Paws for Life, Inc. logo | Dog Adoption in MD, PA, DE
PO Box 407
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
(302) 376-PAWS (phone)
(410) 885-5685  (fax)

Paws for Life is located on private property, and is a volunteer-run facility, so appointments MUST be made in order to meet our dogs!

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How is Paws for Life different?

Mission Statement

At Paws for Life, our mission is to rescue loving pet quality dogs from death row at area animal shelters. These dogs are scheduled for euthanasia simply because of lack of space. We provide proper medical care, a loving environment, and whatever time it takes for a dog to find a forever home.  We believe that man’s best friend deserves nothing less than our very best.

Paws for Life was born out of, and is sustained by, a real love for dogs.  The enviable success rate of Paws for Life’s adoptions is due to the intense socialization each dog enjoys before leaving our kennels. 

How does a dog react with children or with other dogs?  Does it chase cats or cars?  Is it high energy, always demanding that a stick or ball be thrown, time after time after time? Or does it prefer a quiet life, and get uncomfortable with too much activity? 

Most rescue operations, as wonderful as they are, do not see their dogs in all these situations.   A five minute visit between prospective family members and a dog who has been in a wire run for days or weeks is scarcely a comprehensive test for a good match. 

At Paws for Life, every dog is brought into a family environment and observed for personality traits.  Some dogs are naturally shyer than others.  Some are more boisterous.  Some will steal food as soon as you turn your back.  Some just want a good tummy rub. 

Many dogs overcome their shyness, a few may even be taught not to steal, but they are all given as much time and love as they need to get ready for placement in a new home.  How much time is enough?  Each dog is different, and at Paws for Life, that is OK.  Bottom line…our love has no expiration date. 

Duchess – rescued from a high kill shelter in Virginia

Shiloh was terrified of people

Dahlia - facing euthanasia due to an overcrowded shelter

Blue did not show well in a shelter because of overcrowding.

Cinder - Lyme's disease and heartworm positive

Rip – was to be put down due to too many black dogs in a local shelter

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Your donation to Paws For Life will allow us to rescue more death row dogs. It's easy to do and you'll get a lick on your nose for doing it!

If you are donating in honor of, or in memory of someone please make sure to notate the person's name on your paypal donation so that we can be sure to apply the donation appropriately.

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