The effort to provide shelter for abandoned pets in Madison County began in the late 1980s from a grassroots effort of several citizens who were concerned about stray dogs and cats in the county.
In 1997, the group registered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. In 1998, the county gave the MCPS permission to build a shelter on county-owned land south of the Recycling Center.
The shelter building became a reality because so many in Madison County, Arkansas, gave of their time, talent, and resources. Skilled craftsmen worked at cost or for free, many people donated money and materials, and many more put in hours of sweat.
Board Members 2020
President -- Alice Jackson
Vice-president -- Open
Secretary -- Abby Burnett
Treasurer -- Megan Merriman
Member -- Carol Horton
Member -- Judy Goodwin
Member -- Jan Northcross
Member -- Bonnie Rodgers
Member -- Rhonda Bletsh
Member-- Cindy Thornberry
We changed our name:
In the fall of 2014, the Madison County Pet Shelter, Inc. board voted to change the doing-business-as name to Paws and Claws Pet Shelter. Our DBA name is registered with the Arkansas Secretary of State. The board had two reasons for making this change:
1) To emphasize that the shelter is not a government entity: The pet shelter is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity that relies on private donations to help homeless pets in Madison County, Arkansas.
2) To emphasize the change in management philosophy. The board rejected the conventional, nationwide shelter practice of killing pets to make room. Today, the Paws and Claws Pet Shelter staff finds loving homes for the nearly 500 pets we care for each year. The new name emphasizes the change.