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Paws Rescue League Inc.

515 Centerpoint Drive, Middletown, CT, 06457

Rescue/Shelter Description

We are a group of dog lovers, who have many years experience in the rescue field. We want to make a difference in the lives of homeless, abandoned and neglected dogs. We strive to help save all breeds, and all ages. The number of healthy dogs that are euthanized all over the country is staggering. Our goal is to save these dogs who's time is numbered at the shelter, or a stray on the street or a dog dumped by their owner. Vet them and get them ready for adoption, and find them a family of their own. We feel each and every dog deserves a chance to have the best life possible. While we may not change the world with the work we are doing, we are changing the world for the dogs that we save. Paws Rescue League is a 100% volunteer run, foster based, non profit dog rescue, every person who works with us is a volunteer, including the founders of the rescue. Volunteers donate so many hours each week to help save unwanted, abused and stray dogs. And our fosters both in the south and the north open their home and hearts to these dogs, they show them love they've never experienced before, and work hard at getting them healthy and ready to go to their forever home.

Areas Served

New England - WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT ADOPTING TO MASSACHUSETTS, OR MAINE RESIDENTS AT THIS TIME. Once we are able to serve residents of those states we will update our profile information. THANK YOU for understanding! - Paws Rescue League Team!

Adoption Instructions

If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs please fill out the adoption application. You should hear back from us within 72 hours after sending in your application. If you are interested in fostering please fill out our foster application. If you would like to volunteer in another way please fill out our volunteer application. Please allow 48 hours for a response to your foster or volunteer application. All of our adoption, foster, and volunteer forms can be found on our website. We will not accept 3rd party applications, nor will we automatically approve you if you have been approved by another rescue organization. We take placing our dogs into safe and loving homes seriously, and we vet each applicant to ensure they are a good fit for one of our dogs.

Rescue/Shelter Contact

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Pets in this Rescue/Shelter

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Arlo

White German Shepherd

Arlo NEEDS A NEW ENGLAND FOSTER!  He needs a hail mary, before he is returned back to TN.  Arlo has been searching for his furever home... show more

Arlo NEEDS A NEW ENGLAND FOSTER!  He needs a hail mary, before he is returned back to TN.  Arlo has been searching for his furever home for over a year now, and he does not understand why other dogs are getting adopted, but not him :( We are a smaller rescue, that is NOT  backed/funded by the governmemt, we are not sponsored by large corporations,l and we have never received a grant. Our rescue runs on small donations from individuals and our adoption donations. We are a foster based rescue, which means we DO NOT have a physical location to house dogs who don't find a foster or adoptive home. If we DO NOT have anyone to take a dog in, we have to send them back to TN.  We are a volunteer run organization, each person in the rescue is a volunteer. Arlo is a YOUNG dog, at 2 years old. He had a hard life, where he was never loved or cared for. It evident in his behaviors when we got him into rescue that he had no idea how to dog. Arlo had done amazing in the 6 months we have had him in rescue, even with set backs he has shown us time and time again, that he tries his best to learn and understand.  Arlo was with us in TN for 5 weeks before coming to New England, Arlo spent 6 days a week at doggy day care, and did wonderful! With dogs of all ages, sizes, genders and breeds.He was basically an over grown puppy. He was eager to meet all people, with a friendly and excited hop! He worked on his basic commands and learned how to sit, and was housebroken. He made his way to New England and was placed in a foster home with a dog and a cat, and he was doing wonderfully. Until one day he played a little roughly with the cat. The cat WAS NOT HURT. It was him just trying to play, but because he is so much bigger than his feline friends he should go to a home with no cats.  **NOVEMBER 2022** Arlo was adopted into a family. A couple of months later, Arlo began displaying signs of behavioral issues that were unfortunately unable to be worked with. He was taken to training in which the trainer mentioned it would take more time for him. We had taken him back at this time. Arlo was placed in another foster home. We let the foster know hes a rough player, he's young, and he needs some work. He is not good at reading cues from other dogs and is possessive with toys.  He was doing well with his foster brother for the first 2 months he was there. On Saturday, January 14th, Arlo went to a 5 hour adoption event, with a bit of a car ride to and from the event. Events are highly stimulating for a dog - It raises their cortisol levels, and without decompression, that cortisol continues to build and build until a dog will react. Sadly, after the event, he went home, and was given a toy ( as a reward for being a good boy at the event), and his foster brother was also given a toy. With cortisol levels high, stressed from the event, and he can already be a bit toy possesive, (like kids, dogs DO NOT understand that I have a toy, and my friend has a toy, they just want the one the other one has. Arlo went to get the toy, from his foster brother, and Arlo had accidently bit his foster brother trying to get the toy. We can list Arlo as "Not good with other dogs", but thats is ignoring the root of the problem, and cutting his chances of finding a home in half. He is good with other dogs, great with many, but until he learns how to dog, and how to read cues from the other dog in the home, toys should be given only when separately. Arlo has bounced from house to house to house, never getting the chance to really settle in. He never gets to the part where he feels at home ( both his past adopter and last foster had him under 3 months, 3 months is the time it takes for a dog to feel completely comfortable in their home, and feel at home). With being moved before settling in his leads a dog to never truly feeling comfortable and confident in their home.  What ARLO NEEDS: He needs an experienced dog owner, He needs someone who has some experience with toy possessivness, and/or rescource gaurding, ( Arlo does not gaurd anyone or anything, excpet having an incident over a toy once), a family who will give him TIME, and continue to work with him on his training. No cats, No small pets like rodents, birds, he does have a high prey drive ( he loves to watch birds and squirels from the window) No small children, Arlo loved children but he jumps, and has a lot of energy and can unintententionally knock a small child over).  EITHER NO, other dogs in the home, OR a dog whose energy MATCHES Arlos - ONLY IF THE ADOPTER HAS EXPERIENCE the breed and (TOY POSSESSIVNESS). A fenced in back yard, where he has a place to run around and play safely. Arlo is really a good dog, and very smart, he learns quickly, and he is a true sweet heart of a dog, and in the right home he could be a wonderful dog and make a wonderful companion. He is smart, housebroken, crate trained, sweet, and playful, and wants to do his best. He just needs the right home, and the right guidance to get him there.  Arlo's history when we saved him: We saved Arlo from a kill shelter, he was picked up as a stray and brought to Animal Control, he was given 3 days for his current owner to claim him (if he had an owner), or find a new adopter, or be saved by a rescue. Paws Rescue League works hard to save many dogs facing this situtation. Healthy, young good dogs are euthanized for space, as Animal Control needs to respond to calls about strays, so if they are full of dogs that no one claims, or adopts they would be unable to pick up any other dogs. We as well as the local Humane Society, and a few other rescues, work tirelessly to save these innocent dogs lives, who want nothing more than to be loved. Arlo is a bright light of happiness and joy! Even when in the scary shelter where he was unsure where he was or what would happen, he was trusting of everyone, and was as wiggly as a worm, and a huge smile on his face. He was just beaming with positivity. To think this beuatiful light could be extinguished soley because he was taken up a kennel is awful. Arlo was temperament tested, and taken out of the shelter and placed in a TN foster home, where he got lots of love, and affection, and went to the vet for a physical exam, and HWT, neutered and vaccinated. Arlo is currently in his CT foster home, and he is very much a Husky Shepard mix! You have never met a sweeter, more loving and happy dog. Arlo is truly a wiggle butt! He wags his tail with such happiness his whole body wags, it is the cutest thing, then add his huge happy smile! He is truly a great dog, who loves everyone and has never met a stranger ( everyone is a friend).  Arlo is a male,  White swiss shepard/husky mix, who weighs about 38lbs. When he was picked up by Animal Control is was very clear he was very under weight and malnourished. His ideal weight should be about 50-55lbs. He is not a fan of the crate, after his adoption and return, he has picken up on house breaking amazingly well, our guess is he spent much of his short life on his own, outside, and eager to meet and interact with people. Arlo is good with other dogs, he is too rough and too much for cats, he is good with children, we suggest older children as he is still learning all "indoor manners", and how to be the best FURbaby! Arlo is still working on his training to be a dog, and learn how to communicate with other dogs. Arlo does have at times have a  hard time sharing toys, or understanding that he cant have a toy, and needs someone who can help him work on that, or keep toys up and away when other dogs are around.  Arlo just needs someone willing to give him time and understanding. show less

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Cruz

Treeing Walker Coonhound

Cruz was born to momma Darla on 09/29/2023.  Darla was found as a stray heavily pregnant, large efforts were made to locate her owners t... show more

Cruz was born to momma Darla on 09/29/2023.  Darla was found as a stray heavily pregnant, large efforts were made to locate her owners to no avail. A wonderful woman took Darla to the vet for scans, to find out how far along and how many babies she should expect her to deliver. Its safe to know the number of babies to make sure all are delivered safely, and none get stuck inside mom, which is deadly for the baby, and mom.  Darla had her 11 darling babies 2 weeks after being picked up off the streets in NC.   Sadly at only a few days old one of the babies passed away, and a few days after that, a second baby passed away. Darla has 9 surviving pups, who are all gorgeous pooches and are ready for their FURever homes! They are young enough that they will adapt to any animals, and people in their homes. Like toddlers, 8 week old puppies will learn what you teach them!  These pups have been fostered in a home with small children, dogs (small and large), and cats.  Cruz has the cutest curly tail and wrinkly forehead!  From Cruz's New England foster: "Meet Cruzie, this sweet lovable pup is definitely part of the key club and other giving back clubs that are offered. He is the one to let you know he needs to go out. He’s a lover, not a fighter and loves people and being pet!" show less

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Daisy (Bonded to Skye)

Maltese

Skye and Daisy, a heartwarming mother-daughter duo, were surrendered together and share an unbreakable bond. Skye, the playful and outgo... show more

Skye and Daisy, a heartwarming mother-daughter duo, were surrendered together and share an unbreakable bond. Skye, the playful and outgoing mom at 26lbs, enjoys interactive games like fetch and craves praise. On the other hand, Daisy, the more reserved daughter at 19lbs, seeks affection once she trusts you, relishing in sitting close for gentle pets. Their deep bond is evident; they won't eat or thrive without each other's presence and become withdrawn when separated. Both Skye and Daisy are not just spayed but also up-to-date on their medical needs. Remarkably sweet, they are well-mannered, crate trained, and housebroken. Skye and Daisy's companionship is not just heartwarming but also an inspiration, making them the perfect addition to a loving home willing to embrace their unique bond and shower them with the affection they deserve. From their foster mom: "Skye likes to play, chew, snuggle, likes everyone but has her one person. Her grumbles sound vicious but she's just playing. Likes marrow bones and squeaky toys. She's fast... like really fast. She has also shown that she likes to dig. She did some damage to a chipmunk hole and came out with a dirty face! Daisy initiates a lot of play but then plays the victim 😆. She has her little dog bark and does the funniest/cutest little dance on her back paws when she wants something. She doesn't really care about the cats unless someone else is drawing attention to them. She's good on leash and doesn't tend to wander. She also likes to chew and loves marrow bones. She's a snuggler til she gets too hot." show less

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Pax

Poodle (Miniature)

Pax was an owner surrender. They had purchased Pax from a "Mini Aussiedoodle breeder" and were expecting Pax to stay under 20lbs. He is... show more

Pax was an owner surrender. They had purchased Pax from a "Mini Aussiedoodle breeder" and were expecting Pax to stay under 20lbs. He is currently about 28lbs at 6.5 months old. Pax does have a little more growing to do, but not much. We estimate he will be 40lbs or under full grown.  Pax did not have the best start, it was very clear when we took him in that he had not been groomed in a long time. He had skin irritation from where his hair was matted, he also had extremely long front and hind nails, which regular walks would have naturally filed them down some. Pax was clearly not socialized with new people, or other dogs. He was TERRIFIED meeting any new people, and very unsure around other dogs. (This is why it is so important to start socializing your dogs when they are young, so they are not so afraid of new people and dogs.) Pax has been working with his foster and trainer in TN, he is doing very well working on socializing with other dogs, and with people. He is building up his confidence daily, and learning how to walk on leash. He knows "Sit", "Down", "Shake", and "Stay". He is very treat motivated, which helps with training. Pax is a wonderfully sweet boy who loves to cuddle his people, and thinks he's a lap dog. He loves attention from his people, he just needs a little confidence boost and a routine, and continued socialization to help him be the doggo he can be! Pax would love a well adjusted dog sibling to help show him the ropes and how to be a dog. show less

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Phoenix

Hound (Unknown Type)

Phoenix is a sweet hound/basenji or vizsla mix, she is about 45-50 lbs, and is 2-3 years old. She is full grown and won't get any larger... show more

Phoenix is a sweet hound/basenji or vizsla mix, she is about 45-50 lbs, and is 2-3 years old. She is full grown and won't get any larger. Phoenix found herself at animal control at no fault of her own when her previous owners decided they no longer wanted her, and no longer wanted to care for her. They dropped her off at animal control and didn't look back. Phoenix on the other hand was so sad, for days she wouldn't eat, she cried and every time a volunteer walked in, she would get her hopes up thinking her owners had come for her.  She was so withdrawn for the first few weeks being at the shelter.  After about 2 weeks Phoenix adjusted to her new normal, she became close to some of the staff at the shelter, and made some doggo friends. The volunteers say she is a sweet medium sized dog, who loves to play and is affectionate with all people! Phoenix can be dog selective and does need slow intros with some dogs, particularly females.  She seems to get along with male dogs wonderfully right off the bat, with females she takes a little longer to warm up.  After a gentle intro, Phoenix has fallen in love with the puppy in her foster home and LOVES to play with him!  She can get very excited while playing and can be a bit too exuberant for some dogs, but does well with dogs who have a similar play style.   Phoenix is medium energy, she is a pretty laid back girl in the house and is perfectly happy to lie down and relax for most of the day after her monring walk.  She looks forward to her evening walks around the neighborhood and is curious about new places and people.  She would do wonderful in a home with a fenced in yard, so she has a safe place to run and play (she loves fetch)! She would do well as an only dog, or with one dog sibling. She would do best with kids 10 years and up, due to her playfulness and excitement, she may unintentionally knock over a small child.  Phoenix is housebroken and crate trained and walks ok on leash (she gets distracted by critters on walks and is working on pulling), and does good in the car.  She is very smart and knows some commands, she is also a loving and affectionate girl who enjoys cuddling!  Phoenix loves to hike and explore, she is a wonderful adventure buddy and cannot wait to find a forever family to go on all the adventures with! From Phoenix's current foster: "Phoenix loves to lay in the sun outside. When she’s in the mood, most squeaky toys she will chase after. She has liked every type of treat and she looooves to get her belly rubbed and will let you do that endlessly! Phoenix has a big heart and lots of love to give. When she nuzzles and puts her head on your lap it’s the best feeling. She’s so smart she knows right from wrong. She just needs a way to burn off some energy and then she will relax for the rest of the day". Phoenix would do best in a home with a fenced in yard.  show less

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Salvator

Terriers (Medium)

Salvator is a one-year-old male dog who has overcome numerous challenges to find his way into the loving arms of the animal rescue commu... show more

Salvator is a one-year-old male dog who has overcome numerous challenges to find his way into the loving arms of the animal rescue community. He weighs about 45lbsa and is very friendly and playful! Salvator's journey began when he was found with multiple wounds, a testament to a life filled with hardship and struggle. Luckily, he was rescued and brought to the caring staff at the animal shelter (AC), where he received the medical attention and care he so desperately needed. Through the compassion and dedication of the shelter team, Salvator was nursed back to health and given a fresh start in life. One of Salvator's outstanding qualities is his love for other dogs and people. His friendly and sociable nature makes him an ideal companion for both canine and human friends. Whether it's engaging in a game of fetch at the park or enjoying a leisurely walk, Salvator is always up for an adventure. He loves to swim in his personal pool! He is housebroken and familiar with using a dog door for accessing his potty area. While it may take him a day or two to adjust to a new routine, Salvator is a quick learner! He is also crate trained, providing a secure and comfortable space for him to relax and feel at ease. Now, this loving and playful pup is eagerly searching for a forever home where he can share his abundant love and joy with a family who will appreciate his zest for life. If you are seeking a loyal companion who will brighten your days with his exuberance, Salvator may be the perfect addition to your family. If you are interested in providing a loving home for Salvator, please submit an application on our website! He has been waiting so patiently for his furever home show less

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Scout

Plott Hound

Scout is a 3 year old plott hound mix, who we believe may have some basset hound in him as well. He is a medium dog who weighs about 42... show more

Scout is a 3 year old plott hound mix, who we believe may have some basset hound in him as well. He is a medium dog who weighs about 42 lbs. Scout was found as a stray, the animal control officers who picked him up caught him with a catch poll, which terrified Scout. They dragged him into a kennel at animal control and it resulted in a couple of Scout's nails to tear off, and he begin to bleed from the injury. He was so scared at animal control with all the smell of fear from other dogs, and the barking, Scout hung his head low and hoped for an angel to save him from that place.  We saw this sweet boy, and got him out of the shelter, temperament tested with people and other dogs, and then got him to the vet where his injuries could be attended.   Scout is a sweet, gentle soul of doggo who loves hard, however he has clearly had some trauma in his past.  He is only a few years old, however he has some graying on his muzzle, which is a testament to the difficult life that he must have had before coming into rescue :(  Scout is terrified of men and children, and he is timid and unsure when meeting new people. He does well with women and other dogs.  Once Scout has bonded to you, he will love you and will go to the ends of the earth to protect you.  He likes to steal items that belong to you and bring them to his bed to be close to him. His energy level is whatever you want it to be, he just wants to be in the same room with you. Scout is a misunderstood boy with a heart of gold, who just wants to feel safe and loved. Scout needs a soft spoken, patient, gentle person who understands that he will need some time to feel comfortable and to let down his guard. The love that he will shower you with once he trusts you is worth the wait!  Scout would be a perfect dog for a woman only home in a quiet, rural area. show less

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Skye (Bonded to Daisy)

Australian Cattle Dog

Skye and Daisy, a heartwarming mother-daughter duo, were surrendered together and share an unbreakable bond. Skye, the playful and outgo... show more

Skye and Daisy, a heartwarming mother-daughter duo, were surrendered together and share an unbreakable bond. Skye, the playful and outgoing mom at 26lbs, enjoys interactive games like fetch and craves praise. On the other hand, Daisy, the more reserved daughter at 19lbs, seeks affection once she trusts you, relishing in sitting close for gentle pets. Their deep bond is evident; they won't eat or thrive without each other's presence and become withdrawn when separated. Both Skye and Daisy are not just spayed but also up-to-date on their medical needs. Remarkably sweet, they are well-mannered, crate trained, and housebroken. Skye and Daisy's companionship is not just heartwarming but also an inspiration, making them the perfect addition to a loving home willing to embrace their unique bond and shower them with the affection they deserve. From their foster mom: "Skye likes to play, chew, snuggle, likes everyone but has her one person. Her grumbles sound vicious but she's just playing. Likes marrow bones and squeaky toys. She's fast... like really fast. She has also shown that she likes to dig. She did some damage to a chipmunk hole and came out with a dirty face! Daisy initiates a lot of play but then plays the victim 😆. She has her little dog bark and does the funniest/cutest little dance on her back paws when she wants something. She doesn't really care about the cats unless someone else is drawing attention to them. She's good on leash and doesn't tend to wander. She also likes to chew and loves marrow bones. She's a snuggler til she gets too hot." show less

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Tank

Boxer

Tank did not have the best life starting out. Tank found himself at animal control on the euthanisia list. He was EXTERMELY emaciated. H... show more

Tank did not have the best life starting out. Tank found himself at animal control on the euthanisia list. He was EXTERMELY emaciated. His collar had grown into his neck and he had infected wounds ALL OVER HIS BODY :( He had a skin infection and was covered in fleas and ticks. Tank was COMPLETELY and UTTERLY neglected. Only being 2.5 years old, he may have lived his whole life this way. We can tell you he will never have to go hungry again, he will never again know what it feels like to have an empty bowl, or to experience hunger pains. He will never again live with owners who lock him up and forget about him. He will never again be left outside like a lawn ornament or worse, like trash. He will never again spend his days alone, longing for human interaction. After 3 weeks of TLC, he is a whole different dog! He truly just wanted to be loved and cared for. Tank just wants a chance to show you that he is WORTH saving.  Tank's New England foster describes him as a sweet couch potato who is adjusting so well, and is very deserving of his own family. The rest of his days he will be loved, cared for and told how special he is, how he is deserving of all the love in the world, and what a GREAT BOY he is!! If you promise to give this boy the loving home he deserves, please submit an application! show less