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Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community


PO BOX 707ROCKPORT, ME 04856 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center's mission is to provide a safe, caring environment for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats until they can be placed with loving families, and to promote humane values in our communities. In addition to caring for the animals, the adoption center also provides community outreach and humane education programs.


P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center (formerly the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League) was founded to provide a safe, comforting place for animals that are looking for loving, permanent homes. We are a private, non-profit animal welfare organization that provides care and love to all cats and dogs. P.A.W.S. was founded in 1974 by a group of animal lovers in midcoast Maine to address the need for a shelter to help lost, abandoned, neglected or homeless pets. With broad support from members of the surrounding communities, the shelter has become a warm, safe, loving haven for companion animals, giving them another chance to find a permanent home. The current shelter building, located at 146 Camden Street in Rockport, was constructed in 2000 with the generous help of the community on land donated by Eric H. L. Sexton.

Every animal that comes to our shelter is cared for with love, respect and tenderness until they can be placed in their forever home. We will never euthanize an animal unless it has a severe physical or behavioral problem that cannot be resolved. We never, ever euthanize for time or space. We currently have contracts with the towns of Camden, Rockport, Hope, Lincolnville, Belfast, Northport, Searsmont, Liberty, Islesboro and Swanville. We have a full staff ready to help you in finding the perfect pet for you and your family. We invite you to visit or, better yet, volunteer. You just may find that walking a dog, petting cats or cleaning a room will give you a sense of satisfaction and peace. The animals would love to see you and so would we.


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