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It is and always has been the goal of the Dent County Animal Welfare Society to be a "no-kill" shelter. We believe every dog and cat has value and deserves a chance for a permanent, loving home. We treat the animals in our shelter and make decisions as if they were our own pets. Our animals do not have a time limit on how long they will reside at our facility. DCAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We placed over 600 catrs and dogs in adoptive homes in 2005. It was hard work, we survive on donations and our volunteers to help.
The Dent County Animal Shelter opened in late January of 1993.
The Dent County Animal Welfare Society formed in 1990 with the hope of improving conditions for animals and creating awareness in this area.
Because of the dismal, disgraceful condition of the city pound and no county facility at all, there was no decent place for dogs and cats to stay while they waited for adoption. DCAWS workers began trying to raise money and applied for several grants. They received a grant for $25,000 from the Marguerite Doe Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. Volunteers worked at fundraising and in the fall of 1992 construction started.
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