P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center (formerly the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League) was founded to provide a safe, comforting place for animals that are looking for loving, permanent homes. We are a private, non-profit animal welfare organization that provides care and love to all cats and dogs. P.A.W.S. was founded in 1974 by a group of animal lovers in midcoast Maine to address the need for a shelter to help lost, abandoned, neglected or homeless pets. With broad support from members of the surrounding communities, the shelter has become a warm, safe, loving haven for companion animals, giving them another chance to find a permanent home. Our shelter is located at 123 John Street, Camden, Maine 04843.
Cat Adoptions: Cat adoptions are straightforward and processed as quickly as possible, and in most cases while you wait. Cats can be adopted the same day the application is approved and all medical records will be given to you at that time. We encourage you spend some time visiting with multiple cats and chatting with our helpful staff and volunteers. Our priority is finding a great match for your household. Wilkalas-Balch Senior to Senior Program: Thanks to the generous support of Shirley Balch and the Wilkalas Trust the adoption fee is reduced for anyone over 65 years old when adopting a dog 10 years and older and a cat 14 years and older. Dog Adoptions: Adopting a dog can take several days to complete. We often take multiple applications on dogs, and when that happens we work very closely with the families and their veterinarians to determine which home will be the best fit for the dog. Our knowledgeable staff is always ready to help you decide which of our animals will be a perfect fit for your family. If you rent your home we will contact your landlord to confirm that dogs are allowable. If you have any other animals currently living in your home we will also contact your veterinarian to ensure they are all up to date on their vaccinations. You will be asked for two personal references who we will call just to establish pet owner history. Dogs have a three (3) day fostering period to make sure the animal fits into the family and your lifestyle. The dog can be returned anytime within the three (3) days if it isn't going to work for you. At the end of the three (3) day period you will return to the shelter to complete the adoption paperwork and get copies of your new pet's medical records. We encourage all family members to stop by and meet the new pet before they go home, and if you have another dog or two at home you are welcome to bring them to the shelter to meet the potential new addition as well.