"Why can't you rescue the poor cat/dog?"
There are thousands of starving and injured animals that need help, while the shelter has 1) very limited space, 2) very limited number of caretakers and volunteers, and 3) strict quarantine protocols. That’s why we prioritize animals involved in cruelty or neglect cases so that we can bring offenders to justice.
“Concerned citizens” must not depend on PAWS or any other animal welfare organizations alone. Everyone must do their part.
If the animal is in imminent danger, then YOU are their best chance of survival. If you are unable to remove the animal from danger, a PAWS volunteer may be able to assist. The animal may be brought to the shelter for emergency treatment, but admission cannot be guaranteed.