PAAWS RI Animal Shelter – PAAWS RI


Finding homes for older cats is much more difficult than it is for kittens. Many organizations will just write these At-Risk cats off as a lost cause. We want all of these amazing cats to have another chance at life with a loving family, but we need your help.

The truth is that most adult cats will spend more time living at the shelter or require specialized medical treatment before they are adoptable.  Your support will give them the time they need to find their forever home.  Your donation will go directly towards the lifesaving care for the most vulnerable cats in our community.



Hi! My name is Wilson.

I have been living on the streets of Providence for a while.  A nice person from Pawswatch noticed that I have been limping around on three legs, so she trapped me and brought me to the veterinarian at Paaws RI. 

Once at the vet, I got some shots and was neutered. Unfortunately, the doctor found out that more than half the skin on my left front leg was missing!

Now, my leg needs to get bandaged every few days, and Dr. Rauch is trying to save my leg

So, I have two big problems now.

One is that stray cats in Providence have crummy health insurance, and my medical bills are mounting. Any donations toward my care would be GREATLY appreciated

My second problem is that I don’t want to go back to living on the streets. I am very tame, I rub on you and purr like crazy. I eat well, and I always use my litter box

Once my leg is better, I would like to be adopted. Maybe YOU can be my human?

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Featured Success Stories:

Meet a few older cats that we never gave up on


Bailey was approximately 8 yrs old when we adopted him. He is a beautiful Siamese who we adore.

He has been in our lives for over 2 years and we enjoy him so much.

-Paula P.


We adopted her almost 3 years ago. When we saw her at the shelter it was love at first sight. She had 5 kittens who got adopted but no one took mama! I cannot imagine my life without her. Thank you for this gift and letting us be her forever home.

-April H.


Lola was adopted in January 2016. She took some time to warm up but she is very happy in her “furever” home.  She loves to snuggle me, will sit on my shoulders, sit on my lap while at the desk. She is the love of my life. I love this kitty so much. I couldn’t picture my life without her.

-Heidi S.


PAAWS RI is an approved 501(c)(3), non-profit animal rescue group and shelter, founded in 2011 by Dr. Annette Rauch. 

Our mission is to aid the most helpless populations of animals in our community. We provide at-risk cats with the surgical and rehabilitation services they need before they can be adopted.

All of our critical, life-saving funds come from generous donors who believe in our mission statement. Those funds are used for the treatment and care of homeless, forgotten and feral cats until they are ready to be placed in loving homes.


Are you passionate about what we're doing? We are always looking for dependable volunteers to help with a wide range of tasks. Click here to submit an application and join the team!


Whether you help through adopting an amazing cat, making monetary donations, volunteering your time, we thank you. We couldn’t accomplish our goals without the help of dedicated animal lovers like you. Your generosity is the reason we have a page dedicated to the stories of cats who have found their happy ever after with forever families.  Click here to read their heartwarming stories. 

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Donation Total: $25.00 Monthly

All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your gift will be used where it is needed the most. Every dollar gives a homeless cat a second chance for a long happy life.

  • $20 will pay to microchip a cat, so they can never get lost from their family again. 
  • $30 will buy food to feeds an orphaned kitten.
  • $60 will pay to spay/neuter a cat before they can be adopted. 
  • $100 will pay for the food, litter & care of an at-risk cat for 1 month.
  • $250 will raise for a litter of kittens until they are ready to be adopted.
  • $500 will help pay for emergency surgery for a cat in need.

Monthly Donation FAQ:

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about how our monthly donation program works. Please click here to contact us if you have any other questions.

Q: How can I change my donation amount or my credit card number?
A: It’s really easy! You can manage monthly donations by clicking this link. You can also click here to contact us at any time and we will help you update your information.
Q: What if I need to stop giving. Can I stop whenever I want?
A: Of course! Just click here and send us a message or call the shelter and we will help you cancel your subscription.
Q: Will I receive verification of my donations for tax purposes?
A: Yes! We will send you an annual statement of your donations for the previous year in an easy to print PDF format every January.
Q: When will my credit card be charged for the first donation?
A: Your card will be charged at the time of your first donation. All subsequent charges will occur around same day of the month as your first donation.
Q: What if I have another question?
A: We are always happy to help! Click here and send us a message and we will do our best to answer any questions you have.