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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
JAX Annual Winterfest
Join us for our fundraiser at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts (Floyd, Va)annual arts and crafts festival featuring local artists and artisans, Festival of Trees, holiday craft activities for kids and Jax Café. Many one of a kind, handcrafted items for sale at our booth.. pottery, wood crafts, quilts, etc. December 5th from 10 to 5/Dec 6th from 11 to 5.... Read More

VA PAWS enthusiastically supports efforts by those who responsibly conduct TNRM (Trap/Neuter/Return and follow-up Management)programs for feral/free-roaming cat colonies. We offer free s/n and rabies vaccines and as our finances allow, discounted parasite treatment and disease testing. Trap loans upon request. Currently VAPAWS is assisting one local colony manager with additional food and shelter. Two feral cat houses have been constructed and placed on a raised platform. This platform offers an... Read More

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

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

VAPAWSCommunityForum@yahoogroups.com is now our official contact center ... Read More

Therapy Dogs Make the Rounds
Stella and Rainbow Sky,... Read More