Paws—Peoria County Animal Protection Services is a real life animal house. It’s Peoria’s animal shelter where you can go adopt a pet and give a critter a new home and leash on life...I mean lease on life. I thought today we’d take a little tour of the shelter, who knows, maybe we’ll run into Eric Burdon there!
Here we are at PAWS, which is located on Perry Street near the old Woodruff High School and it's behind Glen Oak Park.
According to the sign the office is just an arrow away...me and my arrow.
Lets go in and see what's happening inside of PAWS today...
This is the office portion of PAWS, but we're here to see some animals, so let's keep moving along...
Bridget, who's the shelter manager is going to be our tour guide of the facilities.
The first stop is a room they call, "The Real Life Room," which is a room for an animal that's feeling a little skittish or is having trouble getting along with the other animals. It's hard to see the dog in here, but she's nestled comfortably in that chair and her name is...
Tiny. Someone please adopt her because that room is bigger than my apartment and I want to try to negotiate a deal with PAWS to move in there. I hope I'm not barking up the wrong tree here. Oof!
There's a black cat on the shelf over here in this room, which Bridget told me was the cat colony room. Purrrfect.
The cat's name is Noir...hmmm...maybe a certain tapas lounge would be interested in adopting him.
Noir plus these two kitties add up to three cool cats in this colony.
Here's a little gift area with t-shirts, bandanas and a PAWS cat calendar. I got the cat calendar and a rubber chicken. Take that Steve Spain!
There's other animals than cats and dogs in here and the proof is right over here...
In this bunny rabbit playing stare-down with the MBIP camera. Silly Rabbit!
Older dogs are housed in this room. As you can see by this guy's wagging tail, he's happy to see people and would be a great dog to adopt, so come on down and start a new chapter in his life.
Okay fella, nobody likes a showoff so just get back on all fours and quit trying to be so human-like!
Here's the Cat Room...I"m praying Julie Newmar is in here with her Catwoman whip!
Julie's not in here, but it is a lot more sedate than the dog room where the barking and panting was quite loud. The difference of the two rooms makes me think of this video/commercial that's gotten popular lately.
This guy's got a hole in his cage...I think he's planning a breakout!
Wow, he's certainly relaxed, I think he smuggled in some catnip, but I'll never tell.
Hey look, this guy is still reading the newspaper old school style! What, you've never heard of the internet?
This pooch tore up his newspaper in protest and will continue to do so until the shelter provides him with an iPad.
This is an outside area where you can bring your pet and see how they'll interact with an animal from the shelter.
Here's some artwork sent int from Hines Grade School who recently took a field trip here.
If your pet is lost, it's smart to put up a sign down here in case someone finds the animal and brings it to PAWS.
Here's the Donor Board and speaking of donations, PAWS works closely with the Peoria Humane Society which is located next door. You can help them out with a donation and find out more about them by clicking here: Peoria Humane Society. I asked Bridget if there was any animal in here that they had given up on and was truly unadoptable and she led me to this cage....
Doggone Art By Jaws the Cabbie
Jaws the Cabbie sent in this animal artwork (yesterday) and I’m just getting around to posting it now. Thanks, Jaws!