About Us



We moved into our new shetler July of 1014.

DCAWS was founded in 1990.





Adopting A Friend

We have many beautiful pets to choose from, both dogs and cats.  Most of these are featured on PetFinder. 

All DCAWS pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, wormed and microchipped prior to adoption. 

Adoption fees are variable, depending on many factors, as low as $60 on dogs that have been there a while and $40 for cats with same situation, more for those recently in and extra for cats combo tested, but  very rarely are fees over $200.  Special rates are generally given to those adopting more than one pet.  The miltary also get discounts if they let us know.  Base adoption for dogs is $200, puppies six months and under $250, cats $125 or two for $150.  There are some variations on a case by case basis if there are special needs.


Who We Are

We are a small shelter serving a rural area.  We do have a wide base of support and many volunteers in the St. Louis area.  We are a no-kill shelter (euthanasia limited to the vicious or terminally illl), with an annual rate of .04%. 

We are almost always overly full..  We try very hard, working endlessly at trying to place pets in good homes.   We have a shoestring budget and are pretty much a no-frills operation, but we do have heart and the pets with us are loved and well cared for until time of placement.  Please don't be unhappy for those at the shelter a long time because, for many of them, this is the best they have ever had it:  Food, water, protection from the elements, veterinary care and people who treat them kindly.

Come Visit Us

We are located in Salem, Missouri, 5358 S. Hwy 19 (please do not use GPS directions; they don't send you the right place)   Adoption hours are 1-5 p.m. seven days a week.  Please call (573)308-6365 if special arrangements are needed.

For those closer to St. Louis, we visit the PetSmart in Brentwood an average of 3 Saturdays per month (and also have many pets in foster care in St. Louis plus several cats always on display in the cat room).  Please let us know if you see a particular pet you'd like to have brought up.

Contact Dent County Animal Welfare Society


Available Animals

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