Helping Paws’ mission is to improve the quality of life for the homeless, needy animals of the community by providing the following services: A safe, caring sanctuary until they can be adopted by loving, responsible families. Spay/Neuter program: All of the shelter’s dogs and cats are spayed or neutered prior to their adoption. Medical care, including initial vaccinations, deworming and blood testing. Nominal adoption fees comparable or less than other shelters. Lost and found program to help reunite dogs and cats with their owners by maintenance of a pet listing. Senior-to-senior program, placing older animals (6 years or more) with qualified senior citizens at no cost to the adopter. Educational programs to make children, teens and adults aware of responsible pet care. This program also encourages high school volunteers involved in direct animal care.