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This kitten adventure was a nightmare but with a wonderful ending thanks to the gentle solutions provided by this wonderful shelter. Moral of this story: if you think you hear kittens in your walls you probably HAVE kittens in your walls. Don't ask how they got there, just get them out; and -- yes-- get them ALL out!! SW Portland folks.
01/04/11Provided by Citysearch
Actually the owner of PAWS cares for the cats because what you don't see is the medication in the back room or the hours she spends on caring for them so before you knock someone from doing a job that they love and has been very helpful for the four legged animal you might want to step back and really take a good long look. Don't judge the book by its cover, Read it first and you may just end up knowing something you didn't know. I would love to see all the people that bad mouth this little shop do what they do there, but they can't they would get tired fast from it. The reason why the cats cost some money is because they make sure the people that are getting the cat really wants the cat so why not pay the price for something you really want. Cats want food and it cost. Cats need a bathroom only they use litter not toilet paper. All the money that cat shelter gets in goes for all the cats. So why would you not want the cats to have the things they need the most to survive? Would you go with out shelter, food or even a bathroom? The answer is NO! I give the people that work at PAWS a thumps up because I know I could not do it.
01/20/10Provided by Citysearch
the cats are SICK. you can just look at them and tell and with cats, illness is highly contagious so since they dont seperate the horribly sick ones, its very likely that they all are sick. they dont spay and neuter before they adopt them out to you. and they charge $110 for a kitten that has NOT been altered and has clearly NOT had needed medical attention. i walked in there with the intent to take one home that day and walked right back out when i saw the condition of the center AND the condition of the cats. someone needs to report this place, it is SO sad.
10/24/08Provided by Citysearch
While the young kittens might tempt you to enter and maybe adopt one: BUYER BEWARE.
We adopted a young kitten from Paws that turned out had both cat leukemia and ring worm. So, not only did we have to put down a new pet, we exposed our other pet cat to both these infectious diseases. When asked where we adopted the pet from the staff at the vets office shook their heads and shared with us that they have seen this same sad story play out dozens of times. The vet who treated our kitten was furious with the ignorance of the owner of Paws. Apparently the veterinary community has confronted the owner in the past on the lack of proper vaccination, leukemia screening and poor health conditions of the Paws facility to no avail. With ringworm, customers themselves can contract the fungus easily from simply walking into their unclean store front and petting the cats or kittens.
We will never return and strongly recommend avoiding Paws Animal Shelter.
07/18/08Provided by Citysearch
PAWS is as great shelter. All the kittens are ""hand raised"" from less than three weeks old (the shelter takes in orphans who no longer have a mother to nurse them, so they come to think that humans are mom and dad). The older cats in the shelter are also easy to choose from; since they are not caged the director and staff know their personalities and can help you find someone who is perfect for your family. The entire place is run on volunteerism and donations from the community. PAWS is absolutely no-kill and extra love!
This is a pure hearted human making a difference for abandoned and rescued cats. If you have extra time the help is needed, if you have extra money the money will be appreciated!! A sincerely good person making a change for making things better, what we should all hope to aspire to!!
03/07/08Provided by Citysearch
My mother recently adopted a pair of kitties from Paws. Of course, after adopting them, and paying the full fee for adoption, mom brought them to the vet. She was aware the kitties were recovering from a respiratory infection at the time, but the vet also told her that it's common with cats from Paws to have respiratory, intestinal, and fungal infestations, and it turns out that her kitties have all three! A week and a half after the kitties came home, the kitties have erupted with ringworm, have exposed the entire family including my two children to it, and my two healthy adult cats in turn. Lots of vet visits, expensive medication, a month of dips and expensive oral medication, quarantining the kittens during treatment, steam cleaning all soft surfaces and bleaching all hard surfaces is what she has to look forward to in the next month. UGH! If these people are charing full price adoption fees they have a obligation to do what it takes to eradicate these infestations and infections from their population and offer some kind of minimum health guarantee of their kittens. I can never ever ever recommend this place after seeing what my mom has gone through in just the first two weeks following her adoption.
12/11/07Provided by Citysearch
I was pretty disappointed with this shelter. The kitty I adopted was supposedly healthy as her records state, but as soon as we brought her home, we noticed her sneezing and lots of fluid in the eyes. When I took her for her first exam, discovered she never had her rabies shot or feline HIV testing (a MUST for shelter cats as they can easily contract in such small quarters, another $175 at the vet) this was partially my fault for simply assuming as every other shelter I have adopted cats from had these simple procedures done. The vet was astonished about this. The kitty also spread a respiratory infection she had at the shelter weeks ago and supposedly healed from, to my other cat, which cost me another $200 in vet bills. Oh, and she had many fleas when we first brought her home but a bath took care of that.
All in all we love our kitty but this shelter needs to fork out the money and effort to have these cats taken care of properly with initial shots and testing to protect the other cats. Or prepare to spend a shiny penny on vet bills.
The owner of this small shelter is very sweet and truly loves the cats in her care. It is shown in the way that they are all well cared for and handled. The kitties are all free roaming and in a cage less environment, except for the kitties that need a break from the group or who are new and need time to adjust to the shelter environment. I found it to be clean and inviting, even though tiny in size.It is much easier to find a wonderful companion at this shelter, as you can just sit back with a cup of tea (which was offered to me by the owner) and watch the cat in a healthy environment where it feels comfortable playing just like on everyday that it is in the shelter. I find that to be way more helpful then a shelter where the cat is in a cage and taken out for a "viewing". It is easy to see what the cat's temperament is like and who knows! One might just jump up on your lap and pick YOU instead of you doing the choosing. I know mine did. :0)