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feature   The Virginia Partnership for Animal Welfare and Support (VA PAWS) was formed in 1998 and serves the New River Valley including the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and the city of Radford. VA PAWS believes the problems faced by many companion animals in today’s world – overpopulation, neglect, abandonment, abuse and euthanasia – can only be permanently resolved by addressing their causes. Most of the suffering can be traced back to irresponsible breeding, irresponsible ownership and inadequate animal welfare legislation and enforcement. VA PAWS seeks to ease this suffering and work towards its elimination through five goals:
  1. Education, Public Outreach, and Spay/Neuter Services
  2. Support and Encouragement of Other Groups
  3. Promotion of Policies and Efforts Incorporating Animals into Daily Life
  4. Improvement of Animal Legislation at Local and State Levels
  5. Rescue, Placement, and Referral



What's Happening
Senate Bill 1001 PASSED!
Signed into law...Prohibits irresponsible and unscrupulous breeders from selling dogs and cats in public venues such as street corners, highways, alleys and parking lots! This bill will also help fight the cruelty of puppy and kitten mills by prohibiting pet stores from selling dogs and cats obtained from commercial breeders who have received citations for serious or repeat violations of the Animal Welfare Act!!! ... Read More
4/10/2015


PetEX 2015
SW Virginia's Largest Pet Event on May 16, 2015 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke. 10x10 Vendor spaces available to Animal Shelters, Sanctuaries, Clubs and Rescue Organizations for $100; $200 for Pet Sitters, Crafters, Groomers; $300 for Retailers, Vets, Kennels. ... Read More
4/1/2015


Wags For Waffles
4TH annual WAGS FOR WAFFLES fundraiser at the Hampton Inn, 380 Arbor Drive, Christiansburg, Va. Sponsored by FACC, Mtn. View Humane and the Humane Society of Montgomery Co. June 13, 2015 ... Read More
4/1/2015


FIRST ANNUAL PET JAM
at the Holiday Inn in Christiansburg on April 25 at 5 PM. Fundraising efforts are to raise money to support adoption events in hopes of finding forever homes for our community of abandoned pets. In addition, funds will be used for rabies vaccines, vet care, and current shelter clean-up while plans for a new animal shelter are being finalized. Tickets $20. ... Read More
4/1/2015


FREE FERAL SPAY NEUTEER
Mountain View Humane is offering free s/n and rabies shot for feral cats during the month of April!!! Call 1-855-HIP-SNIP for appointment or visit www.MountainViewHumane.org for more info. ... Read More
4/1/2015


Pet Behavior Column New to Roanoke Times
Dr. Maxwell's new column addressing pet behavior will appear in the Extra section of the Roanoke Times on the 1st Tuesday of each month. As Va's only certified applied animal behaviorist, she will address questions,as submitted by readers, about pet behavior. Through useful and accurate information the column will be of help to both pet owners and pet professionals in their interactions with the mystifying mutts and capricious cats we all dearly love! Submit your questions to MeganMaxwell@petbehaviorchange.com ... Read More
2/20/2015


FERAL CAT TARGETED TNRM
Our Targeted Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage program began several weeks ago. VAPAWS is focusing on one targeted area at a time, as resources and finances allow. All cats are s/n, given vaccinations, tested for disease, treated for parasites then released to the same area after a full week of monitored care. Food, water and shelter provided year round by caring, local residents. To date, VAPAWS has trapped six feral cats. Four cats have been treated and re-released. The fifth regretfully escaped from our grasp. The sixth, a female in heat, tested positive for FIV. A fortunate turn of events allowed... Read More
11/14/2014


NEW LIST SERVE ACTIVE!!!
VAPAWSCommunityForum@yahoogroups.com is now our official contact center ... Read More
10/10/2014


Therapy Dogs Make the Rounds
Stella and Rainbow Sky,... Read More
8/14/2014


Website Under Construction
Our apologies but our donation button seems to be on the fritz! Please mail donations to VAPAWS at P O Box 172, Christiansburg, Va 24068.... Read More
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