About CAWS

Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS) is a volunteer nonprofit organization that was incorporated with the IRS in 1994. Our purpose is "Working with the Community to Help Animals". We receive no governmental funding, and rely completely on donations. CAWS volunteers give of their time and effort within Utah communities along the Wasatch Front, to:

 ** Provide animal welfare outreach, including animal rescue and a sliding-income-scale spay / neuter / vaccinate program for pets. We do not have a shelter facility, so we go directly to the people, and the animals in need.

** Conduct an ongoing foster and adoption program, including color photos of available cats and dogs on our web site,, and social media, and operating regular (almost every weekend) adoption days at Salt Lake City area PetSmart and Petco adoption centers.

** CAWS animals live in volunteer foster homes until they are adopted. We carefully screen all potential families, do follow-up calls and visits, and require the pet be returned to CAWS if the adopter is unable to keep the pet.

CAWS actively and aggressively encourages spaying / neutering of all pets by:

 ** promoting the benefits of spaying / neutering whenever and wherever CAWS volunteers interact with the public, including distributing fliers with the CAWS phone number to call for help with spay / neuter costs;

** providing  sliding-income-scale financial assistance via a voucher program with participating veterinarians; and ensuring all CAWS cats and dogs are altered before they are adopted.

CAWS provides public education and information regarding the responsibilities of pet ownership by:

** publishing e-newsletters and an annual hard copy newsletter which is distributed with mailings and at adoption days;

 ** providing current and useful pet care information in our adoption folders and at our web site,; and responding to requests for assistance - folks referred to us by veterinarians, PetSmart, other rescue groups or members of the public.

CAWS conduct a feral (non-tame) cat program, called TNR (Trap, Neuter, & Release). The program improves these cat's lives, and also reduces their numbers, by providing to the public:

** the use of quality humane traps, and help with veterinary care, including spay / neuter / vaccinations and other needed care;

 ** advice and training regarding using traps and providing long-term care of feral cats; and

 ** liaison contact assistance with property owners and the community to provide information regarding TNR and to assist in establishing agreements to allow TNR cats to be maintained.

CAWS is registered with the State of Utah as a nonprofit entity is an IRS tax exempt 501(c)(3) charity.

EIN 87-0515959


Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law.

CAWS - Community Animal Welfare Society
Salt Lake City, UT 84103 P.O. BOX 160554 Clearfield, UT 84016 801.328.4731 Privacy

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