PAWS, Now 

Promoting Animal Welfare in the South


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Join Us

Whether you are a lifetime advocate or new to our cause, we invite you to join us. We welcome new ideas and value enthusiasm from volunteers, new and old. Join us on Facebook at

What do you get out of volunteering?

  • Knowing you are helping the animals of our community
  • The satisfaction of being part of a worthy cause
  • Through fostering knowing you made a difference in that animals life
  • Not only helping the animals of the present but by implementing new policies and procedures you have helped the animals of the future in our community
  • The look of joy on both the animal and the peoples faces that you are helping
  • A free tee for volunteering at events
  • Fun filled days of joy and four legged frivolity!

PO Box 31, Belfast, TN 37019   | (931) 246-0916

About Us

We are a Non Profit Animal Welfare group based out of Lewisburg TN and dedicated to promoting animal welfare in our area and the surrounding south.

Our Mission: 

To Promote Animal Welfare in our Community and Throughout the South through Education and Animal Assistance Programs

Our Goals:

-To improve the lives of animals in our community by serving as advocates for animals and their people

-To promote responsible pet ownership

-To work to end animal overpopulation in our community

-To assist in finding homeless pets in our community a humane environment in which to spend the rest of their lives

-To qualify for Grants to assist our local government in the efforts of animal control and animal care in our community

-To one day have a No Kill Dog and Cat Shelter facility established in our county as well as programs in place to assist surrounding animal welfare situations

Our Work

Our group was originally formed as Lewisburg Animal Shelter Adoptions to address the situation at our local pound, but has evolved into so much more. Currently we are working to raise funds to renovate our existing shelter.  Right now it consists of a gang cage and the rest of the shelter is not enclosed from the elements.  Our goal is to enclose the back of the shelter and build a permanent series of smaller runs on either side of the area. This would result in fewer dog deaths due to gang killing and contamination from sick dogs. We were able to acquire a couple of metal puppy banks that have helped keep pups isolated from the larger dogs, and establish a series of outdoor metal kennels which are under cover to move the dogs to when the staff is cleaning to keep them dry from the kennel sprayings.  If you can help us reach our lofty goal to furnish the shelter with two heating and cooling units, labor to install, and the labor for the renovation construction, it will mean a lot to us and the dogs of the Lewisburg Animal Shelter!!

What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

From the HSUS website

It can happen to the best of us. You see a cute, tiger-striped kitten with white paws and green eyes just begging for attention. Or maybe it's a gorgeous Labrador mix whose tails seems to be wagging just for you. You take one look, and the next thing you know, you're walking down the pet food aisle at the supermarket.

If you're like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work.

Adopting a pet, though, is a big decision. Dogs and cats require lots of time, money, and commitment—over 15 years' worth in many cases. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion.

Things to Consider

The fact that you're thinking about adopting from an animal shelter means you're a responsible and caring person. But before you make that decision to bring a furry friend into your life, take a moment to think over these questions:

·         Why do you want a pet? It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it's "the thing to do" or because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Don't forget that pets may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.

·         Do you have time for a pet? Dogs, cats, and other animal companions cannot be ignored just because you're tired or busy. They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them.

·         Can you afford a pet? The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.

·         Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause? Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren't yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.

·         Can you have a pet where you live? Many rental communities don't allow pets, and most of the rest have restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.

·         Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you're a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise.

·         Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Animal size is not the only variable to think about here. For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active—they require a great deal of exercise to be calm, and they often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are laid back and quite content to lie on a couch all day. Before adopting a pet, do some research. That way, you'll ensure you choose an animal who will fit into your lifestyle and your living arrangements.

·         Do you know who will care for your pet while you're away on vacation? You'll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.

·         Will you be a responsible pet owner? Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.

·         Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for his or her entire lifetime? When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime.

Get an Animal for Life

Sure, it's a long list of questions. But a quick stroll through an animal shelter will help you understand why answering them before you adopt is so important.

Many of the shelter's homeless animals are puppies and kittens, victims of irresponsible people who allowed their pets to breed. But there are at least as many dogs and cats at the shelter who are more than a year old—animals who were obtained by people who didn't think through the responsibilities of pet ownership before they got the animal. Please, don't make the same mistake. Think before you adopt. Sharing your life with a companion animal can bring incredible rewards, but only if you're willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love—for the life of the pet. 

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