North County Paws Cause was founded in the fall of 2010. In our first year, we worked with 237 cats from Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, San Miguel and Shandon.
Last year, we reached the 2,000 spay/neuter mark, preventing the birth of hundreds of thousands of kittens! We also started working closely with SLO County Animal Services to cut the euthanasia rate at the shelter lower than it has been in many years. We continue to rescue, foster and adopt out cats and kittens like Laverne and Shirley pictured here. To keep up with our current activities, be sure to visit our Facebook page.
Our primary mission is to spay and neuter community cats—sometimes called free-roaming cats or feral cats (see article on community cats and what to do about them)—and help low income citizens alter and care for their pet cats. We work with a few supportive, caring veterinary practices. Dr. Bell at North County Animal Hospital is our lead vet—the staff at the practice is skilled, kind and flexible. We are also very happy to be able to count on the services of the staff at El Camino Veterinary Hospital, Veterinary Medical Clinic and Atascadero Pet Hospital and Emergency Center in Atascadero, as well as Paso Petcare in Paso Robles.
We support people who care for community cat colonies by offering spay/neuter options, loaning equipment and providing food when we have it available. We adopt tame cats and kittens as our foster family spacee allows us to do, and we look for safe barn homes for mousers that need relocation. We work cooperatively with a number of local animal welfare partners—you can find out about some of them here.
Paws Cause is an all volunteer team. Just a handful of us run the organization, with an extended network of volunteers who help us with trapping and other activities. We welcome people who want to help!
As a community-supported group, we also welcome donations. Monetary donations are most useful, and we gratefully accept cat food, carriers, traps, crates, bedding and towels and cat toys.