THRIFT STORE: Stop by and check out some great bargains on our clothing, household items, furniture, books, jewelry and more! Whether you’re donating items or shopping, you’re helping to save the lives of many abandoned, abused, injured and homeless dogs and cats in Swain County. It’s a win-win situation for all of us!


If you can't get to the shop, have no fear - PAWS is now on eBay! Shop online and save time money...and a life. If you are an eBay seller and would like to donate a portion of your proceeds to PAWS you can do that too through Mission Fish!

Tuesday- 10:00am-4:00pm





95 Slope Street Unit B
Bryson City, NC 28713



thrift store info

HISTORY: In 1990 a group of people in Swain County, NC, concerned by the number of homeless animals, many in need of medical assistance  founded P.A.W.S. as a way to help.  In a rural, economically depressed area with no county animal control resources available, P.A.W.S. became a volunteer based foster care network that established a low-cost neuter/spay program in collaboration with local veterinarians. 

To help fund these veterinary costs, more volunteers were recruited in 1993 and P.A.W.S. opened a small thrift store business in the community.  Today, the store provides 43% of the money needed to keep our shelter doors open, providing much needed services to our community. Through thrift store sales, grants and private donations, enough funds were raised to purchase land and an all-volunteer crew built our no-kill shelter in 1995. 

  • To shelter and find good homes for unwanted, abused  and stray animals.
  • To continue our education program in the Swain County School system by teaching children to provide responsible and kind animal care.
  • To provide a low cost spay/neuter certificate program

Physical Address: 57 Lemons Branch Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address: POB 1814

Bryson City, NC 28713

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shelter hours



Sunday & Monday closed



Beth Cline-Stroud Executive Director


PAWS Animal Shelter

OUR MISSION:  To help alleviate the suffering of abandoned abused, homeless and injured cats and dogs in Swain County.  We provide a caring haven and find loving homes for as many as possible. Through community outreach, education and media, we seek to transform local cultural norms so that human-animal bonding and neuter/spay become more widely practiced in our region.