Paws & More
PAWS & More is a non-profit 501(c) shelter and has been an
organization since 1978. PAWS & More primarily serves both rural
Washington County and its communities. We also occasionally work
in cooperation with other shelters and rescue organizations
needing assistance. Because there is no animal control agency in
Washington County, citizens depend on us to provide those
The shelter takes in, on average, over 600 animals each year. We
are an adoption-guarantee shelter that euthanizes only when
medically or behaviorally necessary. All animals are
behaviorally tested prior to adoption. Housing at the shelter is
limited to approximately 120 cats and 25 dogs at one time but
unfortunately we sometimes exceed this during kitten seasons.
Not only does PAWS provide homes for stray pets and unite lost
pets with their owners, we educate the public who have questions
on pet care, we assist law enforcement with neglect cases, and
handle citizen complaints and family emergency issues. We also
offer volunteer youth classes and visit care facilities with our
The shelter’s income comes primarily from adoption fees,
donations, grants, and fundraising activities. The local city
and county government donations cover a small portion of the
shelter's annual budget and are used primarily to support staff
salaries and insurance.
PAWS & More and its animals could use your help! Please consider
donating supplies, volunteering, making a financial donation or
adopting or sponsoring one of the many wonderful animals at the
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Adopting a Pet From Paws & More:
fee includes one year rabies, spay/neuter, heartworm test and
preventive vaccinations (distemper/parvo), deworming, ear
cleaning, nail trim, flea and tick preventative, and microchip
which includes national registration.
of our dogs that are adopted come with a free class with Lisa
Dholman, our Professional Dog Trainer
and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Call Lisa at 319-217-1190.
fee includes spay/neuter, Feline Leukemia test, FVRCP
vaccination, deworming, flea and tick preventative, nail trim,
ear cleaning, and microchip which includes national
registration. We do not provide rabies vaccinations for felines
(except those available for adoption at the Petco stores).
All animals adopted
from our facility are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. In rare
cases that they are not, due to health reasons, arrangements will be
made with the adopter to have the surgery done at a later date. For
local adopters, we will ask them to bring the pet back to the shelter on
designated spay/neuter days so we can transport it to our vet. This is
so we can keep costs down for the family plus ensure the surgery is
For long distance
adopters, we will talk to the adopter’s vet and arrange a time for the
spay/neuter surgery as well as follow-up that it’s complete. We firmly
believe that controlling the animal population is the only way to reduce
the number of animals in rescue facilities as well as shelters that
destroy animals for no reason other than overpopulation.
We now have cats available for
adoption from the Cedar Rapids/Marion Petco and the Coralville Petco
stores. Take a look!
PAWS is now using the ASPCA
"Meet Your Match" listing system when describing our cats in
petfinder.com and on our ID tags. Categories include:
Using Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download
and print our Adoption Form and complete all
the necessary information. You can either send this form to us through
the mail so that we can start checking your references before you stop
by the shelter, or bring it to the shelter with you.
PAWS & More Animal
1004 1/2 West Madison St
Washington, IA 52353
a Board Member will process your application in a timely manner. For
long-distance adoptions, it’s helpful for staff to have a chance to
check your references before your arrival at the shelter, then speak
with you further once you're in town. This way, the adoption can be
completed in one trip.
have shown that pets can help their owners live longer and they
certainly can provide companionship and affection to those who are
lonely. With the growing number of elderly people living alone, pets are
especially important in increasing their interest in life, and give the
elderly something to care for, as well as providing an opportunity for
exercise and socialization. Taking care of a pet can also serve as an
alarm clock for elderly people – reminding him to take care of
themselves, too. In fact, animal companionship can dramatically improve
the quality of life and may even have a positive impact on longevity.
Illnesses like heart disease and high blood pressure are reportedly less
of a problem and a person’s mental health is improved when owning a pet.
PAWS & More has placed pets in local care/assisted living facilities
before and we hope that more people can either adopt a pet for
themselves or have the pet belong to the entire resident population. Again,
if the adoption fee is an issue for such circumstances, please let us
know and we can possibly work out arrangements to fit the situation.
PROBLEMS? Tips from
the United States Humane Society: