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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Pet Assistance Welfare Society's (PAWS) mission is to reduce and aid the population of unwanted and lost companion animals in our community. Also, they support and encourage the positive interaction between pets and people.

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PAWS is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that was founded in May 2003 to help the communities in the Northeast Louisiana area. They created several programs to help accomplish our mission which include our Animal Shelter Rescue, Humane Education, Spay/Neuter Assistance Program.

Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).

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