This short film was created in honor of Mary Ann Ahrens, Founder & President of the Animal Humane Association of Star Valley – a partner organization of PAWS of Jackson Hole.

Since the inception of PAWS in 1999, we have maintained close relationships with our local animal shelters. But, one of the biggest misconceptions about PAWS is that we are an animal shelter. PAWS does not have any pets directly in our care, but supporting our local shelters is at the very crux of our mission. We know that it is hard enough for shelter employees to get through the day just caring for the animals. Cleaning kennels, feeding, exercising, and meeting with prospective adopters leaves very little time to go out and raise the funds needed to keep the doors open. That’s where PAWS comes in: filling in the gaps in services, funding and amenities. Our free spay/neuter program is one example which helps to keep the shelter numbers down.

But, in addition to spay/neuter for many years we’ve supported the Jackson Animal Shelter by granting money for dog training, adoption advertisements and events, and most importantly funding large capital improvements to make the shelter more comfortable. Over the years, PAWS has contributed more than $350,000 to the Jackson shelter and we are thrilled that recently we expanded our support to shelters in Star Valley and Teton Valley. We are actively raising money so we can help improve both of these shelters in much the same way we’ve helped Jackson. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to PAWS today!

Here are a few examples of improvement projects we’ve completed at the Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter:

  • A beautiful, plush dog training and play yard
  • Replacement of old chain link dog kennels with custom dog suites
  • Beautiful new furniture and artwork for the shelter lobby
  • Remodeled offices and visitation rooms
  • Creation of Meow Manor – a beautiful new cat room complete with screened in sun porch.

Stay tuned as we complete projects at the Animal Humane Association of Star Valley and the Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter.