Needy Paws Rescue: Petropolis Shelter of the Month

When a dog spends an extended period of time in a shelter, it can be extremely detrimental to their health and mental wellness. Between the confined spaces, lack of activity, and loud noises, a dog can easily become overstimulated and stressed. Plus, dogs in shelters are not learning how to live in a home environment, so it’s often difficult for them to make the adjustment after adoption. That’s where foster homes come in. They help get dogs out of the shelter and into homes, making for more well-adjusted dogs ready to take on the challenge of home life.

About Needy Paws Rescue

Needy Paws Rescue is a foster-based rescue based out of St. Louis that pulls dogs from high-risk situations and shelters and places them into foster homes. Being entirely volunteer-run, the rescue relies heavily on the work of their gracious foster parents who put in the work to get their pups adoption-ready.

While getting dogs into homes is important, keeping them in those homes is the goal, so Needy Paws works with adopters throughout the adoption process. Their dogs go to their forever homes fully vetted and spayed or neutered. Then, they teach adopters how to best care for the newest member of their family.

Being a foster-based rescue, Needy Paws operates through donations and weekly adoption events. They also host an annual 6k and one-mile fun run, Paws in the Park, that helps fund the veterinary needs of the dogs in their care.

If you want to open your home to a dog in need, consider fostering for Needy Paws Rescue. 


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