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prince william humane society programs PAWS Fund

Poor Animals Welfare and Surgical Fund

P.A.W.S Fund

Helping to save the lives of sick and injured pets


Emaciated and near death, Jack Frost was brought to the PWC Animal Shelter and they immediately called PW Humane Society for help. He was rushed to Minnieville Animal Hospital for x-rays and emergency surgery only to find the culprit was a squeaker from a dog toy lodged in his intestines. This may seem funny but for Jack Frost it was anything but! Without such quick action by Shelter personnel, he could easily have died. The Vet bills are expected to exceed $1000 and he will be recovering for the next few weeks.
Please be aware of what your pets are chewing up and make sure they don’t end up like Jack Frost.
We thank you for your support and generosity so we can continue saving pets lives.  Please Donate Today!


The Prince William Animal Shelter is a municipal shelter operating under the County’s direction, budget restrictions and constraints. As such, no funds are budgeted or available to the Shelter to assist animals presented with complex wounds or injuries that require extensive diagnostics or surgery. In the past, these poor animals would be put down if a Veterinarian could not be found to perform the needed service pro bono or turned over to a local rescue to take care of the medical problem.

Now sick and injured pets have a P.A.W.S. fund!

The Prince William Humane Society (PWHS) has established the Poor Animals Welfare & Surgical Fund (P.A.W.S.) to pay the medical bills for these pets to assure they get the care they need, the time to recover and the new forever home they deserve.

Since 2013, the Shelter has asked for a lot of help, and thanks to your donations PWHS has been able to answer their calls. We have paid more than $27,000 for medications, preventative treatments and Feline FIV/FeLV test kits just to keep the homeless pets at the Shelter healthy and ready for adoption. You also answered our cries for help when we got the calls to help 30 sick and injured dogs and cats including:

  • Dexter, the puppy who was thrown from as second floor balcony breaking his leg in 4 places.
  • Sparkle, a beautiful puppy brought in as a stray with a broken leg
  • Ruby, a stray with a fractured cheekbone
  • Romeo, who needed his leg amputated
  • Sparky, the cat with a huge tumor on her leg
  • Blu, with a prolapsed uterus

The need for this fund never ceases and thanks to your generosity we were able to pay more than $24,000 for the expensive and complicated surgeries for the 30 homeless pets. We are happy to say that all o them found forever homes and are doing wonderfully. As can be imagined, there is a constant request for help from our P.A.W.S. Fund and thanks to you, our very generous donors, we have been able to do exactly what we had hoped when we created this fund…SAVE LIVES.

PWHS can’t thank you enough and we hope you will continue to partner with us so together we can save even more lives!