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Mission Statement

Paw Prints Animal Rescue, Inc. (PPAR) is an all volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the population of homeless cats, kittens, dogs and puppies by maintaining two programs -- a Rescue and Adoption Program and a Feral Cat Management Program.


Rescue and Adoption Program. We are dedicated to finding forever homes for displaced or abandoned dogs and cats and educating the public about pet overpopulation and the benefits of spaying and neutering. PPAR accepts into its Rescue and Adoption Program stray cats, kittens, dogs and puppies from the general public as foster space permits.

Prior to adoption, foster animals are tested, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for various parasites, and sterilized (if age appropriate). They receive individualized love, socialization, training and observation in their foster homes to ensure that a perfect match is achieved when adopted into their forever homes. These cats and dogs live in volunteer foster homes until we find them a loving permanent home, however long it takes. In 2009 we were able to successfully place over 400 dogs and 150 cats in forever homes.

Feral Cat Colony Management Program. In addition to its Rescue and Adoption Program, PPAR assists citizens maintain several feral cat colonies in Wake, Durham and Franklin Counties. Maintenance of a colony includes providing daily food and water, building and maintaining shelters, sterilizing and vaccinating the cats, and providing veterinary care for conditions such as abscesses, respiratory infections, mouth and gum disease. Where possible, PPAR helps secures donated or low-cost cat food and veterinary services to assist caretakers. PPAR also offers advice and assistance to individuals and other groups with respect to non-lethal feral cat management. Friendly cats and kittens are often discovered living in feral cat colonies. A large percentage of young kittens in a colony can be tamed with proper handling and attention. Friendly adult cats are occasionally identified; more often than not, recently abandoned at or near the colony. These friendly cats and kittens are pulled from their colonies to enter PPAR's Rescue and Adoption Program.

Personal Pets/Private Rescuers Page. We regret that our limited resources prevent us from taking in all animals who are in need of rescues and/or new homes due to changing family situations. Paw Prints is willing to list pets not in our foster system on our website in an effort to help you find a prospective adopter. See Animals Available for Adoption by Owners/Private Rescuers .

Our Commitment. Paw Prints Animal Rescue makes a lifetime commitment to each animal it rescues and places through adoption. We never want these animals to be homeless again. Accordingly, our adoption contract requires any individual who adopts an animal from our program to return it to us for re-homing should they ever find, for any reason, they are no longer able to provide it with a home. In addition, we are committed to doing all we can to stem the tide of homeless animals by requiring that all animals adopted from our program be spayed/neutered.



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