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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.

We have MORE kitties who need a ride to Portland! So many, in fact, that we need a FEW trips made! We have one group of kitties who need a ride on Friday or Saturday so that they can be adopted at Petco and then another group who need a ride Monday to one of our rescue partners.PLEASE HELP! Tag any friends you know who travel to Portland frequently <3 Text Cindy at 541-429-5666 if you can help! ... See MoreSee Less
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We have so many amazing kitties just waiting for the right person to "find" them 💗 Is it you? Come meet the kitties! Tuesday through Saturday from 12-4 p.m. We would also love to have volunteers to help socialize our shy kitties. #cats #kittens #adoptdontshop #animalrescue #calico #worldsprettiestcat ... See MoreSee Less
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We are having an AMAZING day for adoptions! Congratulations to Rooster and Bella! We are so happy for both of these sweet dogs! Every shelter pet has a story, and we are so privileged to see pets be adopted into loving fur-ever homes! Rooster was found as a stray at a gas station, and Bella was surrendered to us when her owner needed to go into assisted living. We're not crying; you're crying 😭 Happy tears for everyone! Whew. Deep breaths. Now, let's get everyone else adopted, too! 💗🐾 #dogs #adoptdontshop #animalrescue ... See MoreSee Less
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It's #NationalLoveYourPetDay , so show us your beloved pets! Be sure to let us know if they came from PAWS or another shelter or rescue! Let's spread some love and happiness today! <3 ... See MoreSee Less
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Can we share an adoption picture and a reminder that one puppy from the litter is left behind in one post? Yes! We contain multitudes! (No disrespect meant to Walt Whitman.)So, HAPPY ADOPTION DAY to Cash! This sweet pup is going to be so happy with his new family!And -- let's find his brother Inzo a home! It's no fun being left behind. Please share and tag a friend who needs a friend! Let's get every pet into a loving home! #dogs #puppies #adoptdontshop #waltwhitman #poetry ... 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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