Welcome to Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter!

CAWS is dedicated to improving the lives of cats and dogs in the North Fork Valley. 

We provide: 

  • Emergency shelter for companion cats
  • Spay/Neuter Vouchers for North Fork Valley residents to help defray the cost of sterilizing dogs or cats
  • Education, pet food and low-cost spaying and neutering for families in need 

It is our mission to make the lives of our North Fork pets healthier and happier.


Norm’s Cat House is now open!

June 6, 2019 marked the opening of CAWS’ new cat shelter, Norm’s Cat House. Dedicated to Dr. Norman Vincent, CAWS’ longtime veterinarian who recently retired, the Cat House features an indoor play room with a tunnel to an enclosed outdoor area as well as spacious suites for litters and larger cats. The shelter is open more »

Thank You Maddie’s Fund!

CAWS has recently been given a grant by the Maddie’s Fund Organization.   Maddie’s Fund®is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $187.8 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter more »