Patuxent Animal Welfare Society, Inc.
Phone: 410-326-1616     Email:     Website:

Mission Statement

PAWS is a 501(c)(3) charity that was founded in 1996 for the purpose of humane education, pet rescue, and adoption of healthy, social pets to suitable families. We have fulfilled our goals by rescue of dogs and cats that were strays, owner given up and from shelters. We vet these pets completely, including testing, altering, shots, and micro-chipping. Through showings at PetSmart, Petco, and, we find them forever homes. We bring educational programs to schools and communities, stressing the importance of spay and neuter. All of our work is done using foster homes and volunteers.

There are plenty of pets to choose from in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, and Prince George's Counties.
Ready to find your pet? Yes, show me the pets!

Calendar Of Adoption Events
  • Adoptions take place twice a month on Saturdays during designated adoption hours, or come during store hours to see the resident cats.
    Prince Frederick Petco - Adoption Hours: 10am - 3pm
    Store Hours: Mon-Fri & Sun 9am-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm
    940 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

    California Maryland Petco - Adoption Hours: 10:30am - 3pm
    Store Hours: Mon-Fri & Sun 9am-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm
    45205 Worth Avenue, California, MD 20619

  • Adoptions for cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies take place on Sundays during designated adoption hours, or come during store hours to see the resident cats.
    Annapolis Petco - Adoption Hours: 12pm - 3pm
    Store Hours: Mon-Fri & Sun 9am-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm
    2319-D Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401

  • Please call for information about dog adoptions:
    Dunkirk PetSmart
    Store Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm
    10400 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk, MD 20754

Adoptions of resident cats at Petco's in Prince Frederick, Annapolis, and La Plata also available by appointment

Our Partners

Calvert Well Pet Clinic
2240 Solomon's Island Rd, Huntingtown, MD

PAWS owns and operates the Calvert Well Pet Clinic for public pets and rescue group's pets. It is a licensed and inspected hospital, not a full-service vet. Our low prices for spay/neuter and wellness make these services very popular. To schedule an appointment, call 443-295-7873.
  • Spot Thrift Shop - This thrift shop has a grant program for spay/neuter of cats and female dogs - 100% of the profits go to animals. Help support their efforts. Located on Rt. 765 in St. Leonard (up the street from Chesapeake Market Place).

  • Pepper's Pet Pantry - Dog and cat food, accessories, and more! Locations in Calvert and St Mary's counties.

  • Tri-County Animal Shelter
    6707 Animal Shelter Road Hughesville, MD

    Come by the shelter Monday-Friday 12-5 or Saturday 10-3 to adopt a cat, dog, or other kind of pet!
    Please call 1-800-903-1992 for the latest scheduled rabies clinics.

How to Get Involved
  • Ways to Volunteer:
    Become a foster pet parent - PAWS uses a foster home network, where cats and dogs live in real homes and are trained to be good pets.

    Help out at Petco - Keep the habitats clean, care for the resident cats, and even help with adoption days on weekends.

    Volunteer at Calvert Well Pet Clinic - There's plenty to do - please call the Clinic at 443-295-7873 to see how you can help.

  • Donations: PAWS is part of the Combined Federal Campaign (National Capital Area, Chesapeake Bay Area, St. Mary's, and Western Maryland)

    Please choose # 38826 on your pledge card. Or you can mail a check directly to:
    Patuxent Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (PAWS)
    937 Tidewater Grove Court, Annapolis 21401

    Or make a donation on the web at

  • Recycle 4 Charity Mail in your used inkjet printer cartridges and old cell phones to benefit PAWS. Email with your address or call 410-326-1616 to have postpaid boxes sent to you. Just 18 used cartridges will pay to spay a cat!

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