The mission of MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter is to provide safe shelter for abandoned, surrendered and lost cats and dogs, to find loving homes for all adoptable animals, to promote responsible pet ownership and reduce overpopulation through spay and neuter services.
We envision a compassionate and educated community where all companion animals live in loving homes.
McPAWs, McCall People for Animal Welfare, an all-volunteer, non-profit, grass-roots organization, was formed in 1998 to assist the City of McCall with operation of the city impound facility for dogs (formerly the only animal control facility in Valley County). Dogs impounded by the City of McCall needed care the police didn’t have time to provide. Citizens came together and made that care their priority— feeding, exercising, and providing clean quarters for the dogs; returning dogs to owners; finding new homes for those who had been abandoned. An organization of dedicated volunteers grew from this grassroots effort.
By 2000, it was apparent that the need was far greater than our ability to meet it. We couldn’t take in dogs from outside city limits and couldn’t take in cats at all. In addition, the small structure which housed the dog pound was scheduled for demolition. It was clear a larger shelter facility was needed.
The Leeta Anderson Animal Foundation (LAAF) offered the use of the former McCall Veterinary Clinic as the location for a future shelter. LAAF also funded a remodel of the facility to meet animal sheltering needs. This unexpected opportunity gave the project much-needed momentum, and the work of shelter design, building re-model, and search for funding sources began to move forward. A Shelter Board of Directors was established, and the acronym McPAWS was dropped to reflect the regional nature of the shelter operation. In 2001 we officially became MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter, serving all of Valley County.
On February 7, 2002 we opened our doors, transferring the two remaining dogs from the old facility. "Build it and they will come" might be our motto. Soon, kennels and cages were filling with dogs and cats from all over the county. In February, 2003, the LAAF generously donated the building and property to MCPAWS. LAAF is not, however, a source of operational funding – the money that keeps us going day to day. Those critically important funds are provided by the cities of McCall and Donnelly, by Valley County, by grant funding, and by the private donations of people like you.
Since 1998, MCPAWS had great expectations of realizing what had been just a hopeful dream – a modern, roomy, shelter facility where love of animals and a sincere commitment to their humane treatment are mandatory. There have been some rocky roads to navigate on this journey, but the wagging tails, happy purrs, and smiling individuals as they adopt a new pet, prove it has been worth it. Be sure to drop by MCPAWS and say hello. Visit our furry friends, become a volunteer, or take home your own new best friend!
Our gratitude goes out to everyone who has supported and continues to support MCPAWS. We need your help now more than ever. With a larger facility, there are more animals to be cared for and placed, plus the reality of day-to-day costs of a shelter operation. Please CLICK HERE if you would like to make a donation to MCPAWS.