Pets of the Month
Adoption hours are:
Daytime hours: Tuesday through Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Evening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Please email email@example.com. Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate person. Or, you may call the shelter during open hours at 815-464-7298.
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Debit Cards.
Adoption fees include:
*Current vaccinations include:
Dogs: All dogs over 4 months have been vaccinated for Rabies, Distemper/Parvo and Bordatella. They have also been spayed/neutered, fecal checked/treated, given flea protection and placed on heartworm preventative. All dogs have been temperament tested.
Puppies: All puppies under 4 months have been vaccinated against Distemper/Parvo and Bordatella. They have been spayed/neutered, fecal checked/treated and given flea protection.
Cats: All cats over 4 months have been vaccinated for Rabies, Distemper and Bordatella. They have been tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV and have been spayed/neutered, fecal checked/treated and given flea protection.
Kittens: All kittens under 4 months have been vaccinated against Distemper and Bordatella. They have been tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV and have been spayed/neutered, fecal checked/treated and given flea protection.
A volunteer will bring the dog to your home to see how the dog reacts to the environment, all family members and other pets. It gives the potential adopter the opportunity to interact with the dog without all the distractions of the shelter and others dogs. If the dog has special requirements such as a fence, it will be assessed to determine if the home is satisfactory.
Some of our dogs and cats are owner-relinquished animals while others are unclaimed strays or transfers from other agencies. Whenever possible, P.A.W.S. lends assistance to shelters in need by assuming animals when they are overcrowded.
There are many reasons that people are forced to relinquish a pet. Sometimes it is a behavioral issue but sadly, the economy has forced many families to give up their pets due to loss of job and home. In many cases, people are forced to give up their pets due to allergies in the family or an unexpected change in the family status. Sometimes it’s just a failure to educate themselves on the breed and its personality, consequently leading to a failure to consider special training, energy levels, size, etc.
Of course when taking any new animal into the home, there will be a period of adjustment. Unfortunately, we are constrained by our limited space and cannot always accept all surrenders.
P.A.W.S. has a training team in place that works daily with the dogs that are displaying behavioral issues.
Yes, the Peoples Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) is a non-profit 501 (c ) (3) charity. P.A.W.S. relies on donations from individuals and businesses to support our mission.
Yes! Through your generosity, we were able to declare a no-kill status in 2010! P.A.W.S. does not euthanize animals unless they are deemed dangerous or for medical necessity.
If you must relinquish your pet:
We are here to help! Please call the shelter at 815-464-7298 with any concerns you might have.
Call your local police department or animal control first. They keep a record of lost pets. They will either pick up the animal or give you further instruction. Animals should stay at a shelter close to where they were found. It helps to increase the chances of the owner locating the animal.