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Paws Rescue League Inc.

, Bristol, CT, 06010

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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Bernice

Redtick Coonhound

Bernice  is a female red tick coon hound, she is about 5-6 years old. She was dumped at animal control when her family no longer had a u... show more

Bernice  is a female red tick coon hound, she is about 5-6 years old. She was dumped at animal control when her family no longer had a use for her, or out grew her. She was loyal to her family for those 5-6 years, and loved them. They were all shes ever known. Then one day they put her in the car, and drove her to Animal Control, where dogs who are brought in by their owners are the first to be euthanized. Owner surrenders are only given 24 hours to find a rescue or an adopter to save them before their 24 hours is up.  Bernice, was saved by Paws Rescue League Inc, placed in a TN foster home while she was vetted, and where she could settle in, and recover from the heartbreak of losing her family. Bernice has now been in foster care for over a month, and is ready to make her way north to find a loving furever home. You will not find a more calm, sweet, easy going, good natured, cuddly, loves everyone dog, than Bernice! She checks all of these boxes. She has the sweetest temperatment of any dog. She is still playful when around other dogs, calm gentle, and friendly around children and people. She does not jump on people, knows some basic commands, and is just overall the sweetest girl you will ever meet! She does suffer from Glaucoma in one eye, her right eye. She is mostly blind in that eye, but you would never know she doesnt have full vision. Her glaucoma is not painful, and at the moment there isnt anything that needs to be done for her eye. Sadly, people dont see her AMAZINGLY sweet, calm, mellow temperament, because they wont look past her eye.  Bernice has a lot of love to give, and a lot of snuggles ( she could very well be a service dog for emotional support, shes that well behaved, easy and loving). Anyone who spends 5 minutes with her will be in love. Even with her temperament, when shes with dogs, she lights up and enjoys their company, plays very well with them, and takes ques from other dogs. She walks well on leash, crate trained (though she rather be in your bed). Bernice is currently available and would love to have a family of her own who will love her. show less

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Jelly Bean

Australian Kelpie

UPDATE:  Jelly Bean was saved by Paws Rescue League Inc when he was 1 week olf, along with his 9 siblings and mom Lady Lacey. Jelly Bean... show more

UPDATE:  Jelly Bean was saved by Paws Rescue League Inc when he was 1 week olf, along with his 9 siblings and mom Lady Lacey. Jelly Bean was adopted at the age of 9 weeks old. He is currently 9.5 months old. He had been retuned to the rescue, due to lack of time for Jelly Bean. He was in a home with 4 children under the age of 5, and we feel that a home without children, or older children will be the best placement for Jelly Bean.  Jelly Bean is good with other dogs, enjoys playing fetch and getting belly rubs. He has not been cat tested so we are unsure how he would do with cats. He has lived with infants, toddlers, and preschool age children for the last 7 months, he does well with them, but we strongly feel he would do better in a less stimulating, more structured environment where he can learn to be a dog. He is a sweet pooch, and his family do love him dearly, but have decided its not the best placement, and they dont have the time to work on it.   01/20/2022 -  These puppies will grow to be medium to large based on the breeds they are assumed to be, they will need acess to a yard, or multiple daily walks, or hikes to keep them physcially active, and mentally stimulate them so they are happy well rounded dogs. Continued socialization is an important key for all dogs, at all ages. This will help keep them familiar with meeting new dogs, and learn to communicate with other dogs. Message from his first foster " Jelly Bean is an active, inquisitive and brave little puppy, he is the first to explore something new, then his siblings follow", ( foster had him from the age of 1 week - 9 weeks old.) show less

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Jubilee

Airedale Terrier

Jubilee is a 2 month old male full bred Airdale terrier, we saved her and 3 of her siblings from a breeder who was selling them. We want... show more

Jubilee is a 2 month old male full bred Airdale terrier, we saved her and 3 of her siblings from a breeder who was selling them. We wanted to ensure they would find loving, caring furever homes where they would be taken care of and not chained up outside, or dumped later on. Which has been the trend in the south for some time. Jubilee came from a litter of 12 puppies, another rescue took a few of the puppies in to their rescue, and some people bought puppies before we got there to save them. Jubilee is a typical fun loving curious playful little girl, who loves everyone! We named her Jubilee, from X-Men, her brother and sisters that we saved are Logan, Storm, and Rouge  Airdale terriers are large breed dogs. They grow to be between 40-70lbs. They have hair not fur, and are a large breed hypoallergenic dog, like a standard poodle. Their coloring is brown and tan, and all 4 siblings are nearly identical. They are good breed dogs, smart, average energy level, and good with people.  Jubilee and her siblings are only 2 months old, they are good with everyone and they will adjust well in almost any home they go to.Good with dogs, cats and children. These 4 pups will need to go to families who have fenced in yards. Logan is currently working on potty training and crate training. show less

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Luke Wilson

Hound (Unknown Type)

Luke Wilson came in to animal control as a stray, along with Owen Wilson, who we presume to be his brother or of relation. They are roug... show more

Luke Wilson came in to animal control as a stray, along with Owen Wilson, who we presume to be his brother or of relation. They are roughly same age,size, with neatly identical looks.  Both dogs have probably lived most of their short lives on a chain or locked in a kennel, they have worn their front teeth down a bit which is an indication that they were locked/chained and have tried to chew their way through the metal to get out. It is heartbreaking just thinking about it.  Luke LOVES to play with other dogs and has been spening some time at the daycate before he headed to New England. Luke was with his TN foster mom for 2 weeks building up his confidence and showing him what love is and what its like to live INSIDE a home, and have humans who care for you. He loves meeting new people now and showing them love and getting pats from everyone. He has not been cat tested yet, he did well with children and was a bit shy and timid around new people at first, but warms up. He is crate trained, and housebroken, is neutered, utd on all vaccines and vetting. Luke Wilson was adopted on February 23rd 2022, and is being returned to the rescue due to it not being a good fit for Luke or the family. Luke needs a more laid back lifestyle, and no small children. We suggest children 12 years and up. Luke does great with other dogs, we are unsure how he is with cats.  Luke is in need of a foster, foster to adopt, or adopter by 09/16/2022.     show less

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Peppermint Paddy

American Staffordshire Terrier

Peppermint Paddy is a 3 year old female staffy/boxer mix. She is about 48lbs, and is full grown and will not get any bigger. Peppermint... show more

Peppermint Paddy is a 3 year old female staffy/boxer mix. She is about 48lbs, and is full grown and will not get any bigger. Peppermint Paddy has lived a life of pure neglect. When you meet her you would NEVER know, she is so happy to meet everyone and smiling from ear to ear. She is gentle, and sweet, affectionate, and an overall wonderful pooch. I guess we understand why she is as happy as she is, she has finally escaped her living hell.  Peppermint Paddy would get loose occasionally from her owners, and neighbors, and locals would find her, and post her on social media " Found, very sweet sweet baby, someone has to be looking for this doll!" and her owners would come and get her,  this smiling happy girl, who was happy because she was free and got a nice meal from a nice stranger, even if for a short while, she was happy. But her owners would pick her up and throw her back in her outdoor kennel, with her puppies, who were also starving. Peppermint Paddy continued to find ways to get lose. Most likely due to being desperate to find food and water. Her puppies contined to try to drink from her, but her milk had dried up. Lack of food and water, and 6 hungry mouths to feed, her milk supply just wasnt cutting it anymore for the 8 -9 week old puppies who should be eating kibble at this age. Slowly, the puppies began to fade, one after another after another. Finally neighbors had enough, animal control wouldnt save the mom or pups, so they begged the family to allow the dogs to come to rescue. The agreed to place 2 of the puppies in rescue. But they wanted to keep the brindle male puppy, his mom Peppermint Paddy. They refused our offer to fix both the puppy and mom. They refused our pleas for the dogs to need socialization, they refused and said they are staying in the pen, they dont need to be socialized..  Their intention was to breed Peppermint Paddy with her male puppy, to produce more brindle puppies for them to sell.  We have tried multiple times to save both the last puppy, and Peppermint Paddy, finally they gave in and allowed us to take the 3rd puppy. A month went by,  we still continued to try to get them to surrender the mom to us. We couldnt leave her there, the last update we got was she was tied to a tree with so little slack she couldnt lay down, no food, no water, no form of shelter other than the tree.. They had her tied, because she escaped the pen again.  Finally we were told that they were allowing us to take Peppermint Paddy! We didnt waste a moment, we rushed to get her, and get her vetted. She got her freedom ride out of her horrific past or sheer neglect and disregaurd for her life.  Peppermint Paddy is now spayed, and medically up to date, and ready to find a REAL FAMILY,  a family who will love her as much as she will love them.  Peppermint Paddy deserves the best family, and home! We have made a promise to her, to find her, her happy furever after.  show less

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Sally

Shepherd (Unknown Type)

Sally is a 10 week old lab/shepard mix, whos is absolutely adorable! She came to Paws Rescue League Inc. as an owner surrender, when her... show more

Sally is a 10 week old lab/shepard mix, whos is absolutely adorable! She came to Paws Rescue League Inc. as an owner surrender, when her family had an unwanted litter of puppies, due to not fixing mom dog. There were two puppies out of 8 who needed homes, the rest were given away. We were asked to help take 2 of the puppies in. By the time we got there to get them, one of the puppies was given to a family member.  We ended up with little ole Sally! Who has adjusted perfectly with her temporary foster family. She has 2 fur foster siblings, a 60lb dog, and a 30lb dog and she keeps up with them! She sleeps well in her crate, with no accidents, she is working on potty training, and learning her basic commanfs. She is learning to live in a home, and be a big girl! Sally also has some other experiences she is getting used to thanks to her amazing foster family! She is being exposed to her person being in a wheelchair! This is great experience for Sally, it will help her when shes on walks in public places to not be scared by a chair, and possibly other mobile devices, like scooters, strollers, and bikes, it is especially helpful if she is adopted by a family who has a family memeber in a wheel chair. Exposing young puppies to all sorts of things in life prepares them to be the best they can be! Sally is good with other dogs, and all people, she is a snuggle bug and loves to nap with the other dogs, or with her people, on thier lap. She has not been cat tested yet, but she is young enough that adjusting to a home with a cat would be easy for her.  Sally loves to play outdors, with other dogs, her favorite toys is a frisbee! Which is the size of her! Sally will grow to be a large dog, we assume between 40-70lbs. Sally needs a family who will continue with her training. show less

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Woodstock

Boxer

Woodstock, Linus and Lucy came to us from a dire situation. They were in an outdoor pen with their mother and 4 other puppies, 3 of the... show more

Woodstock, Linus and Lucy came to us from a dire situation. They were in an outdoor pen with their mother and 4 other puppies, 3 of the puppies had passed away due to lack of food and water, died of starvation. The puppies were trying to nurse from mom, whos milk had dried up due to her starving as well.  We were told by the family, that they will be sold or used to breed, and will sell the offspring, like what their intention was to do with Woodstock, Linus, Lucy ( and the 3 who died). Woodstock is a 4 month old Boxer mix, who spent the first 9 weeks of his life in a cage outdoors with his mom and siblings, as his siblings and him slowly starved.  Woodstock, Linus and Lucy are the lucky ones, who have been rescued, and we will work tirelessly to find them furever loving homes, where they will never have to worry about not being fed again. They will be loved, and cared for.  (Linus and Lucy have both been adopted!). Woodstock is the most gentlest, sweetest little puppy we have ever met (and we have met ALOT). He isnt as rambunctious as most puppies, he is more mellow, calm, and sweet. He LOVES to be around his people, and be close to them. His bad start at life, we are making sure he will have all the love in the world that he deserves. He is special to us because he is a surivor, him and his siblings Linus and Lucy, whom have been adopted already. Woodstock would love to meet you! Woodstock and his siblings are sweet, loving young puppies, who finally being out of that cage have so much to experience in the big world. Woodstock will be at our Summer event at Petco in Willimantic CT on 08/21/2022! Check out our website for more event details! show less