CAMDEN — P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center has received a $2,000 grant from the Knox County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to purchase necessary medical equipment to better care for the medical needs of the homeless animals in the shelter, according to a news release from the adoption center.

“This grant will help us to purchase some much needed medical equipment and allow our veterinarian to provide more immediate medical care to the animals,” said Shelly Butler, the P.A.W.S. executive director, according to the release. “We have many animals who require more than a basic medical exam upon arrival at the shelter. Being able to further outfit our medical suite with this additional medical equipment, Dr. James, DVM, can immediately begin addressing their needs — ultimately reducing the amount of time the animal waits for medical care and shortens their time in the shelter.”

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, founded in 1974, provides a safe, caring environment for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats until they can be placed with loving families, and to promote humane values in our communities. In addition to caring for the animals, the adoption center also provides community outreach and humane education programs. P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center proudly serves the communities of Camden, Rockport, Belfast, Hope, Lincolnville, Swanville, Islesboro, Liberty, Northport and Searsmont.

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