will tell you that animals get sick and die, especially strays, ferals and orphans. We have 4 local vets who would be glad to tell you how well cared for our animals are.

#3 - We do NOT adopt out sick cats

The majority of our cats are healthy & all are under vet care. If a cat has been recently ill or has only just recovered from an illness we always tell the adopter so they can make a decision as to whether they still want it & we ask the person to please inform us if the kitten becomes ill again after being taken home. We also give people the option of waiting a few weeks before taking the cat home just to make sure there are no relapses of the illness. We cannot guarantee that they will stay in perfect health once they've left the shelter.

#4 - We are one of the few no kill shelters in the area. We also do not put down animals with chronic problems if the animal can still live a happy comfortable life.

So yes some of the cats living in the shelter don't look 100% healthy. However NO contagious cat is allowed contact with others once an illness is suspected. Shelter rule is any cat with sneezes, runny nose or other symptoms needs to be immediately quarantined and they receive whatever vet care or medication they need.

One of the stars of our PAWS family is George. People feel sorry for him when they first meet him but quickly realize what a happy content life George lives. George has cerebral palsy. He requires a lot of extra care but he is spoiled rotten. His favorite thing to do is lay in a baby sling worn by any of the volunteers and be cuddled or go for a walk in the sunshine. He spends most of his days in someones arms and George will live with us always. We have several special needs cats that may appear to be "sick cats that aren't quarantined?. None of their conditions are contagious and all are under regular veterinary monitoring. Whether it's chronic ear infections or skin allergies or a birth defect, we keep them happy and healthy.

PAWS takes in the healthy, the weak, the sick, the orphaned, the disabled and we care for them all. How dare anyone judge us from one experience? If you had such a problem with your cat, try talking to us about it instead of flaming us online? Read your contract!

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Actually the owner of PAWS cares for the cats because what you don't see is the medication in the back room or the hours she spends on caring for them so before you knock someone from doing a job that they love and has been very helpful

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Actually the owner of PAWS cares for the cats because what you don't see is the medication in the back room or the hours she spends on caring for them so before you knock someone from doing a job that they love and has been very helpful

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the cats are SICK. you can just look at them and tell and with cats, illness is highly contagious so since they dont seperate the horribly sick ones, its very likely that they all are sick. they dont spay and neuter before they adopt them out to you. and they charge $110 for a kitten that has NOT been altered and has clearly NOT had needed medical attention. i walked in there with the intent to take one home that day and walked right back out when i saw the condition of the center AND the condition of the cats. someone needs to report this place, it is SO sad.

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the cats are SICK. you can just look at them and tell and with cats, illness is highly contagious so since they dont seperate the horribly sick ones, its very likely that they all are sick. they dont spay and neuter before they adopt them out to you. and they charge $110 for a kitten that has NOT been altered and has clearly NOT had needed medical attention. i walked in there with the intent to take one home that day and walked right back out when i saw the condition of the center AND the condition of the cats. someone needs to report this place, it is SO sad.

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I read this review and it seems like this is one angry person. First of all, I have adopted 7 cats from PAWS. They are the most professional, honest, and caring shelter I ever encountered. The owner who is so dedicated has saved so many of the cats, young and old. She has personally gone to sights and traps them in all weather conditions, (and it may take hours) until she succeeds. When you adopt a cat, you sign a contract, that clearly states you can bring the cat back if you are not satisfied. It also offers a FREE medical examination by a veterinarian. Obviously, this person either failed to read the contract, or she just didn't care about the life of the cat enough to go back to PAWS and have them help her which they gladly would have. Instead she took it upon herself to have the kitten killed, what a shame that is! It seems as though she does not really know about ring worm, therefore, I copied this off a vet's site and hope I can educate a few people out there. PAWS is a rescue shelter. People drop off kittens at the door and run, people abuse them, dump them and others find them and call PAWS. People raise their cats and then decide after several years they just can't take care of them any more (hopefully they don't do this with their kids). At times they unwillingly inherit them and dump them. There are so many scenarios, you would just cringe if you knew all the horrible stories surrounding these animals. There are so many unwanted cats and HOORAY for PAWS for providing them with a warm shelter, good food, entertainment, medical treatment, and loving foster homes. PAWS survives on all volunteers, and donations, and the owner works 80+ hours a week to save these cats for a very meager income.
I challenge this angry person, if you are so unhappy with the way PAWS is ran, then perhaps you can volunteer your time and help them with the shelter, donate money, or even help them get grants like the Humane Society receives, or become a foster mom. I also challenge you to list the vets that talk so badly about PAWS, because I do not believe you. I know how many thousands of dollars PAWS has spent on Vet bills, even if it meant not paying the rent right on time. You did not have to put your pet down, you had choices, you just didn't want to be a responsible or caring person to go back to PAWS or deal with your cat. Many cats live years with leukemia, and there is a vaccine for it . You say you exposed your other cats to it, well it seems as though you know all about feline leukemia, so can you tell me why you have not vaccinated your own cats? And you have the audacity to judge PAWS! Shame on you for not having them vaccinated! If you would have, you wouldn't have to worry about it!
I remember when PAWS first opened their doors the owner would personally go to the person's home a few times and interview them to decide if they were going to be good pet owners. I sure wish they could still do this, because then I am sure they could whittle out these angry people, who really aren't responsible pet owners. They just pretend to be, and then complain to pass the buck onto someone else. (By the way did you know the cats get to live at PAWS or go to a foster home no matter how sick they are until they die peacefully on their own? Very few cats have ever been euthanized. In fact I don't think I have heard of any that have been unless that was absolutely the only choice. (There are special cages at PAWS for the ill ones). I do know of vets that wanted to end their lives and the owner would not let them and personally kept these cats and nursed them until they recovered. These particular vets did become angry the owner for wanting to keep the cat alive, so perhaps these are the vets you chose to take your cats to, too? Furthermore, when a new cat comes in, it is sent to a foster home until it is deemed healthy to join the shelter. Every precaution is taken, that is why it is so important to communicate with the owner if there are complications.Everyone in Willamette Falls loves PAWS and for the fact that they have added so much to the community. Also, I think this person needs to educate what cat shelters actually are, and if she chooses to adopt from them, she needs to read the contract and abide by it.

Ringworm (Dermatophytosis) is a fungal infection that can affect the hair, skin or nails of cats, dogs and humans. In humans, the infection often causes classic ring-like lesions, but these are seen less commonly in cats and dogs. In most patients, ringworm is self-limiting; that is, it will self cure over time. However, because this infection can be transmitted from cats and dogs to other animals and also to people, every pet owner should be aware of the symptoms, transmission and treatment of ringworm.

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I read this review and it seems like this is one angry person. First of all, I have adopted 7 cats from PAWS. They are the most professional, honest, and caring shelter I ever encountered. The owner who is so dedicated has saved so many of the cats, young and old. She has personally gone to sights and traps them in all weather conditions, (and it may take hours) until she succeeds. When you adopt a cat, you sign a contract, that clearly states you can bring the cat back if you are not satisfied. It also offers a FREE medical examination by a veterinarian. Obviously, this person either failed to read the contract, or she just didn't care about the life of the cat enough to go back to PAWS and have them help her which they gladly would have. Instead she took it upon herself to have the kitten killed, what a shame that is! It seems as though she does not really know about ring worm, therefore, I copied this off a vet's site and hope I can educate a few people out there. PAWS is a rescue shelter. People drop off kittens at the door and run, people abuse them, dump them and others find them and call PAWS. People raise their cats and then decide after several years they just can't take care of them any more (hopefully they don't do this with their kids). At times they unwillingly inherit them and dump them. There are so many scenarios, you would just cringe if you knew all the horrible stories surrounding these animals. There are so many unwanted cats and HOORAY for PAWS for providing them with a warm shelter, good food, entertainment, medical treatment, and loving foster homes. PAWS survives on all volunteers, and donations, and the owner works 80+ hours a week to save these cats for a very meager income.
I challenge this angry person, if you are so unhappy with the way PAWS is ran, then perhaps you can volunteer your time and help them with the shelter, donate money, or even help them get grants like the Humane Society receives, or become a foster mom. I also challenge you to list the vets that talk so badly about PAWS, because I do not believe you. I know how many thousands of dollars PAWS has spent on Vet bills, even if it meant not paying the rent right on time. You did not have to put your pet down, you had choices, you just didn't want to be a responsible or caring person to go back to PAWS or deal with your cat. Many cats live years with leukemia, and there is a vaccine for it . You say you exposed your other cats to it, well it seems as though you know all about feline leukemia, so can you tell me why you have not vaccinated your own cats? And you have the audacity to judge PAWS! Shame on you for not having them vaccinated! If you would have, you wouldn't have to worry about it!
I remember when PAWS first opened their doors the owner would personally go to the person's home a few times and interview them to decide if they were going to be good pet owners. I sure wish they could still do this, because then I am sure they could whittle out these angry people, who really aren't responsible pet owners. They just pretend to be, and then complain to pass the buck onto someone else. (By the way did you know the cats get to live at PAWS or go to a foster home no matter how sick they are until they die peacefully on their own? Very few cats have ever been euthanized. In fact I don't think I have heard of any that have been unless that was absolutely the only choice. (There are special cages at PAWS for the ill ones). I do know of vets that wanted to end their lives and the owner would not let them and personally kept these cats and nursed them until they recovered. These particular vets did become angry the owner for wanting to keep the cat alive, so perhaps these are the vets you chose to take your cats to, too? Furthermore, when a new cat comes in, it is sent to a foster home until it is deemed healthy to join the shelter. Every precaution is taken, that is why it is so important to communicate with the owner if there are complications.Everyone in Willamette Falls loves PAWS and for the fact that they have added so much to the community. Also, I think this person needs to educate what cat shelters actually are, and if she chooses to adopt from them, she needs to read the contract and abide by it.

Ringworm (Dermatophytosis) is a fungal infection that can affect the hair, skin or nails of cats, dogs and humans. In humans, the infection often causes classic ring-like lesions, but these are seen less commonly in cats and dogs. In most patients, ringworm is self-limiting; that is, it will self cure over time. However, because this infection can be transmitted from cats and dogs to other animals and also to people, every pet owner should be aware of the symptoms, transmission and treatment of ringworm.

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While the young kittens might tempt you to enter and maybe adopt one: BUYER BEWARE.

We adopted a young kitten from Paws that turned out had both cat leukemia and ring worm. So, not only did we have to put down a new pet, we exposed our other pet cat to both these infectious diseases. When asked where we adopted the pet from the staff at the vets office shook their heads and shared with us that they have seen this same sad story play out dozens of times. The vet who treated our kitten was furious with the ignorance of the owner of Paws. Apparently the veterinary community has confronted the owner in the past on the lack of proper vaccination, leukemia screening and poor health conditions of the Paws facility to no avail. With ringworm, customers themselves can contract the fungus easily from simply walking into their unclean store front and petting the cats or kittens.

We will never return and strongly recommend avoiding Paws Animal Shelter.

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While the young kittens might tempt you to enter and maybe adopt one: BUYER BEWARE.

We adopted a young kitten from Paws that turned out had both cat leukemia and ring worm. So, not only did we have to put down a new pet, we exposed our other pet cat to both these infectious diseases. When asked where we adopted the pet from the staff at the vets office shook their heads and shared with us that they have seen this same sad story play out dozens of times. The vet who treated our kitten was furious with the ignorance of the owner of Paws. Apparently the veterinary community has confronted the owner in the past on the lack of proper vaccination, leukemia screening and poor health conditions of the Paws facility to no avail. With ringworm, customers themselves can contract the fungus easily from simply walking into their unclean store front and petting the cats or kittens.

We will never return and strongly recommend avoiding Paws Animal Shelter.

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While the young kittens might tempt you to enter and maybe adopt one: BUYER BEWARE.

We adopted a young kitten from Paws that turned out had both cat leukemia and ring worm. So, not only did we have to put down a new pet, we exposed our other pet cat to both these infectious diseases. When asked where we adopted the pet from the staff at the vets office shook their heads and shared with us that they have seen this same sad story play out dozens of times. The vet who treated our kitten was furious with the ignorance of the owner of Paws. Apparently the veterinary community has confronted the owner in the past on the lack of proper vaccination, leukemia screening and poor health conditions of the Paws facility to no avail. With ringworm, customers themselves can contract the fungus easily from simply walking into their unclean store front and petting the cats or kittens.

We will never return and strongly recommend avoiding Paws Animal Shelter.

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While the young kittens might tempt you to enter and maybe adopt one: BUYER BEWARE.

We adopted a young kitten from Paws that turned out had both cat leukemia and ring worm. So, not only did we have to put down a new pet, we exposed our other pet cat to both these infectious diseases. When asked where we adopted the pet from the staff at the vets office shook their heads and shared with us that they have seen this same sad story play out dozens of times. The vet who treated our kitten was furious with the ignorance of the owner of Paws. Apparently the veterinary community has confronted the owner in the past on the lack of proper vaccination, leukemia screening and poor health conditions of the Paws facility to no avail. With ringworm, customers themselves can contract the fungus easily from simply walking into their unclean store front and petting the cats or kittens.

We will never return and strongly recommend avoiding Paws Animal Shelter.

Cons: sick animals and poor customer service

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This is the most wonderful cat shelter I have ever seen! Paws in West Linn Oregon Is caring and loving to all there beautiful kitty's. There cats are well cared for and are happy!! The staff are very helpful and they know there kitty's very well. They always are in need of donations and volunteers,the kitty's would love to meet you! So come in and adopt a wonderful cat today from this lovely shelter you will be glad you did!!

Jacqueline P.

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This is the most wonderful cat shelter I have ever seen! Paws in West Linn Oregon Is caring and loving to all there beautiful kitty's. There cats are well cared for and are happy!! The staff are very helpful and they know there kitty's very well. They always are in need of donations and volunteers,the kitty's would love to meet you! So come in and adopt a wonderful cat today from this lovely shelter you will be glad you did!!

Jacqueline P.

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PAWS is as great shelter. All the kittens are "hand raised" from less than three weeks old (the shelter takes in orphans who no longer have a mother to nurse them, so they come to think that humans are mom and dad). The older cats in the shelter are also easy to choose from; since they are not caged the director and staff know their personalities and can help you find someone who is perfect for your family. The entire place is run on volunteerism and donations from the community. PAWS is absolutely no-kill and extra love!

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PAWS is as great shelter. All the kittens are "hand raised" from less than three weeks old (the shelter takes in orphans who no longer have a mother to nurse them, so they come to think that humans are mom and dad). The older cats in the shelter are also easy to choose from; since they are not caged the director and staff know their personalities and can help you find someone who is perfect for your family. The entire place is run on volunteerism and donations from the community. PAWS is absolutely no-kill and extra love!

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My mother recently adopted a pair of kitties from Paws. Of course, after adopting them, and paying the full fee for adoption, mom brought them to the vet. She was aware the kitties were recovering from a respiratory infection at the time, but the vet also told her that it's common with cats from Paws to have respiratory, intestinal, and fungal infestations, and it turns out that her kitties have all three! A week and a half after the kitties came home, the kitties have erupted with ringworm, have exposed the entire family including my two children to it, and my two healthy adult cats in turn. Lots of vet visits, expensive medication, a month of dips and expensive oral medication, quarantining the kittens during treatment, steam cleaning all soft surfaces and bleaching all hard surfaces is what she has to look forward to in the next month. UGH! If these people are charing full price adoption fees they have a obligation to do what it takes to eradicate these infestations and infections from their population and offer some kind of minimum health guarantee of their kittens. I can never ever ever recommend this place after seeing what my mom has gone through in just the first two weeks following her adoption.

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My mother recently adopted a pair of kitties from Paws. Of course, after adopting them, and paying the full fee for adoption, mom brought them to the vet. She was aware the kitties were recovering from a respiratory infection at the time, but the vet also told her that it's common with cats from Paws to have respiratory, intestinal, and fungal infestations, and it turns out that her kitties have all three! A week and a half after the kitties came home, the kitties have erupted with ringworm, have exposed the entire family including my two children to it, and my two healthy adult cats in turn. Lots of vet visits, expensive medication, a month of dips and expensive oral medication, quarantining the kittens during treatment, steam cleaning all soft surfaces and bleaching all hard surfaces is what she has to look forward to in the next month. UGH! If these people are charing full price adoption fees they have a obligation to do what it takes to eradicate these infestations and infections from their population and offer some kind of minimum health guarantee of their kittens. I can never ever ever recommend this place after seeing what my mom has gone through in just the first two weeks following her adoption.

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I recommend adopting a cat from PAWS. We just adopted a cat and the staff at PAWS are a wonderfully caring group of people that focus on the well being of the kitties in their care. They helped us choose a kitty that fit our situation. Since they know the kitties very well, they are able to make good recommendations to ease the adjustment into your home. The cats are happy and well cared for. PAWS could use more donations and volunteers of course, but they work miracles with what they have!

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I recommend adopting a cat from PAWS. We just adopted a cat and the staff at PAWS are a wonderfully caring group of people that focus on the well being of the kitties in their care. They helped us choose a kitty that fit our situation. Since they know the kitties very well, they are able to make good recommendations to ease the adjustment into your home. The cats are happy and well cared for. PAWS could use more donations and volunteers of course, but they work miracles with what they have!

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I was pretty disappointed with this shelter. The kitty I adopted was supposedly healthy as her records state, but as soon as we brought her home, we noticed her sneezing and lots of fluid in the eyes. When I took her for her first exam, discovered she never had her rabies shot or feline HIV testing (a MUST for shelter cats as they can easily contract in such small quarters, another $175 at the vet) this was partially my fault for simply assuming as every other shelter I have adopted cats from had these simple procedures done. The vet was astonished about this. The kitty also spread a respiratory infection she had at the shelter weeks ago and supposedly healed from, to my other cat, which cost me another $200 in vet bills. Oh, and she had many fleas when we first brought her home but a bath took care of that.
All in all we love our kitty but this shelter needs to fork out the money and effort to have these cats taken care of properly with initial shots and testing to protect the other cats. Or prepare to spend a shiny penny on vet bills.

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I was pretty disappointed with this shelter. The kitty I adopted was supposedly healthy as her records state, but as soon as we brought her home, we noticed her sneezing and lots of fluid in the eyes. When I took her for her first exam, discovered she never had her rabies shot or feline HIV testing (a MUST for shelter cats as they can easily contract in such small quarters, another $175 at the vet) this was partially my fault for simply assuming as every other shelter I have adopted cats from had these simple procedures done. The vet was astonished about this. The kitty also spread a respiratory infection she had at the shelter weeks ago and supposedly healed from, to my other cat, which cost me another $200 in vet bills. Oh, and she had many fleas when we first brought her home but a bath took care of that.
All in all we love our kitty but this shelter needs to fork out the money and effort to have these cats taken care of properly with initial shots and testing to protect the other cats. Or prepare to spend a shiny penny on vet bills.

 

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