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Help us complete the circle. Adopt, Support, Volunteer.  We're their safety net. You're their home sweet home.

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Make a difference and ensure that our animals are receiving the love, and veterinary care that they desperately need. Become a "PAWS" Volunteer




Paws Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Who will care, when you're not there? Information resource for pet owners and professionals who assist them in estate planning for their pets



Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society, Inc.

We are PAWS!

About PAWS

PAWS is currently celebrating its 40th year of helping animals. PAWS is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting respect for all living things, as well as attempting to reduce the increasing companion animal population.

Thank you, Rachel

This past week, we got a call from a senior who has cancer that has difficulty walking her St. Bernard/hound mix as well as grooming him. Thankfully, we have our partner, Rachel, owner of Dog Grooming By Rachel, who generously provides us grooming services for our dogs in the program. She has been working with us for past 2 years or so. Thank you, Rachel, for all you do! Check out her work on her Facebook page!

Oktoberfest was a Big Hit!

Thank you to all those who came out and donated! And thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event happen! We appreciate all of you and your efforts. Thank you for continuing to support PAWS.

AmazonSmile donations

Did you know your purchases can make a difference?

AmazonSmile donates to Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society Inc when you do your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com

Unconditional Love ... Adopt a Dog vspace= We are recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3), not for profit organization; we are chartered in New York State. Contributions are fully deductible to the extent of the law. Every dollar goes directly towards helping the animals. There is no money spent on salaries, rent or professional fund raising.

PAWS has many programs which are helpful in achieving our goals. PAWS operates Humane Education Program to help children to understand the importance of taking responsibility for their pets, including spaying/neutering. PAWS operates a humane education program that is presented to school aged students each year. The program is called “PAWS To Learn” and is offered free to schools, libraries, scouts and other civic groups. The New York State mandated curriculum is presented at an age appropriate level to various grades. PAWS has a low-cost spay/neuter program which enables many families to have their pets altered who would otherwise be unable to do so for financial reasons. This service is also provided for stray animals. Consequently, this reduces the number of unwanted animals that enter our already over burdened and over-populated shelters. Thousands of animals are spayed/neutered each year through our program which greatly reduces the number of animals being born and thus, the number being destroyed. We also have a free spay/neuter program for felines. Other programs also include: Seniors for Seniors and PAWS pet food distribution program. Please see our Programs page for a complete listing of all of our Programs.

We welcome any and all donations. You can make your check payable to PAWS and send to P.O. Box 861, Hicksville, New York 11802-0861. Or go to our Donations page link above.

Please remember that adopting a pet from the shelter means that you have saved a life.


Senior Pet

Pet (or a younger pet!)

If you've been thinking about adopting a pet, now is the time!

Find your best friend and help fund PAWS quest to save senior pets.
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Helping the pets that help seniors

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AmbuVet is the only pet emergency transport service in New York City that operates 24/7 by New York State certified Veterinary Technicians. AmbuVet is located in Astoria, Queens and service the Greater New York area, however, are often dispatched to locations that are outside of their service area because of emergency circumstances. Please contact them for assistance with your situation.
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