Precious Paws Animal Rescue

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Due to an increased number of insufficient funds checks, Precious Paws no longer accepts checks for adoption fees.

Who We Are

We are a not-for-profit animal foster/rescue organization located in Franklin, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2001, Precious Paws is dedicated to educating the public about proper pet care, operating a feral cat colony, and placing adoptable animals in forever homes. Our pet selection changes frequently and we maintain a list of available dogs from owners looking to rehome their pets as well as network with other rescues. If you are interested in a purebred pet, please contact us first - we offer free referral to breed rescue programs in the area. Together, we can help you find the right pet for your family. Please do not purchase pets from a pet store or a breeder without first taking a moment to do some research (backyard breeders can be just as bad as puppy mills). We always need foster homes and volunteers for a variety of activities: grant writing, feral cat trapping, adoption counseling, post adoption follow-up, etc.

Due to space limitations, we are limited in the number of dogs and cats we can take into our program at one time. Our animals are kept in foster homes and we do not have public hours for the public. Precious Paws recognizes that sometimes people must rehome their pets. If you can work with us, we offer an OWNER REFERRAL service to match individuals seeking to re-home their pets with new owners until a foster home can be found.

Adopting a friend

If you are interested in adopting an animal or volunteering/learning more about Precious Paws, please contact us at the email address below for more information or to receive a copy of our adoption application. Our adoption fee is $200 for dogs and $80 for cats.

We believe in quality homes for our pets over quantity of adoptions and we work very hard to ensure a perfect match for our animals. Precious Paws Animal Rescue operates on a full disclosure on our pets history and we will never try to encourage you to take an animal that is not right for you. Because we take pride in our low return rate and high success rate of permanent matches, our adoption criteria is very specific. Adopters must complete an adoption application process which includes veterinary and reference checks and a home visit as well as pay an adoption fee (we charge actual veterinary fees incurred for the pet and provide receipts for all services rendered). All of our animals are neutered before adoption, given basic viral vaccinations, dewormed, and tested for infectious diseases (FeLK, FIP in cats).

Adopters will be asked to provide verifiable veterinary and personal references. All other animals in the adopter's homes (present and all animals owned in the past 5 years) must be current on vaccinations, altered, and on heartworm preventative (dogs). We require a fenced yard for most dogs (especially puppies and large breed dogs with high exercise requirements) and all cats are adopted to indoor homes only. Because of the growth rate of large breed dogs and the frailty of kittens and puppies, we are hesitant to adopt kittens and puppies to homes with children under the age of 5 years of age. Adoption decisions are based on veterinary references, home environment, foster home recommendation, and adoption counselor evaluation.

Due to the difficulty of performing home inspections and transporting, it is not possible for us to adopt animals out of our area - we operate on a 100 mile radius from Franklin, Pennsylvania (Venango County), except in special instances as noted on the individual animal. In some instances, when we can arrange a home visit by another organization, we will consider a farther radius if we can find another rescue to perform a home visit in your area.

We do not euthanize animals unless the animal is very ill or dangerous to others and, if euthanasia is required, we use sodium phenobarbital injections. We, along with the American Humane Association and HSUS, are opposed to gas chamber euthanasia. Feral Cats: Feral cats are the forgotten population; often throw away kittens or cats that are simply left behind to fend for themselves when owners move away. Eventually they become wild, and opportunistic, surviving on the kindness of strangers who feed them, or dumpsters near restaurants. Some become hunters of birds and small mammals. Lives of feral cats are not happy ones - the average lifespan of a feral cat is 2 years. They often die of starvation, disease, or accident. Those who survive inbreed and the populations grow so large that eventually food sources become an issue. We believe the best thing you can do for a feral cat is to Trap, Neuter, and Release it (TNR). Ferals do not make good pets, but need to be fixed so they cannot reproduce. If you have a feral cat problem, please contact us and talk with us about trapping, testing (if positive for feline leukemia or FIV, the cats are humanely euthanized), neutering and release. We work with several groups that offer low cost services for ferals. We do not have a public shelter facility; we are open only by appointment. Animals seen on our website are in foster homes or still in the home of their owner seeking to place them (owner referral animals are not owned by Precious Paws). If you would like to learn more about one of the animals available for adoption, please contact us to arrange a visit at your home or the foster home. You must have an approved adoption application on file in order to meet the animals - we do not want to waste your time or ours so pre-qualification is required.

Special Donations

If you would like to make a donation to our organization for care of our pets (we have no paid staff and all donations go directly toward the care of our rescues), please send them to PO Box 784, Franklin, PA 16323.
Click here to download information for our Wags On Wheels animal assisted therapy program.
Precious Paws Animal Rescue
PO Box 784
Franklin , PA 16323
Phone: 814-671-9827

Donate a BedWe have chosen Kuranda dog beds for our boarding facilities because they are so good for our dogs. We still don't have enough for all of our kennels. If you would like to donate a bed so another dog can sleep in proper comfort, please click here.

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