• A new shelter in a non-residential location
dream big list
  • Purina dog, puppy, cat, and kitten chow
  • Paper towels
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish detergent
  • Trash Bags (30 Gallon)
  • Non-clumping cat litter
  • Milk Bones
  • Pupperoni
  • Cat treats
  • Dog & Cat toys
  • Cat Trees & scratching post
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Puppy pads
  • wet (can) dog & cat food
  • Volunteers
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Your contribution to PAWS Animal Shelter is immediately put to use saving lives and helping animals in need. Donations to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization are used to provide food, medical care and shelter for animals in Swain County.


Since PAWS inception, we have adopted more than 3,000 animals to loving, forever homes and provided financial assistance for 11,000+ spay/neuter surgeries. We can’t do any of this without your generous donations. The average cost for routine medical intake per animal at PAWS is $169.

Make your gift today online via Paypal or mail in your donation to PAWS Animal Shelter

PO BOX 1814  Bryson City, NC 28713



  • Stop by the Thrift Store to make a donation.
  • Instead of buying a gift, make a donation to the animals at PAWS to acknowledge an anniversary, birthday or any special occasion. The honoree will receive a letter acknowledging your kindness!
  • Consider PAWS in your estate planning.
  • Make a gift in memory of that special person or pet that has made a difference in your life. 
  • If you work for a company with a matching charitable gift program, you can double your gift to the animals.
  • We accept stock or mutual fund donations.

  • Go to kuranda.com and donate a dog bed to PAWS for $52.

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