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North Beach PAWS New Dog Shelter Project Fundraising Campaign at 33% of Goal in Calendar First Year

North Beach PAWS Has Raised More than $825,000 of its $2.5 Million Goal to build A Better Place — A Brand-New Dog Shelter Planned for the Shelter’s Current Property Near Hogan’s Corner

North Beach PAWS has reached 33%, more than $825,000, of its funding goal to Build a Better Place, a new, modern dog shelter. North Beach PAWS officially launched the multi-faceted fundraising campaign in May 2023 to address the overwhelming need in our community for increased shelter services for dogs and puppies.


North Beach PAWS’ current facility, a converted dog grooming center that was never intended to be a shelter, includes just eight rudimentary, outdated opposing kennels with chain link dividers, and continues to contribute to inadequate conditions for the dogs and volunteers. The kennels are not secure for smaller dogs, which need to be housed in crates or carriers, often in common areas. There is poor heating and ventilation, and no space for wellness exams or sick animals. Intake, adoption, and the office are a shared space, and the work areas and storage are limited.


“We are thankful and grateful for the donations we’ve received to date from the community, including businesses and private citizens, but we still have a ways to go,” said North Beach PAWS Vice President and Dog Shelter Project Director Carol Jamroz. “With improving economic indicators, we’re confident that we’ll reach our goal in due time, and we can’t wait to fully fund the project and break ground when that time comes. The dogs and puppies, along with the community and our volunteers, truly deserve a better place.”


The highlight of the fundraising campaign in 2023 came from the late David Minkler, who upon his passing bequeathed his entire estate, worth in excess of $125,000, to North Beach PAWS.


While North Beach PAWS has been able to increase cat shelter capacity to well over 1,000 felines per year, the shelter has only been able to service an average of roughly 180 dogs per year for the past eight years. High surrender and low adoption rates contribute to the hundreds of dogs and puppies we cannot shelter in time.

The new, planned state-of-the-art 3,700-square-foot shelter with 20 kennels will provide excellent housing relief for dogs and help alleviate community need and demand. The new shelter will incorporate the latest kennel technology in stress and noise abatement, a separate intake and isolation area for animal health, a large play yard for exercise and fresh air, and inviting adoption rooms for that all-important meet and greet day.

The new facility will be located on the current campus located at 2222 SR 109 just outside Ocean Shores in Hoquiam. The project is being funded by grants, corporate giving, and small business and private donations. Sponsorship of kennels, rooms, and equipment is available at various donation levels and includes sponsor recognition for their contributions.

Information on the fundraising campaign, the sponsorship and donor levels and recognition, and how to donate can be found at  


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