Antigua's Sanctuary for Dogs & Cats

PAAWS (Protect Antiguan Animals With a Smile), registered March 1996, has its Animal Rescue and Re-homing Centre located in Parham, Antigua and is licensed by the Dog Registration and Control Authority. 

PAAWS is associated with the RSPCA and has been a member of the Caribbean Animal Welfare Group. 

In the past 10 years PAAWS has helped over 1,300 dogs and cats to find new loving & caring homes.

PAAWS is a no-kill shelter, which gives priority care to abandoned, neglected or abused animals.

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Friday, April 17, 2015
They came back for another and found Shadow (we called him Elvis) who has gone to his new home. Everybody happy.

Friday, April 17, 2015
STILL MISSING - Grizzele from Buckley's Extention 25 March, shown here before the grooming. Nadia would appreciate your help at 7203247.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Sasha on her way to her new home, says "it's been great here, but I'm happy to link up with Venisha. Looks like some great times ahead for us."

Monday, April 13, 2015
They say if you climb onto your roof you'll be able to see far and wide. Anyway it provides a different perspective on your neighborhood, and in some countries creatures spend a lot of time up there.

Monday, April 13, 2015
Nora's been used to visiting a big house and yard along her normal route to the shelter, where it seems hard for the occupants to put water and sometimes food out for the several dogs spread around the yard. They perk up even as she drives by without stopping. Yesterday she took time to stop for the first time in a month and found this one. She was about to lift it away when some guys arrived to visit and they said they would be taking her to the vet today for treatment and meds. They had discovered the damage a few days ago and released the dog from the chain they used to tie it.


Monday, April 13, 2015
A second set of kittens opening their eyes to the joys of springtime.


Sunday, April 12, 2015
Sandy's pups learning about new mealtime.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hi Catherine,
Well, this is a moment we have not been looking forward to: Royale has passed on to the next world. He slowly stopped eating, within a week lost a lot of weight. He got wobbly on his legs and fell against the fence. Dr. Francis came to give him antibiotic shot and a vitamin injection. She mentioned he might be on his way out. On Friday he started bleeding from his nose and mouth, her advice was to put him out of his distress. It was a dignified procedure for a noble creature, who has been loved by us all at PAAWS for the past seven years. I stayed with him till the end and was thankfully we could do this for him.
We buried him across the road and planted a tree on his grave.
It has not quite sunk in yet and we miss him every time we pass the stable.
I know how much Royale meant to you, and if your grief is hurting you just remember how happy you have made him, you did the very best for him, you made sacrifices for him. I see him in my mind, back at life's origin, proud and happy for what he was able to do in this world; achieving his ultimate goal: to be of service to man, and to give joy and happiness.
Dear Catherine, he brought us in contact with each other, you are my precious sister, welcome any time, we love you.
I am humbled by the experience of taking care of him.
Royale came to the shelter in January 2008
to live out his days. As an injured retired race horse,
he didn't need exercise; only good food, shelter
 and other animals to keep him in good shape.
It was Catherine, who built the stable
and provided funding for his food, a great sacrifice in her part.
From time time Royale was free to walk
and graze in the shelter open areas.
His diet consisted of horse pellets, alfalfa cubes
and hay, 3 times a day. When hay was not available
for purchase, Nora took it on to collect cut grass from
the roadside, making sure that there was always a supply.
Royale loved carrots and mangoes from the shelter tree.
Catherine was able to visit from time to time to fuss him up,
but this time it is Nora offering the carrot to sniff and
then eat.
Royale just enjoyed his corner and all the friends
that came to visit and bark.
He was very tolerant and such a wonderful creature.
Young avocado tree, now more protected, as tribute.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015
There's trust being established to enable us to pick of this skiddish loner from a roadside


Latest try on Apr 12, 2015


Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Twins Star and Sky now in good hands with their first check-over and treatments complete.


Wednesday, April 08, 2015
3 of the 7 kittens looking for homes. Aren't they cute?



Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Fabian (in the front) and Shaquille (in the back), two of our fabulous guys are working on a new cat/kitten condo extension, eventually it will be completed.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Nora stopped on the road to pick this one up as it meandered in and out of fast traffic. She was on her way to a hospital visit but diverted to the shelter first. It would have been a goner otherwise.


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PAAWS Shelter: Parham, Antigua, West Indies
Mailing address: PO Box 1839, St. John's, Antigua, West Indies
Tel: +1 268 460 3667