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PAWS is a volunteer-based, no-kill shelter in the Creston Valley. We are dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned, rescued, surrendered, and abused pets in the Creston Valley (covering RDCK Districts A,B,C, and the Town of Creston).

We educate the public through community outreach. We provide veterinary care, rehabilitation, socialization, and spaying or neutering as required. Community outreach is achieved through education, re-homing assistance, and reuniting lost pets.

PAWS philosophy as a no-kill shelter means that PAWS pets that don’t find their furever homes live out their lives, loved and cared for at the shelter or fostered by volunteers.

We are not affiliated with or funded by the BC SPCA, or any municipal or provincial branch of government. Our funding comes strictly from donations, fundraising, and grants.


"Men have forgotten this truth...but you must not forget it. You become responsible forever for what you have tamed."  
               (‘The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupery)


Featured Pet

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Bucky is a sweet, gentle Red Heeler cattle dog who’s partially deaf. We know Bucky can hear some vehicle sounds, tractors, lawnmowers, and other dog barks if they’re high pitched. Bucky quickly learned sign language when he was living with a professional dog trainer. He's now back at the shelter, where the volunteers will continue reinforcing his sign language knowledge and increase his socialization with people and other dogs - both of which he loves. He's very good on leash and is learning to 'heel'. He knows 'sit', 'come' and 'down' very well. He's now working on 'stay/wait', 'off', 'leave it', 'no', 'touch', and 'watch me'. He's a courageous and busy little fellow despite his hearing challenge and he loves to learn new skills. He doesn’t startle easily or react to being touched for his attention. He loves going for walks and exploring his quiet world – always on leash of course. He's very respectful with cats, but being a pup, still needs reminders not to chase them. He’s crate trained but will bark for a few minutes at bedtime and then settles for the whole night. He will go to the door and mutter a bark when he needs to go out. If you're interested in offering this bit of sweetness a safe home, you'll learn all the communication skills developed to help his transition to his new home and more importantly to bond together.