A Helping Paw

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Welcome to our page! Please visit our site ahelpingpaw.org for all New Arrival PETS!



Lucy angel prays you will adopt just one more, before it is too late for that special cat or kitten.

Visit more of our pets at : facebook.com/ahelping.paw

Working with and for the community to STOP the killing!

What can we do to convince you to adopt one more? Precious cats and kittens are being destroyed everyday because there are not enough homes. Homeless pets are fighting for their lives everyday. The competition is fierce, so many are in need of homes. You look at their pictures and then pass them by. Do you every wonder what happened to that life that you viewed for a moment? It may be just a picture to you, but sitting somewhere in a shelter is a living being, who may not see tomorrow. We have many, many more kitties than listed on our site, so please email us. I am sure that you will meet your match.

UPDATE: We are now located at 9 St Margarett's St, Unit 7 , Buzzards Bay. ALL adoptions are by appointment or watch for our adoption days. to learn more come like us on Facebook at: A Helping Paw Humane Society or visit our web site at www.ahelpingpaw.org. As a private no-kill organzation, we rely on YOU to keep our vital programs running. Please consider making a donation to one of our many pets and be part of this life-saving effort.

Join us on the first Saturday of each month, 10AM-2PM for our Kitty Meet and Greet Day at the PETCO, loacted at 2421 Cranberry Highway in Wareham. Stop by to say hello and meet some of our available cats and kittens, as well as learn more about us or please call the shelter 508-291-PAWS (7297). We are also looking for meet & greet volunteers to help on Saturdays or Sundays.


Come help us GROW! It feels great knowing that the gift of your time helps save so many precious animals. Cleaners - groomers - shelter assistants, public relations - fundraising coordinator - donation can distribution - and more!

Feline Fantasy Sanctuary Saves Lives!

Currently, we have over 60 resident pets staying at our sanctuary. If you can not adopt, please consider sponsoring one of our special pets. Click here to learn more about our sanctuary: AHelpingPaw.org For only $25 per month you can sponsor a sanctuary kitty!

Trappers Needed!
There are a numerous amount of homeless cats and kittens living on our streets. With your help, we can rescue them and place them in proper homes. We need people willing to spare just a few hours a week to help us trap. Please contact us for more information.
Sponsors Needed!
We are currently in the process of trying to rescue kitties from the streets. Many are young kittens and we would like to get them before the weather gets much colder as we fear they may not survive. Estimated vet and care costs to rescue one kitty is $150. If you would like to sponsor one of these special kitties and help get them off the streets, please let us know.

Who We Are

A Helping Paw is a NO-KILL, 501 (c) (3), nonprofit organization that is completely dedicated to ending the killing of innocent pets through increased adoptions and spay/neuter. Unlike many shelters who only take in full bred or highly adoptable pets, we are a TRUE rescue shelter, which means we spend countless hours removing homeless pets from the streets and caring for those that are not 'perfect'. Many of the pets we care for would be euthanized in tradtional shelters. Our goal is not to place as many pets as we can, but to place as many as we can into great homes. Every pet we take in gets a second chance at life, and becomes part of our family forever.

Waters was locked in a basement to the point of reaching death. She weighed only 3.4 pounds. Your donations towards emergency vet care kept her alive and after 4 years she is doing purrfect!

Adison was an older boy, living with a woman who hardly cared for herself and has recently passed away. Adison was shipped to another shelter and moments from being destroyed. Safely, he made his way to us and now has found a loving home!

Please help us SAVE more pets! Donate Today! With over 100 hungry mouths to feed and care for, everyday is a struggle to keep up with bills. Become a furry friend and send your gift today! Whether your gift is $500, $100, $50 or $5, every penny counts when there is a life to be saved. We promise to make your funds work as hard for our pets as you have earned them. 100% off your donation to our medical fund goes directly to the pets, please note 'medical fund' on your donation.

Please send donations to AHP, PO Box 387, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532. New! You can now make your donation while sitting at your chair. Simply go to PayPal and click on 'send funds' to ahelpingpaw@aol.com. What could be easier?

As one of the only no-kill organizations in the area, we care for over 100 homeless pets per day. Many of these animals are rescued directly from the streets, have ongoing medical issues and/or are in need of rehabilitation prior to being placed up for adoption. It costs over $80,000 per year to keep the shelter open, with a large percentage of the money going to medical care for pets in need. Please join us and help stock our pantry with desperately needed supplies. The less we spend on supplies, the more money we will have to help yet another pet on 'death row'.

We can not save anymore lives until we find homes for all the wonderful pets we have already saved! Please adopt just one more! Adopt a friend today and save a life! Our main goal at A Helping Paw is to rescue pets who have been living difficult lives on the streets. Many of these pets face death everyday. Many times at the hands of humans, who simply do not care and all they need is a second chance. Many of these cats and kittens do not know what it means to be loved and tend to stray away from humans initially. Our volunteers put a great deal of time into rehabilitating them so they can find safe loving homes. Many socialize easily once they feel safe and secure, while others take a bit longer and there are also always the few who will remain a little shy, but each and every one deserves to live. It is crucial to get these pets into new homes ASAP!

Please won't you open your home to one of these special kitties in need - every single day you will see the difference you have made in their lives by offering them love and security. We are looking for adult homes with truly special caring people, who do not mind putting an extra effort into a relationship. Special adoption discounts apply! Please contact us for more information. The faster we can find them homes, the sooner we can save the life of another cat or kitten living on the streets.

Adoption Fees

A Helping Paw wants to be sure that our pets are going to great homes. They have been through so much, don't they deserve a safe and loving permanent home? We require a completed application, an adoption fee to help cover medical costs and a consultation with an adoption counselor. Proof of home ownership or a letter from your landlord stating you are allowed to have a pet. Applications are usually approved within 2 days. Finding the right match is crucial. Please do not be offended if we feel that the pet you are considering is not appropriate for you and or your lifestyle.

Adoption Fees: (Includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper, Fiv/Felv testing, worming, advantage)

Dogs - $250 and up. Depending on breed and age.

Cats - $69. - $99.00 ~ Kittens - $109. - $149. Full bred and declawed varies. Discounts for our 'special needs pets'.

Looking for something X-tra special?

Are you that X-tra special person who can offer just a little addtional love and care to one of our X-Tra special pets, who have either mild behavior or medical issues? These pets do not do well at our care center, so in order to get them homes ASAP, we offer discounts towards their adoption.

Important Info About Your New Kitty - READ NOW!

Often times, humans take cats for granted - forgetting how unique their systems are. Cats are prey animals. Understanding this will go a long way at understanding cats' behavior. Why does my cat insist on sleeping on the refrigerator? Why do cats naturally cover their feces? Why do cats hide illnesses? This is all related to being a prey animal. The myth that cats have nine lives seems to have mislead humans into thinking that cats are very hardy creatures. A well-adjusted, healthy cat surely can be a hardy creature, but what we need to focus on is getting the cat to that point. Most importantly, your new arrival.

Fish keepers know all too well that when adding a new fish to their tank they must slowly acclimate it or it will quickly die of 'stress'. For some reason, cat owners think they can just take a new kitty home and simply let it out of the carrier and everything will be fine and dandy. This is not a great start for any new kitty. Put yourself in the cats' 'paws' for a moment; how would you feel suddenly being dumped on a foreign land - you do not know your way around and you can not communicate with the habitants. New sites, sounds and smells can be extremely overwhelming, and most stressful to any kitty. Cats, as prey animals, must feel safe before exploring. They need a safety zone. A small area where they can adjust to the new surroundings on their terms, providing them with a sense of security. A bathroom or other small room does the trick. Allow this to be their zone for three days or more as needed.

Upper respiratory infections are a frequent result of cats who have become stressed. I can not possibly tell you how many calls we get from people stating that their new arrival has an upper respiratory infection. Though these infections can be very common is shelter cats, most often it is brought on by stress related to environmental changes. Which explains why a shelter cat can be symptom free for months at the shelter, but within a week of being rehomed, the cat gets symptoms. I have heard many,"...but the cat is not stressed! He is acting perfectly normal". Any change in a cat's environment can cause stress. Unlike dogs, their systems are extremely sensitive. The biggest mistake you can make is to not take acclimation of a new cat seriously, especially if there are other pets already living in the home. The slower you acclimate the cat to its new environment, the better the cat will adjust and the greater you will reduce the chances of the cat developing upper respiratory infections. A slow acclimation over the period of a minimum of two weeks is best. Kittens generally acclimate more quickly.

Cats surrendered to shelters do not get the benefit of a slow acclimation. It is not uncommon for a cat to come into a shelter hissing, spitting and lashing out. This behavior can last for several days to a week. Deemed unadoptable, these cats are destroyed. On average, approximately 25% of the cats A Helping Paw receives react this way upon arrival. More than 75% of the cats hide in a corner of their cage for near a week. For cats showing a great deal of stress, we will completely cover their cage to reduce environmental over stimulation. Because the cage is a small area and the cat can not see outside the cage, it can adjust more quickly, calming the cat.

The saddest situations we have to deal with are cats who have been given up as seniors who have lived their entire lives in one home. Often times these cats do extremely poorly, shutting down (not eating or drinking) for several days. Though we express our concerns to the owners of these cats, they simply do not seem to care that changing the cat's home at this stage in life could possibly kill it.

Please never underestimate the sensitivity of your cat. By nature, the cat needs to appear 'strong'. Any signs of weakness could be their death. Cats will rarely appear 'sick' until it is too late. When cats behave this way, it is your job to pay close attention to any subtle changes in behavior. Any change at all should be brought to the attention of your vet. Vets are trained to pick up on these slight changes and diagnose many health issues prior to them becoming a serious issue. It is better to treat any medical issue early on than to put it off and face the high cost of care, should the condition worsen or become too late for treatment.

Answers to Common Questions

Q: If you want to get more pets adopted, why don't you give them away free or cheap?

A: First, if you can not afford an adoption fee, how will you be able to afford even basic medical care, never mind emergency medical care. We expect our adoptive homes to make a commitment to their pets and offer the same quality care they received here at the rescue center. Second, without the funds from our adoptions, we simply would have no funds to care for other pets in need.

Q: Yeah, but don't you make money on the pets you adopt out?

A: Please consider that our average monthly expenses are over $2,000 and this does not even include rent. In addition, please consider on average each pet we take in costs us around $157.00 in medical costs. The cost would be much higher, but we have several wonderful vets who offer our pets discounted services.

Q: But I can get medical care done cheaper at my vet.

A: Please tell us where! Each pet we adopt out is spayed/neutered, wormed, treated for fleas, rabies vaccinated, received between 1-3 distemper vaccines and felv/fiv combo tested. In other words, they have had the 'works'. If you had to do this all by yourself, you would be looking at anywhere from $275.00 to $400.00 for a cat.

Q: Don't you get money from the state?

A: Don't we wish! I would have a lot more time on my hands and my teeth would not be ground down to the bone. Unlike organizations who are provided funding by town contracts or the state, we rely completely on generous pet loving donors who care enough and want to truly make a difference to help us continue the great work we do. Sometimes we are lucky if we take in $200.00 per month. Try paying bills on that!

Q: I notice that most of your cats are not caged, why is that?

A: We believe that all of our residents should enjoy a comfortable stay with us while they await new homes. Kitties kept in cages too long, go crazy and the stress reduces their immunity. We also find that a cage-free environment allows for better interaction between the pet and the prospective adoptive family. It is hard to judge a pet's personality if it is stuck in a cage. Finding the right match between pet and new family is crucial for a long lasting relationship.

Q: Do you offer a health guarantee?

A: Let me ask you, did the hospital offer your mom a health guarantee when you where born? Of course not. The only reason pet stores offer health guarantees is to encourage people to buy from them. Should you return a pet to a pet shop, chances are that pet will be destroyed. We are a 'rescue' organization, unlike many animal shelters who deal in 'prime' pets, a majority of our pets were rescued from the streets, meaning we do not have a background to go on. Each pet is vet checked prior to adoption. Should a pet have a known medical problem we will make you aware of it. Some people think that animal shelters hide medical problems just to get a pet adopted and that may ring true for an extremely rare organization who does not have their heart in it, but for 99% of shelters, lying to an adoptive home would only put the pet in jeopardy. Obviously, you do assume some risks when adopting from a shelter, versus buying from a breeder, but when you consider there are some really horrible breeders who do not breed for health or temperament, I would say that this pretty much equals things out. My mom purchased an 8 wk old German Shepherd from a breeder in NH, the dog died 1 week later from Parvo. My oldest living cat recently died at a ripe old age of 23, she was a sickly underweight stray full of worms when we got her.

Contact Us
A Helping Paw, Inc.
East Wareham, MA
508-291 - PAWS
Email: pets101z@aol.com
Website: www.ahelpingpaw.org

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