PAWS of Jackson Hole reflects on 2020 successes

JACKSON, Wyo. — PAWS’ mission is to prevent pet homelessness, protect pets from harm and suffering and to promote responsible pet ownership. These key pillars of pet service help pets and their people and are practiced throughout Jackson, Star Valley and Teton Valley, Idaho.

PREVENT – pet homelessness

PAWS MedFund helped fix Senor Frog’s broken leg, representing the PAWS Prevent Pillar. Photo: PAWS Staff

The Pandemic rocked everyone’s world in 2020. PAWS created the COVID Pet Fund and aided over 585 pets and their struggling families that are battling COVID-related issues. The goal of the fund was to help those in need and to keep people from surrendering their pets to local area shelters. The program has been a huge success and PAWS looks forward to the day we no longer need the COVID Pet Fund.

PAWS Spay/Neuter Assistance program has made significant impacts on our local pet overpopulation problem. Thanks to veterinary participation and your support, PAWS funded over 944 altering surgeries in 2020. Currently, there is one dog and a few cats at the Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter

PAWS MedFund program was extended beyond Jackson/Teton County last year to assist residents of neighboring communities for unexpected vet bills. PAWS MedFund enabled 216 pets to receive required, and often urgent, medical care. As animal shelter medical budgets are often stressed, PAWS MedFund is also available for pets at local shelters.

PROTECT from harm and suffering

The PAWS Protect Pillar is represented through DART training. Photo: PAWS Staff

PAWS protects pets from harm and suffering by supporting animal shelters that take care of homeless pets. In 2020, PAWS ShelterFund granted funds to support the general operation of local area shelters. A huge thanks to Pet of the Week sponsors, Graham-Faupel-Mendenhall & Associates and Spring Creek Animal Hospital, as they helped highlight the adoption of local homeless pets.

SafePAWS, a partnership with Community Safety Network, supports pet needs of domestic violence victims. With a dog yard and the cat safe haven at Community Safety Network, more pets are allowed to safely stay with their families during challenging times.

The PAWS Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) was not activated in 2020 but held a two-day hands-on training with Code Three Associates in October for volunteers and staff. PAWS’ partnership with Teton County Emergency Management continues to thrive. Volunteers are highly engaged and PAWS remains very active with Jackson’s Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

PROMOTE responsible pet ownership

SeniorPAWS dog Joey and the Living Center resident represent the Promote Pillar. Photo: PAWS Staff

PAWS is the backbone of responsible pet ownership through their local communities. Through PAWS Mutt Mitt program, 23 mutt mitt stations were maintained, providing over 150,000 mutt mitts for dog owners. PAWS Poop Fairy Brigade and PAWS-itivity Ambassadors remain a positive influence on the pathways and are easy to spot when out walking dog-friendly trails. Thanks to Snake River Brewing, Persephone, Teton Tails and Pet Place Plus who reward pets and their people for good etiquette.

PAWS Education and Outreach programs taught Humane Education to over 400 students in Teton Valley, Idaho. The children learned empathy and compassion for both pets and people, and an array of topics that aid them in becoming pet advocates in their communities.

SeniorPAWS, a special PAWS project in partnership with St. John’s Living Center, received a surprise $25,000 Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Award for its outstanding work. The project allows the Living Center residents to foster senior dogs who are then adopted by community members. Read about Joey’s story and the benefits for everyone involved here.

PAWS remains at the forefront of advocating for a year-round Dog Park in Jackson. The Winter Dog Park at the fairgrounds serves thousands of dogs from November to April. Over in Idaho, PAWS has partnered with the City of Victor to help provide financial support to add a second entrance and create a fenced section for small dogs in the Victor Dog Park, along with new signage and five donated Mutt Mitt stations.

With thousands of rescue shelters and animal welfare organizations nationwide, what makes PAWS of Jackson Hole unique is that they focus on both pets and their people. PAWS has received a generous end-of-the year challenge donation that will match dollar for dollar up to $25,000 through December 31. Donate Today! If you have any questions about PAWS of Jackson Hole please call (307) 734-2441, email [email protected] or visit their website at

Community Partner:

PAWS of Jackson Hole

PAWS of Jackson Hole’s mission is to serve as a community resource to prevent pet homelessness, to protect pets from harm and suffering, and to promote responsible ownership

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