Bark, Bark; Meow, Meow: PAWS is No. 1 in Wyoming

*PAWS' Mandy Apodaca holds one of the puppies now up for adoption at the shelter, a Min-Pin. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - The PAWS for Life animal shelter in Riverton has been awarded the "state's best" honor for Wyoming from the Mutt Nation Foundation. The honor, which was totally unexpected by the shelter staff, came after an independent investigation by the Foundation of Wyoming's many animal shelters. "In their letter, they said our high adoption rate, volunteerism, having an active web site with social media and the work we do in spay and neutering was why we were selected," said Jina Gladman. "The Foundation picked one shelter in each state to honor. We were very happy someone recognized what our volunteer board and volunteers do here." Noting that 2015 was the shelter's busiest year ever, Gladman said PAWS adopted out 220 dogs and returned 273 dogs to their owners who were caught running at large. Forty-three dogs were transferred out to other shelters. PAWS is a "no kill" shelter. [image: Inline image 1] *Two of the cats in the shelter's Kitty Colony enjoy the view from a just donated cat structure. (Pitchengine Communities) * As for cats, PAWS adopted out 193 felines and set a one-year record for returning cats to their owners with 24. Yes, 24. The shelter also transferred out 23 cats to the animal shelter in Jackson, where apparently there was a cat shortage. PAWS for life was started in 2003 by long-time board members Kathy Hooper and Amy Stockton, who recently retired from the board after more than 12 years of service. "We now have eight board volunteers, our most ever," Gladman said. #county10 #news