About PAWS

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Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter (PAWS) / Pioneer Humane Society

Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter (PAWS) / Pioneer Humane Society

Non-Profit animal rescue operated mostly by volunteers located in Pendleton, Oregon.

PENDLETON AREA MISSING DOG! (SHADE)Shade went missing from SW Goodwin area in Pendleton, Oregon. He is grey and has a little diamond on his neck area. He has his collar on with owners information. Call or message if you have seen this dog (541) 969-0286.Please share to help Shade get home. ... See MoreSee Less
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UPDATE: Owner found and dog returned to owner! Thank you to everyone who helped!--Do you know this dog? He's a star (after running on stage during the ballet performance today at BMCC). Nice people are keeping him safe, but we need to find his owner. Share to help this little guy get home. ... See MoreSee Less
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UPDATE: This dog has recently had puppies, which must be out there somewhere missing their mama. If you know where this dog came from in Reith, let us know. This dog was found in the country outside of Reith, Oregon, running with another dog who can't be caught. Nice people are looking for her owners. Please share to see if she has a home. ... See MoreSee Less
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Due to being short staffed, we will be closed to the public today. Our animal care staff and volunteers are taking care of the shelter animals, but we don't have enough personnel to run the front office or facilitate adoptions. We apologize for any inconvenience. ... See MoreSee Less
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Mötley is lost on Westgate around the area of the Airport exit in Pendleton, Oregon. She’s wearing a purple harness with a blue leash and bandana. She escaped about 7pm this evening. She’s a sweet girl, but probably pretty scared!Please remember if you approach a scared dog, get low or sit on the ground, don't make any sudden movements, and let the dog come to you. Please share to help Mötley get home safe! ... See MoreSee Less
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Pioneer Humane Society / PAWS

We are YOUR Pendleton community animal shelter!

Pioneer Humane Society/Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter is a local, private, non-profit 501(c)3 animal shelter located in Pendleton, Oregon. Founded in 1975 by a group of compassionate citizens, we are dedicated to helping homeless, lost, and at-risk animals and pet owners in our town and surrounding areas.

Annual Animal Statistics 2019 
Dog intake 322
Cat intake 864
Lifesaving percentage
2019 99.9%

We do our work by operating a no-kill shelter facility for homeless animals; through education and outreach programs; encouraging and assisting with spay/neuter; helping low-income pet owners with our pet food assistance program, and much more.

We are supported by volunteers, community partners, donations, and grants. We have a contract to take in impounded stray dogs from the city of Pendleton, however this contract accounts for only a small amount of our budget. We are not affiliated with, nor receive any funding from, the Humane Society of the United States or any other national lobbying organization.

Please visit our Services and Programs and Frequently Asked Questions pages for more info on the work we do in our community, and Get Involved for how you can help.

PAWS building
Our PAWS building

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Pioneer Humane Society, a non-profit 501(3)c organization, is to promote and provide humane treatment of animals through education and fostering/sheltering/adopting homeless animals.  Its programs and services are administered through PAWS (Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter).  PAWS serves the community by reducing pet population through spay/neuter programs and maintains a commitment not to euthanize healthy adoptable animals.

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