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Adopting A Friend

Adoption Process

Thanks for your interest in providing a PAWS dog with a safe and loving home.

Here’s how our adoption process works.

1. Find a dog

Check out our list of currently available dogs. The list is updated regularly, so if you don’t find the perfect match today, check back soon!

2. Submit an Adoption Form

When you find a dog you like, submit an Adoption Form on our website - www.pawsnewengland.com

Your form gets routed to one of our adoption coordinators, who will contact you to discuss your decision to adopt.

(We are staffed entirely by volunteers, and sometimes it can take us a few days to contact you. Sorry in advance!)

Unfortunately, you may not be the only one interested in adopting a particular dog. If you don’t get your first choice, don’t worry! PAWS has plenty of great dogs in need of loving homes.

3. Bringing your new dog home

After you’ve been accepted, your dog’s foster parent will coordinate with you to get your new pack member home.

Sometimes our dogs are still being fostered with one of our volunteers in South. We partner with a few wonderful pet transportation services. Click here to learn more.

PAWS requires a mandatory donation for all of our adoptions.

This helps offset the cost of rescue and rehabilitation, and allows us to save more lives.


Who We Are


In 2005, the three co-founders of Paws New England began their journey together…


It all started when Traci Wood went to the Tipton County Animal Shelter looking for a friend’s lost dog. She left the shelter a changed person with a new mission: to draw attention to the many dogs that were housed at the shelter and would never leave.


Because of over-crowding, 85-percent of the dogs at the shelter were euthanized. Owner-surrender dogs were sometimes euthanized the day they entered the shelter.

Under the name Tipton’s Treasure, Traci would take a one dog a time, bring him or her to a vet, and advertise in New England for adopters.


From Tipton Treasures to PAWS New England


In the summer of 2005, Dr. Kelly Parker noticed Traci’s adoption listings from her home in Massachussetts, and wanted to help. Totally unaware of the over-population and euthanization challenges that animals in our southern states face, she jumped right in working with Traci to help more dogs get out of the Tipton shelter. She fostered dogs herself, assisted with transports, and more.


Later that year, their paths crossed with Joanne Hutchinson, also from Massachussetts. Joanne was at a transport while working with another rescue. One of Traci’s dogs, Daisy, had been abandoned by the person who was supposed to pick her up and was going to have to return to Tennessee. Joanne took Daisy home and she was the first “official” dog adopted out by Tipton Treasures. In 2008, the name was officially changed from Tipton Treasures to PAWS New England when our non-profit status was approved. Away we went! Traci has since left the group to pursue a normal life. The rest is history—a history that has taught us that three women can start something that will make a difference by just taking those first steps.


PAWS Today


As of 2016, PAWS New England has over 100 volunteers, all unpaid, donating their time for one reason only: the love of the dogs in our program and those dogs we have yet to meet. We’ve grown in so many ways. We now have many veterinary partners that work with our dogs and share our passion. They offer us veterinary care at reduced costs, as much as they can. The number of transportation companies we can utilize has grown immensely as well which allows us to bring up more dogs than ever before.


Our foster network—essential to our life-saving work—continues to grow. The importance of foster families cannot be understated. They are vital lifelines for the dogs that come through our program. Most importantly, after Initially working solely with the Tipton County Animal Shelter, we have in the last few years begun working with several groups in Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and Louisiana. When we can, we assist with the local surrender of dogs when no other options are presented to an owner or their family, but this is not the Mission of Paws New England.


Our Mission remains to rescue dogs who would otherwise be euthanized in our southern states. We greatly value the relationships we have with our southern sister rescues and shelters that, together with PAWS and many other rescue groups in New England, are making a difference. The movement of our southern partners to help the dogs in their area has grown exponentially over the last ten years as well.


More and more of the people in those regions are working extremely hard in their own communities to start spay and neuter programs which can drastically reduce the influx of dogs/cats into the shelters to begin with and are reaching out to adoption partners to get their shelter dogs moved, not euthanized.

This growth is undoubtedly going to continue until hopefully, one day, the statistics show we are all winning the fight.?


Euthanasia, often of healthy unwanted dogs, is the still number one cause of death in dogs under the age of two years.?Until that statement is no longer true, PAWS New England will continue on the mission we first started with – getting loving, deserving adoptable dogs into the homes of loving, deserving families who want them.

Come Visit Us

As a foster based program all of our adoptable dogs are located in foster homes throughout New England after arriving from our southern partners. We encourage all potential adopters to complete the adoption application. This does not obligate you to adopting, but just lets us know you're interested. Once an adoption application is received a PAWS foster family will reach out to discuss and setup a meet & greet, when possible. 

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