Who We Are
PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap advocates, educates, and provides direct services to nurture the bond of companionship between pets and their people, for the health and well-being of both.
In 1975, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded. Since that time, PAWS has become a thriving, vital presence on Bainbridge Island and in North Kitsap. Through education, awareness, and financial aid, PAWS is realizing its vision of reducing pet overpopulation and the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals while facilitating responsible, caring relationships between people and their pets.
Today PAWS is a professionally-managed, community-supported organization serving all North Kitsap communities. Our staff works side-by-side with PAWS volunteers to manage all aspects of PAWS’ work.
PAWS’ evolution has fully embraced the community spirit and love of companion animals with which it was established. From early notions of assistance to pet owners in need to volunteers assisting in the location of lost animals, PAWS has grown to provide veterinary assistance programs and an online lost and found service. In every way, from pet adoption to a long-standing commitment to reducing pet overpopulation, PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap has answered the community’s call.
The PAWS Board of Directors includes animal lovers and business and community leaders from throughout North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island who not only steer organization policy but also actively participate in every PAWS function.
Going forward, the Board seeks assistance from steadfast animal lovers to shore up its programs with fully sustainable economic support. Since 1975, PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap has always been there to answer the call of “pets and their people.” We hope you’ll join us in preparing PAWS to answer the call for the next 40 years, as well.