Paaws Animals


Antigua’s native ‘Dadli Dogs’ are born survivors. Life on the streets can be tough and they’ve learned to be hardy. Sadly, there are many who desperately need our help. For more than two decades, charity Protect Antiguan Animals with a Smile - PAAWS has provided a safe haven for neglected, abused, injured and abandoned dogs and cats.
Our no-kill shelter and rehoming centre in Parham, a haven to over 80 dogs and cats, has found forever homes for almost 2,000 animals over the years. But with no government funding, our dedicated and hard-working team relies entirely on donations to continue our work.
Dadli Dogs make excellent pets because they’re naturally affectionate, loyal and smart.
Support PAAWS - and make a Dadli Dog smile.
Fully licensed by Dog Registration and Control Authority. Registered Charity March 1996

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Our Vision

PAAWS gives priority care to abandoned, neglected, and/or abused animals. Hosted animals become socialised, leash trained, loved and familiar with a home and yard setting. They receive their vaccinations and, if 5 months or older, are spayed or neutered before being re-homed only to safe and caring homes. At 6 months and older, dogs are micro-chipped according to law.


Success Stories

In the past 12 years PAAWS has helped nearly 2,000 dogs and cats to find new loving & caring homes.

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Dadli dogs and puppies make excellent pets because they are naturally affectionate, loyal and smart. Our beautiful cats and kittens are all litterbox trained, low maintenance and make for great company. Its been scientifically proven that their purring reduces stress! How fabulous is that?!
Please pop down to the shelter and meet our gorgeous furry friends available for adoption who are looking for loving furever homes.
Visitors Welcome Daily 9.30 am – 4 pm.

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We often have orphan tiny puppies and kittens who as they are so young and tiny, are in need of regular feeding and extra tender, loving care.
Its always a great help if a volunteer could foster them as the team are all incredibly busy hands on at the shelter looking after our 80 dogs and cats. It' an incredibly rewarding experience.
We will provide a crate if needed and they can also easily be kept in a bathroom.

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Our Dadli dogs love to be taken for walks. If you have some spare time, our shelter dogs are always grateful for an opportunity to show off – and improve - their social skills and leash training, and increase their chances of finding a forever home. Just remember to bring sunscreen and water.
Our puppies and kittens love cuddles, heaps of love and attention which helps them become socialised. Simply pop down to the shelter, open daily. Volunteering welcome 10 am – 4 pm.

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Pets Profile

View our gorgeous dogs, puppies, cats, kittens who are looking for a family to call their very own.

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Success Stories

Make a difference.

80 Pets in the Shelter
1980 Adopted Animals
45 Members

Team Members

Our wonderful team.

Team Member

Colin Quinn

Shelter Manager

For our nature-loving shelter manager Colin, working with animals was an instinctive transition. He describes his role as “therapeutic” compared to the hectic pace of his previous career as a busy warehouse manager. It’s a few years since Colin’s first pet, a German Shepherd called Gypsy, stole his heart as a child but his love for dogs is just as strong today. He says the best part of his work is witnessing their transformation once settled into the safe and nurturing environment at PAAWS. “When Lottie first came to us she could hardly walk from the gate to her kennel, her eyes were watering and she was filthy,” he adds. “Seeing her now is like looking at a different dog. This is why I love my job.”

Team Member

Latefa Tonge

Animal Care Assistant

With a past career in the security industry, Latefa is a natural protector. Since joining our team, she has greatly enjoyed the animal care training she has received. “It has given me lots more knowledge when it comes to caring for my own pup too,” Latefa says. “I love seeing all the animals’ different personalities and learning about animal behaviour. The best bit of all is seeing them go off to a good home and looking happy.”

Team Member

Lauren Bento

Animal Care Assistant

Lauren’s natural ability to read animals and understand their needs makes her a real asset to the PAAWS team. “It’s the first job I’ve ever had where I’ve been happy to wake up and go to work every day and know I am going to do good,” she says. “When I helped rehome Smokey after two years at the shelter, it felt so nice. The hardest part is you get very attached and it can be hard to see them go.” Lauren, a former restaurant worker, describes herself as a lifelong animal lover. She adds: “At PAAWS I am learning new things every day, like the importance of patience when dealing with a shy animal. Charlie used to be so afraid of people; it’s great to see him approach me now I’ve built up his trust.”

Paaws Animals

Happy Hotel Boarding Services

Going away? Need someone to care for your beloved dog or cat?
Personalized Service to Accommodate the Needs of Your Loved one

  • Single & Double Occupancy
  • Own Fenced Kennel with Dog House
  • Kennel Hygiene maintained throughout the day
  • Yard Play Time Exercise Daily
  • Long & Short Term Stays
  • Cattery
  • Caters for Special Diets
  • Competitive Prices
  • Full Kennel License

  • All boarding funds go towards the crucial running costs of the shelter.
    Open 7 Days. Visiting hours 9.30am - 4 pm

    Please contact us for more details


    Upcoming events at Pawws.


    PAAWS Bingo Fundraiser

    Please join us for an evening of fun, we can't do it without you!
    10 fabulous prizes to be won!  Meals for 2, gift vouchers and much more.
    10 Games @ $5ec per card.
    Mini golf and playground for kids.


    Antigua Dog Show

    Please come and visit our stall and meet some of the PAAWS team.
    Should be a fun day, see you there.


    21st Anniversary Gala Dinner

    Please join us to celebrate our 21st Anniversary!!
    Black Tie, 3 Course Meal (choice of courses), Auction, Music.
    TICKETS $100 USD AVAILABLE AT: South Point Resort in English Harbour & The Larder on Friars Hill in The Royal Palms

    Our Sponsors

    Our valuable sponsors. Without them we couldnt do what we do!

    Get in touch

    If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

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    Phone : +1 (268) 561-1484

    Mobile : +1 (268) 782-1484



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