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Protecting Animal Welfare Society

The Protecting Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the well-being and humane treatment of animals in the Jacksonville, Illinois area. Established in 1985, PAWS has been a steadfast advocate for animal rights and welfare in the local community for over 35 years.

The organization’s headquarters is located at 400 W Walnut St, Jacksonville, IL 62650, and can be reached at (217) 243-7297. PAWS operates an animal shelter and adoption center, providing temporary housing, care, and placement services for stray, abandoned, or surrendered pets in the region. Through their shelter operations and outreach programs, PAWS works tirelessly to find loving forever homes for hundreds of dogs, cats, and other companion animals each year.

In addition to its sheltering work, PAWS also focuses on a range of other animal welfare initiatives. The organization runs low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent overpopulation. PAWS also educates the public on animal cruelty prevention, encouraging compassion and dispelling myths or misconceptions about the humane treatment of animals.

Local community engagement is a core part of PAWS’ mission. The organization partners with schools, businesses, and other local groups to spread awareness about animal welfare issues and coordinate volunteer opportunities. PAWS regularly hosts adoption events, fundraisers, and other public programs to connect people in the Jacksonville area with adoptable pets and the organization’s cause.

Funding for PAWS’ vital work comes from a combination of individual donations, corporate sponsorships, grants, and revenue generated through its adoption services and thrift store. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, all donations to PAWS are tax-deductible, helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization’s animal welfare initiatives.