PAWS Launches New Website as Part of Aggressive Program to Increase Pet Adoptions
It's an exciting time for the volunteers who help run Centre County PAWS. The State College-based animal shelter is launching a new website this Friday as part of a program to increase adoptions of dogs and cats.
PAWS is also linking its website to PetFinder.com -- a site that provides nationwide exposure for homeless pets. That means people across the country will be able to see the dogs and cats available for adoption at PAWS. Shelter Supervisor Lisa Bahr says she's, "hoping to get increased traffic to the PAWS website, and to our center, which will help boost our adoption numbers."
Currently, the PAWS shelter on Trout Road finds 'forever homes' for more than 500 cats and dogs each year. Bahr says the new PAWS website also has, "the capability to link video of our animals directly to their profiles, which we really wanted." So you can see the PAWS dogs and cats in action before visiting the shelter on Trout Road.
Not only that, by using PetFinder.com people can search for pets using very specific criteria. According to Bahr you'll be able to, "search by breed, age or gender. If I want an older German Shepherd I can search for just that, or I can look for any type of dog or cat."
If all goes according to plan, the new PAWS website will also lead to an increase in donations. Bahr says money is always a concern because, "We spay and neuter, de-worm and vaccinate our dogs and cats which is a big expense." Adoption fees only cover a portion of those costs. PAWS is currently running a 'Five Dollar Feline' program -- older cats can be adopted for just a five dollar fee.
With so many expenses, PAWS relies on generous donations and volunteer-run fundraisers to pay the bills. The next big event is the 'PAWS Comedy Club' night, with entertainment provided by standup comedians. This year's headliner is Jimmy Carroll, who's worked with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy and Rosie O'Donnell. For more information about the PAWS Comedy Club, or to make a donation visit CentreCountyPAWS.org.
Watch this video to see a few of the dogs and cats that are currently available for adoption at PAWS.