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:

  • Loving foster homes to prepare pets for their forever families 
  • Education, pet food and low-cost spaying and neutering for families in need 
  • Spay and neuter clinics to reduce the feral cat population

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


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 »

By-Law Changes

CAWS  is updating its bylaws to reflect the current board of directors vision of a revitalized and transparent organization. Send your comments to cawsonline.org. Input must be received by January 12, 2017. Updated by-laws will be approved at the CAWS general meeting on January 19th, 2017 at  4:00 pm, Paonia Library. Click on the link below: more »