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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.

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We need volunteers during Round-Up to operate the merchandise booth at the rodeo grounds. You're supporting a good cause when you volunteer with PAWS. A percentage of all sales from the merchandise booth goes directly to PAWS, benefiting animals in need.We still need volunteers Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for both shifts. Shifts are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.Send us a message to become a volunteer! <3 ... See MoreSee Less
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Lady is missing from NE O’Brien and Avidon in the Riverside area of Pendleton, Oregon. She was wearing a teal color. Her family misses her so much. Please let us know if you have seen her. Please share to help her get home 💗 ... See MoreSee Less
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A HAPPY UPDATE! I am home with my family. Thank you to everyone who helped! <3---Do you know me? Some nice people on NW 6th and Gilliam in Pendleton, Oregon, are keeping me safe. Please share to help me get home. ... 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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