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.

UPDATE: We have reports of Alice being near RocketMart, and we are sending her owners there. If you see her, she is a FRIENDLY older dog and mostly deaf. PLEASE keep her contained until her owners can get her and text them at 541-975-3486. Thank you <3--Alice is missing from the North Hill of Pendleton near Lincoln Elementary School. She is wearing a harness but no tags. She's very old and sweet and doesn't know Pendleton yet. She's fairly deaf but can see well. This is a new town for her, and she doesn't know it at all. She is very friendly and probably confused and looking for her home since she just moved here. Please contact her owners at 541-975-3486 if you have seen her or have her. Please share to help her get home <3 ... See MoreSee Less
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UPDATE: Some very nice PAWS supporters are donating one to us! We just need to send them the dimensions of what we need. Thank you SO MUCH! <3 --PAWS Supporters, our trusty, little cart that we use for hauling HUNDREDS of pounds of dog food and kitty litter has seen better days. It basically fell apart today. Does anyone have one they could donate to us or a recommendation for one that isn't too pricey? Thank you so much! ... See MoreSee Less
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Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter (PAWS) / Pioneer Humane Society
(1) Who has the bluest eyes? Banjo! No contest! (2) Who sneaks in kisses? Also Banjo. Love him! Please adopt this sweet boy! He's sure to amuse you with his love of toys and his goofy antics 💗#dogs #adoptdontshop ... See MoreSee Less
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Do you know this dog? He was found on Sunquist Road in Milton-Freewater. Once again, we are afraid that this sweet boy was dumped, but maybe he has a family looking for him. Please share to see if he has an owner.We are getting constant reports of dumped animals right now. 2.7 million pets nationwide missed spay/neuter appointments during COVID, so literally millions of extra animals were born. This is a nationwide crisis, so please help however you can -- adopt, foster, donate, share posts. Anything you can do helps 💔 ... See MoreSee Less
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UPDATE: This dog made his way to the home of nice people who are taking care of him. We are still legally obligated to see if he has an owner, and we are making arrangements with them to check him for a microchip as soon as possible. --Do you know this dog? It is on Shaw Road behind the McKay Dam between Pilot Rock and Pendleton, Oregon. We hope that this dog has an owner and is lost. However, many dogs are being dumped out in the country. If you see this dog, please contact us with sightings so that we can get it help. Please share to help this dog get home. We really hope this dog has an owner looking for him/her. ... 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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