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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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Little Matilda is doing amazing in her foster home! We appreciate everyone who asked for an update! Thank you to Officer Jensen, Dr. Jones at Riverside Vet, Matilda's foster, and all of you who care! Please remember that we have so many shelter animals who need your help! It takes our whole community to save over 1,000 animals each year! ... See MoreSee Less
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Edited to add: This dog was found near Sunridge Middle School in Pendleton, Oregon. URGENT: Do you know this dog? She was found by a concerned citizen and taken to the pound. She may have recently had puppies, so we want to find her owner as soon as possible. Please share to help this dog get home. ... See MoreSee Less
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Update: Owner found and dog headed home! Thank you to everyone who helped!---Do you know this dog? She was at Cayuse and Old Emigrant Road on the CTUIR outside of Pendleton, Oregon. She is now safe at the pound. Please share to help her get home. Call Kendyl 541-429-7931 if you know this dog. ... 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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