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Making a Difference...One Animal at a Time

Watch this 9-minute video to learn about DAWS.


DAWS provides animal rescue and adoption for cats and dogs, a Trap Neuter Return program to sterilize feral cats in our community, low-cost spay/neuter for people who need a low-cost alternative, and a variety of other programs.  Contact us to learn more.

A volunteer Board of Directors sets the strategic direction and policies for DAWS.  The programs are managed by a small staff and a large volunteer corps. 

Pet Adoptions

Our shelter in Bethel, Connecticut, is the temporary home to up to 60 cats and kittens and up to 30 dogs looking for loving safe forever homes. We encourage those interested to stop by and visit during our Open House Hours:

Mon - Fri: 6pm - 8pm

Sat & Sun: 2pm - 4pm

We also coordinate home-to-home adoptions for people who are unable to care for their pets. We maintain lists of people who are looking for homes for their pets as well and attempt to match those animals with prospective adopters when appropriate. Download our Adoption Application.

On Site Spay-Neuter Clinic

We help to control the pet population and so can you. A discounted rate on dog/cat sterilization may be available at our on site spay-neuter clinic.

Read about our shelter clinic.

Animal Rescue Services

Volunteers rescue hundreds of companion animals every year from abandonment and abusive situations. These pets need the safety and shelter of loving homes. Contact us to find out more about rescuing an animal or more about fostering a pet for a short time period while we seek an appropriate home.

Lost Pets

Send us an email at daws@daws.org with information such as sex, detailed description, location lost, contact information, and a picture whenever possible.