The primary reason for an animal shelter, and its efforts, is to reduce the homeless pet population and to prevent cruelty to animals. The members of Paws of Plainville, Inc., have experienced first hand the need for an animal shelter in this area during the many years that this nonprofit organization has been in operation. The group also understands the legal and financial implications for municipalities with regards to building and operating such a facility. Therefore, Paws of Plainville, Inc. sponsored the creation of a new, independent nonprofit entity to be known as the Paws of Plainville Animal Shelter, Inc. The goal of this new organization is to build, operate and maintain a regional animal shelter to serve the needs of homeless domestic pets in the immediate area, giving emphasis to the host towns. The initial host towns are anticipated to be Plainville, Wrentham and Foxboro, MA. At present, these three towns do not have such a facility.
The current temporary shelter was built completely with donated funds and materials. Volunteers operate the shelter. Host towns pay a small annual negotiated fee (a portion of their allocated animal control budgets) for the shelter to take in its stray pets. The rest of the operational costs are supported through donations, grants, fundraising, and adoption/surrender fees.
Yes, it is that simple. Our model was the Medfield Animal Shelter that was built completely with donated funds, material and labor several years ago and is a proven success. It has been beneficial is so many ways to both the pets and the residents alike. For example, it provides education on pet ownership; it offers a low cost spay/neuter clinic; it provides a place for seniors to gain self-worth and exercise; and of course, it provides a safe haven for lost and stray pets. The shelter also takes in pets that are surrendered, with preference given to residents of the host towns that pay the annual fee. (Currently there is no place for our area residents to bring pets they may have to surrender for various reasons, such as death of the owner, economic hardship, etc.) Finally, the shelter provides one resource for residents to find or record a lost pet. It even has enhanced the job of the animal control officer with a support staff of volunteers to care and adopt out animals. These are just a few examples of the many invaluable resources and services that an animal shelter can offer to its surrounding community.
The critical factor in bringing success to this project is that the community (both the businesses and residents alike) must support it. It is a community project in every way: one that is built by the community, maintained by the community, used by the community and truly an asset that the community can be proud to have as part of its infrastructure.
Please join us in this mission.