PAWS is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal rescue and foster network, founded in Wakefield, MA, in 1982 by the late Esther Nowell. PAWS grew out of Wakefield’s Canine Control Committee and now responds to various types of animal-related needs in the Greater Boston area—especially north and northwest of Boston.
Our primary services consist of the following:
- Humane Response Line—a voicemail service, linking our members and the public to our volunteers to help find solutions for animal-related questions and issues, including inquiries about adoptions, rehoming, behavioral issues, finding vet care, lost and found information, and more.
- Pet Adoptions and Re-Homing—matching pets and people for companionship.
- Low-Cost Spay/Neuter—working with the community to ensure that pet guardians have access to affordable spay/neuter and vet-care options for their companion pets.
- Community Cats Management—working with the community to ensure that free-roaming cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and provided with food and appropriate shelter and friendly strays are either reunited with their homes or adopted to new homes.
- Educational Programs—hosting speakers and educational opportunities and providing literature and other educational material at meetings and community events.