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PAWS Pet Adoption set for Saturday in New Richmond

Visitors to Blue Ribbon Feed and Garden Center will be greeted by pants and purrs on Saturday when PAWS, the Protective Animal Welfare Society of western Wisconsin, hosts it's first New Richmond Pet Adoption Awareness Day.

"This is the first time we'll be in New Richmond," said Shar Patnoe, president of PAWS.

PAWS is a non-profit with the goal of spay/neuter assistance and adoptions.

Adoption Day will run from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday.

Generally volunteers bring six cats and one dog to the event, depending on the animals' personalities.

"It depends on the stress level," Patnoe said. "You don't want to bring an animal that will be stressed out around the crowds."

Saturday's event is free for the public and PAWS will have representatives from Pawsitive Dog Training and Armstrong Veterinary Service to answer pet health questions and to answer dog training questions.

Last fall, the group had an adoption day in Hudson, Patnoe said. It was very successful.

"We had quite the crowd," she said.

Donations of pet food, supplies or monetary donations are always appreciated, Patnoe said.

"The jar is always out," she said.

Animals taken in by PAWS live in foster homes before they're adopted into their "forever" family, she said. The organization does not own a shelter and doesn't have a central adoption facility.

Adoptions are not done on site, Patnoe said. Those wanting to adopt a pet will be required to fill out an application, which will be available at Blue Ribbon on Saturday. References are called before an animal is sent home with someone, Patnoe said.

For more information on PAWS, visit Blue Ribbon Feed and Garden Center is at 575 N. Knowles Avenue in New Richmond.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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