There are many ways to help the animals at Paws Along the River!

One of our sources of funding is charitable donations from businesses and individuals.  Your donation will help feed and care for animals in need and educate the public on the importance of proper animal care. There are many ways to give to PAWS.   

As a registered 501(c) 3 private non-profit organization, PAWS receives a small percentage of variable funding from the City, Townships, and Boroughs. PAWS relies on community support from people like you. 

Paws Along The River Humane Society of Warren, Pa.  A nonprofit charitable organization, presently located at 212 Elm Street, Warren, Pa.  Tax ID#: (23-7107312)

Donations help cover costs and provide medical care for the homeless and abused animals that come to us every year.  Your donations of supplies, time, and money also help provide resources to educate the public about the proper care of animals and investigate animal cruelty which is an important part of our mission at PAWS.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our community shelter.  PAWS Thrift Shop – Paws & Shop – is a source of income for the shelter. The shop was forced to close due to the State's mandates.  The income from the shop came to a stand-still but the costs and needs of the animals continued. Coming together and helping each other will be our saving grace to include the pets in our community. Many pets in need of daily care, medical care, and even critical care can be supported with your help. 


Click Here to Donate Now and Make a One-Time Gift


As a registered 501(c) 3 private nonprofit organization, donations to PAWS make a real difference. Your tax-deductible gift will be used at PAWS in Warren, PA. By clicking on the “Donate Now” button or words above, you can donate now and your donation will start helping today!


Make Monthly Giving to PAWS Your Legacy

Giving is a necessary life support to non-profit organizations.  PAWS is no different. Your gift helps us save many animals each year. Medical care, shelter, behavior training, and much needed time and love go into these animals here at PAWS.  We are good stewards of your money. 


Click Here to Make Monthly Giving Your Legacy


Thank you for choosing our PAWS MONTHLY GIVING!  Your on-going monthly support will ensure that the homeless animals in Warren County continue to have their needs met and that PAWS can provide the care needed, in any condition they arrive.


Honorarium or Memorial Donation Are Gifts of Love

PAWS celebrates our loved ones and those special pets in our lives with a perfect gift.  Make a donation on behalf of a loved one for occasions such as holiday, birthday, anniversary, memorial, or other events you and your family cherish.  Or pay tribute to a beloved pet.  Tribute and memorial donations and gifts are a special way to honor and remember loved ones or pets or to commemorate a special event or milestone. Select from a number of options to suit your needs and occasion. 



Sponsor A Kennel

The Sponsor-A Kennel contributes directly to the costs of maintaining the kennels for the animals in which they stay while they are at PAWS.  They require daily cleaning, multiple times a day. You decide if you’d like to sponsor a dog or a cat kennel.  A plaque is placed on the kennel with your name or the name of your choosing on it.  


Donate Online Printable Donation Form



Online Donation Form

If you would like to make a recurring donation, please use this button below!


Paws Along The River Humane Society of Warren, Pennsylvania is a non-profit charitable organization, presently located at:
212 Elm Street
Warren, PA 16356
Tax ID# 23-7107312.



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You can help pets in need as a volunteer at PAWS! As a volunteer, you become part of a team committed to providing loving, quality care to pets in need, while also making the community a better place for our pets and their people. Paws Along the River volunteers are the "icing on the cake" for our animals. They are hearty, dedicated, and involved in many aspects of the shelter's daily routines. It takes a responsible person to volunteer because not only will the shelter staff begin to depend on you but so will the animals. Together, we can make a big difference for the animals!


Get Started

Thank you for your interest in helping the animals with your time and talent! Your participation is key to helping homeless and abused pets.

There are many different volunteer needs and are listed below. Please complete the volunteer application to let us know your area of interest and time availability. We’ll contact you to let you know more about orientation and the training process. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.


Volunteer Application Community Service Application Shop Volunteer Application

Volunteer Opportunities

Dog Walking

This is a wonderful program to socialize our dogs and prepare them for a home. A training class is required to become a dog walking volunteer.  The training class is a two-part training time with safety being number one on our list. These are not your family pets at home.  The kennel setting brings out some different behaviors that our volunteers need to understand and be able to adjust their approach. Getting to know our dogs (some may be special needs), walking, petting, brushing, teaching them to sit and shake is priceless in the day-to-day life of a shelter pet. You will also so be assisting staff with enrichment activities which will keep the dog you are working with engaged.  We are looking for a long-term commitment from our dog-walking volunteers. All volunteers are asked for a commitment of  2 hours per month.  Inactive dog walkers (after 30 days) will need to attend another dog-walking class.  You will need to schedule your volunteer time with our office staff.  

Kitty Cuddling

A great opportunity for anyone who has some lap time for a pet. If you have a pet or are not able to own one, kitty cuddling can be for YOU. Socializing our cats can help the cats adjust to their time at the shelter and receive hands-on attention from YOU!  Volunteers wishing to work with our cats, will need to attend a training and safety class, usually only 1 hour of your time.  A commitment of 2 hours a month is required to be a kitty cuddler.  The time spent will help them prepare for a new home and your input will help our staff to match them to a new family. Our Kitty Cuddling time is scheduled in the mornings for one-hour segments and is scheduled with our office staff.  Paws Cats are the best!  Think about giving time to help the animals in Warren County.  

Foster Care Volunteer

Make an immediate and lasting impact on the life of a pet in need as a Foster Care Volunteer. Animals may need foster care for many reasons and your short-term, in-home care can help save lives!

Specialty Needs & Occasional Volunteers

PAWS and the animals have a variety of needs including:

Fundraiser Events:

  • Assist with fundraising events, such as Wild Wind, Softball, Open House, other
  • AM Kennel Cleaner-  Cleaning kennels from 8-11 am is always welcome. Helps staff to do more animals tasks.
  • Special Skills -  Can you provide any contracting skills?
  • Newsletter - Mailings, stuffing envelopes for mailers
  • Recycling- Sorting cans. This may be done whether standing or sitting. Our recycling program started nearly 20 years ago. This important fundraiser makes cents for the animals.
  • Lawn Care, Gardening/Landscaping - Mowing, trimmings, mulching, weeding, helping keep our grounds inviting for visitors
  • Baking and Sewing
  • Special Events                                                                                                                                     
  • If you have the special skills needed for the above jobs, we would love to have your assistance!  Please fill out Volunteer Application and note what your area of choice is.

Host a Fundraiser

You can help the animals with an event at your business, with your own garage sale, lemonade stand, or whatever creative idea you come up with!  If this is something you’d like to do, please call the Executive Director at PAWS at (814) 726-1961 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Paws & Shop Thrift Store Volunteer

You can help the animals by helping at the Paws & Shop Thrift Store!  Our funding comes from a variety of sources including the revenue from Paws & Shop.  There are a variety of different tasks for volunteers at our shop.  If this is for you, please fill out the special Paws & Shop Volunteer Application below.

Shop Volunteer Application

Our wish list below gives everyone a chance to make a difference to the animals at PAWS. Cleaning supplies, food, beds, toys, gift cards, etc. are always needed and appreciated! Make our wishes come true and choose a gift from our list. You can now order from Amazon or Chewy for pet items and have them shipped directly. 

Help even more by shopping online using Amazon Smile or IGIVE for a percentage of your purchases to be donated to PAWS directly. You can also check out our Wishlist. 

 It’s like Christmas every time we receive wish list items!   Thank you!  


Our wish list always includes these items:

Animal Needs:

Purina Chow (must be unopened bag)


Nyla Bones for hard chewers

Dog Collars – small & large

Gallon and sandwich Ziplock Bags

Blankets/Towels (gently used)

Squeak toys

Soft dog toys

Enrichment Supplies:

*Peanut Butter

*Hot Dogs

* Pupperoni treats/Bil-Jac

*Canned Cat Food

*Chicken or Beef Broth/low sodium


* All-natural Apple Sauce 

*Hotdogs, Carrots, & Apples

*Ice Cube Trays (molds for Treats) 

*Canned Pumpkin (not pie filling) 

*Paper towels and Toilet paper rolls (wrapping paper rolls work too! )




Cleaning Supplies:

Dawn Dish Soap

Laundry Soap (any kind)



Clorox Wipes (or any brand)

Comet Cleanser

Odoban cleaner 

Office Supplies:

Copy Paper

White Business Envelopes

Forever Stamps

Manila envelopes – all sizes

Gift Cards:

Gas cards


Tractor Supply


Please note:

We are unable to accept pet medications, comforters, bedspreads, pillows, doghouses, stuffed toys,
open bags of food, newspapers, or shredded newspapers.

If you have gently used items, please consider donating those to Paws And Shop Thrift Boutique.

Many items pet owners use at home are not appropriate or able to be used in an animal shelter.

We appreciate your donations and depend on the public to supply many consumable items we use daily.

We have no choice but to discard items we cannot or do not use, which is a significant expense to the organization.

Join us for events full of fun and you’ll be making a difference for pets in need! 


Michael J. Kolos Memorial Softball Tournament  


Betts Park - Warren, PA
Call: 814-726-1961 for more information
​​​​    ​  ​​​2023 Roster and Information Form 


Dog Obedience Classes

Start the New Year off getting in some lessons for your dog, and chase off some winter bordom along the way!

Sign up today to get your spot before they are gone! 

Dog training classes, Call to find out more! 
Basic Obedience Class 

Click here for Obedience Training Registration and class information and requirements. 

 PAWS Car Wash - Happening Now!

Follett Run Car Wash Fundraiser

Get your dirty car clean and help the animals at PAWS!

Simply enter code 1961 at the Kisok and PAWS win points toward a
$500 prize at the end of the year !


Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival


The benefits of partnering with Paws Along The River are many. More than 69 million U.S. households have pets. Nine out of ten pet owners consider their pets to be part of the family. Honoring the human-animal bond has enormously powerful consumer appeal.

Our corporate partners renew their commitment to support the pets and programs of Paws Along The River on an annual basis. We welcome the financial support of our events and gift-in-kind donations of products and services.

Event Sponsorships

Our sponsorship packages contain the opportunity for visibility within the community through recognition on event collateral, our website, in email marketing, and in social media postings, as well as through media exposure.

Give-Back Partners

Paws Along the River is grateful for ongoing in-kind support from the following companies. They generously support the animals of PAWS throughout the year and we encourage all friends of PAWS and the animals to consider supporting these businesses!

United Refining Company

American Legion Post 135

Kinzua Veterinary Clinic 

A Legacy of Philanthropy

In 1930 a small group of friends who cared about animals founded the Warren County Humane Society. 

We have a rich history, one that is remarkable for our rural location.  We are now Paws Along The River Humane Society and still carry both names. We never want to forget where we have been, it helps light the way to our future. 

Please join PAWS in our journey to provide exceptional animal care for our homeless, abused, and injured animals.  Here are some ways you can be a part of our history.


Plan Your Legacy - A Legacy of Kindness

Tomorrow, what will happen tomorrow?  The only way to know for sure is to put a plan into action.  For thousands of homeless animals every year, there can be no such thing as tomorrow without the kindness and caring that you make possible.  Fortunately, we have friends like you who feel the same way. 





The Paws Along The River's planned giving program ensures that animals who have known hunger, loneliness, and suffering will always have a safe refuge and a brighter tomorrow.  Here, at our special place for animals, every cat, dog, bird, bunny, horse, and barnyard animal will be touched by this work of love and always have friends who are working to keep them happy and healthy.  Through a variety of plans, this program not only empowers you to provide for animals in need but also offers peace of mind and security for you and your family. 

Through planned giving, you can:

  • Generate income now and into the future
  • Reduce taxes
  • Preserve wealth for your family

Your legacy of kindness helps ensure food, shelter, medical care, and homes are provided for animals today as well as in the years to come. 

Click here to request your free copy of “Planning Your Legacy of Kindness To Animals” - a guide to planned giving.


Tax-Wish Giving Strategies

You can save on taxes two ways by donating appreciated stock directly to PAWS.  And if you are 70½ years or older, you can make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA to PAWS.  You may use this gift to satisfy the required minimum distribution from your IRA while reducing your taxable income, even if you don’t itemize. Please check with your financial advisor to confirm your specific circumstances.

Here are a variety of ways to continue your compassionate support for PAWS that may help reduce income taxes, estate taxes, and capital gains taxes.

Paws Along The River Humane Society of Warren, Pa.  A nonprofit charitable organization, presently located at 212 Elm Street, Warren, Pa.  Tax ID#: (23-7107312)

Charitable Distribution from Your IRA

You can use your required minimum distribution (RBD) to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA directly to PAWS, so it does not create taxable income for you. 

You can use your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA directly to Paws Along The River, so it does not create taxable income for you.

Here’s how it works:

  • You must be 70 ½ years or older.
  • An individual may transfer up to a total of $100,000 per year and a married couple may give up to $200,000.
  • Your gift must be transferred directly from the IRA account to Paws Along The River.
  • Your gift is a transfer of funds from your IRA to Paws Along The River, so it does not create taxable income for you and is not considered a charitable tax deduction.
  • The transfer of funds counts towards your annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA.

If you’re interested in this popular way to support Paws Along The River, please contact Paws Executive Director at (814) 726-1961 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Retirement Plan

Retirement plan gifts are popular gift options for many PAWS supporters.  Because retirement plans are taxed differently than most assets, they may actually become a tax liability.  

Many people are surprised to learn that their pension and/or retirement plan can be a practical and even preferential way to help Paws Along The River put dogs, cats, birds horses, and other animals into loving homes.

After all, you need those funds to live on in your golden years.  Right?

Well, don’t forget that your IRA, 401(k), or 403(b) plan has a beneficiary for any funds that you don’t eventually use.  Designating Paws Along the River as a beneficiary for part (or all) of the remaining balance of these funds is a great way to leave a lasting impact on our community.

To designate Paws Along The River as a beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan, life insurance policy, or other financial account, please use the following information:

Paws Along The River Humane Society a nonprofit charitable organization, presently located at 212 Elm Street Warren, Pa. 16365

Tax ID#:  (23-7107312)

Email to yourself

Gift Annuity

Picture this.  You can provide a lifetime of help for a number of animals, all while providing lifetime income for yourself and/or a loved one.   Your one-time gift to Paws Along The River pays you back with fixed and guaranteed income for as long as you live.  Afterward, pets in need will get the full benefit of your generosity. The older you are the larger the return you receive on your annuity gift.  Plus, part of your donation is immediately tax-deductible. If instead of cash, you fund your gift with appreciated property, such as stocks and mutual funds, you can receive additional tax benefits.  You’ll want advice from your legal and financial advisors.

Gifts of Real Estate

When you transfer ownership of real estate to Paws Along The River, you can reduce your taxes by deducting the appraised value of your property from your income tax liability and by avoiding capital gains tax liability.  This kind of gift also removes the property from your estate and relieves you of any future management worries.  If interested in this type of gift, please contact Paws Executive Director at (814) 726-1961 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Gifts of Stock

By giving stock bonds, and mutual funds that have appreciated in value, you may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the stock (up to a maximum of 30% of your adjusted gross income) and avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the values of the stock. Learn More

For example, you give a gift of $5,000 in stock that you purchased for $500. You save $1,350 on your income taxes (if you’re in a 27% tax bracket), and you avoid paying capital gains tax on the $4,500 of appreciation. Attorney to review

Gifts – Will or Trust

After providing for your family, you can leave a specific amount or a percentage of your estate to Paws Along the River.  In order to make such a gift to PAWS, you will want to speak with your attorney and make such written provision in your Will or Trust.  Charitable Lead Trust and Charitable Remainder Trust are additional ways to consider your legacy.  Please contact Paws Executive Director at (814) 726-1961 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Life Insurance

A gift of life insurance is an affordable way to secure tax savings during your lifetime while continuing your support for Paws.

One of the most flexible and inexpensive ways you can make a big difference for the animals in our shelter is with your life insurance policy.  Whether you’re contributing to a policy now, have a paid-up policy, or have employer-provided life insurance, it’s simple to put your insurance to work making pets safer, healthier, and happier.  There are a variety of options.  Through a simple form, you can add Paws Along The River as a beneficiary of the policy in five, ten, fifty, and one hundred percent or any amount you choose.  Another approach is to name Paws Along The River as a secondary or final beneficiary in case someone you are providing for can’t claim his or her portion. 

Additionally, if you name Paws Along The River Humane Society as the owner of the policy, there may be several other significant tax advantages. You may want to consider purchasing a new life insurance policy.  Your small investment will prove to provide a huge impact on the well-being of the animals here locally in Warren. Please contact Paws Executive Director at (814) 726-1961 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gift of Cash and Outright Gifts

This type of gift is simple and eligible for an immediate charitable tax credit.

Click here for Cash and Outright Gift Giving


Donor-Advised Fund

When you give, you want your charitable donations to be as effective as possible.  Donor-advised funds are the fastest-growing charitable giving vehicle in the United States because they are one of the easiest and most tax-advantageous ways to give to charity.  A Donor-Advised Fund is often administered by a financial services company or a community foundation. It allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities, like PAWS.  The new tax code will make DAF’s a great tool for the non-itemizers who wish to bundle their charitable gifts in one year (in order to get the tax deduction) while ensuring that PAWS will continue to receive their annual support.


Please check with your financial advisor to confirm your specific circumstances for all Legacy Gift Giving Options. To learn more about making a gift to PAWS using any of the above giving formats, please contact the Executive Director (814) 726-1961 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Giving & Helping FAQ’s

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  • Once I've made an online gift, how can I make changes to my account i.e. change amount, change my credit card number? +

    It's so easy! Please just call (814) 726-1961. If we receive your change prior to the month's processing deadline we can make the change effective for that month. If not, it will take effect on the following month.

  • What if I need to stop giving. Can I stop whenever I want? +

    Of course! Just call (814) 726-1961. Your cancellation will take place the same month, or the following month, depending upon when we receive your call.

  • When will my credit card first be charged? +

     Monthly charges occur once per month. Your first online gift will be charged to your card on the date that your transaction is made. All subsequent charges will occur on the same date each month.

If you have a question please call PAWS at (814) 726-1961.