Our Mission

& Philosophy

Our Mission to an unwanted:

  • To offer refuge, medical care, nourishment and an opportunity for a second chance for life to unwanted animals in our community.

  • To protect animals from cruelty, neglect, carelessness and ignorance.

  • To encourage and promote responsible pet ownership.

  • To educate and inform the public about animal issues, and to assist in the development of short and long term community oriented solutions to such problems. 

The Philosophy of the Humane Society and Adoption Center at PAWS is as follows:

  • Because animals are part of our environment, the relationship between people and animals is unique and special.

  • Since humans have chosen to domesticate animals, we have a moral and legal responsibility to care for and protect them.

  • Yet many have failed in this responsibility. Man has exploited and endangered wild animals.

  • They have abandoned their companion animals, condemning them to suffering, starvation and disease.

  • Man has allowed thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens to be born each day, thus perpetuating the cycle of neglect and abuse.

  • To protect animals from this cruelty, our community needs The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.

  • We seek to uplift the community by encouraging the humane treatment of all animals.


After all, a better world for animals will be a better world for people too!