An average female dog could have 80 puppies over the course of her lifetime. A female cat can have a whopping 180 kittens in her life. In countries with large stray populations, spaying and neutering is the most effective way of reducing the number of stray animals over time and improving the lives of strays.Sterilisation also reduces the number of potentially fatal conditions and diseases, including pyometra and certain cancers.Paws and Whiskers ‘Save a Life, Spay Another Campaign’ raises funds to go directly to this worthy cause. Our adopters can make an optional £25 donation on top of their adoption fee for this cause but anyone can donate for this campaign at any time.Our rescuers, Happy Tails Animal Rescue and The Great Catsby are just as passionate as us about spaying and neutering. See their hard work below.
The Great Catsby, July 2021
The Great Catsby, August 2021
WARNING. The below photos show animals under anaesthesia and with surgery scars
Paws And Whiskers Sussex is a foster-based rescue covering the whole of the U.K. We rescue cats and dogs from all walks of life, including from overseas and those in the U.K looking for new homes. We rescue strays and take in animals whose owners have sadly had to give them up.Each of our animals receive a Vet check up, all of their required vaccinations, are Microchipped, and neutered if they are old enough and healthy enough. We don’t just focus on healthy animals and began our Wonky Paws Club for elderly or disabled animals who are just as deserving of a loving home.All of our animals are cared for in loving foster homes and we do not use kennels as some animals can become stressed in a kennel environment. Once an animal has been fully assessed we begin the search for their perfect family.All of our adopters complete a thorough homecheck process and receive regular follow-up calls. We offer rescue back up for life, meaning if you can no longer care for your P.A.W.S pet we will take them back into our care. We believe that spaying and neutering is the only real solution to the issue of stray animals all over the world. This is why we began our Save a Life, Spay Another campaign, where we offer new adopters the opportunity to donate an extra £25 on top of their adoption fee which will be used to sterilise another animal overseas and improve their quality of life.At P.A.W.S we believe individuals and organisations can work together to improve animal welfare all over the world and that together we can save more paws.
I have experience of owning a variety of animals from dogs and cats to reptiles.The chance to speak to rescues in other countries is the most rewarding part of my position.Outside of rescue I have 2 children and love to travel.
I have experience with dogs of all ages and sizes, and the odd disabled one.My first ever dog was a Romanian rescue, Charlie. He was only supposed to be a foster but I fell in love and couldn’t let him go!Spaying and neutering is the most important thing to me as it's the only way to solve the issue of stray dogs.Outside of rescue I work as an Administrator and have five gorgeous doggies.
I have 5 dogs, all have disabilities varying from a tri-paw, deaf and partially blind and a wheelchair dog. With my own ill health we make a proper wonky pack between us!I've always been interested in canine behaviour, which I've studied at length, with a particular interest in street dogs and their uniqueness and quirks. It's a joy to me to be able to give advice and help people connect with their dogs.
Since rescuing my first dog from overseas 4 years ago, I've thrown myself into animal rescue.My foster team are my extended family and I love bringing together individuals who all have the same passion - saving the lives of many paws. Outside of rescue I am a wife, mum of 2 and work in law. I am a self confessed crazy cat lady (having 12) and also have 2 rescue dogs as well as some small furries!
I’ve always loved animals and grew up with lots of dogs in the family. In 2020, I adopted Dolly, a sassy Romanian rescue, and started fostering and volunteering in rescue shortly after.Playing a part in rescuing cats and dogs is a dream come true. I believe that all animals deserve to feel safe and loved, regardless of their species or where they were born.I am passionate about using social media to make a positive impact and love that my role at P.A.W.S lets me connect with thousands of animal lovers just like us!
Georgina KinzettAccounts Assistant
Hannah SirignanoTransport Assistant
Karen TaylorApplications Assistant
I rescued my first dog Max four years ago and fell madly in love. Since Covid, I work from home a lot so started fostering and absolutely loved it. I’ve been with P.A.W.S from the start. I find it so rewarding, especially with the more nervous or difficult ones. Seeing the change in them when they finally start to trust and settle is amazing.My last foster Ralph fitted in perfectly and we couldn’t bear to let him go so he has now completed our family. We love having adventures together and Ralph absolutely adores his brother!
Kayleigh HowardWelfare Assistant
Lucille Quilo-SullivanAdoptions Assistant
Mel EllisFosters Assistant
I grew up in the Philippines where it was a common thing for my family to pick up stray cats and rescue dogs and I loved being around them. In 2019, I moved to the UK and started to feel sad I don’t have any animals with me. However it became a great alternative to volunteer for P.A.W.S seeing the animals find their forever families brings me great joy and looking I look forward to when I can finally have my own animal to love and care for!
After college, I worked in boarding kennels, where I adopted my heart dog, a Staffie named Kelly.I’d been involved in rescues on and off and took a break when I had my son who’s now 7. We were lucky to find P.A.W.S who judge each situation individually and allowed us to foster. I wanted to do more so joined the team as a volunteer and I'm enjoying every minute of it.My son and I are owned by two cats who are a little bemused by our regular visitors! I also work in the NHS.
Sophie LoftsSocial Media Assistant
I’ve loved and been around animals my whole life. Since my teens I’ve volunteered for various animal rescues and fostered cats and dogs, some with disabilities.I adopted my Romanian dog, Rupert, in 2018 and fit rescue life around my full time job in the NHS and being a mum.Animal rescue will always be passion of mine and I hope to pass this love on to my daughter as she grows. I love how social media can connect us with other animal lovers and the power it has help us advocate for those without a voice of their own.
As a foster-based rescue, Paws & Whiskers simply could not function without our valued Foster Team - they are our MOST important volunteers.It takes a special kind of person to bring a scared ball of fluff into their home and love them like your own pet. You watch them grow in confidence and learn to trust, and then you hand them over to another family. Fostering is a lot of hard work and it can be upsetting when your foster animal leaves for their forever home, but the rewards are incredible.See their stories below and apply to join our Foster Team by completing our application form.We consider all applications, including people in flats and those with young children or other pets.
“Lilly is my first with Paws and Whiskers and I have found them very supportive, especially hearing how the other fosterers are getting on. There’s always someone to help and guide you in a lovely way!”
“There are lots that are very hard to give up, but always another that needs you.”
“There are so many people in the team with such different experiences but we all have one common goal - to help animals. When anyone has a problem or a success or is crying happy tears at their foster being adopted, we all gather round with support.”
“I especially love the nervous dogs! The happy bouncy puppies are great and fun but for me, there's nothing better than watching a little broken soul slowly heal in front of you every day and knowing you played a massive part in that transition.”
At P.A.W.S, we don’t just pick the animals we know will be snapped up instantly. We take in any cat or dog that needs our help. Blind, one-eyed, extremely nervous or maybe just very old - we know that some of the P.A.W.S pack may not be considered as ‘adoptable’ as the rest, but that doesn’t mean they should be left behind. While we believe a forever home is out there for every cat or dog, it usually takes the ‘wonky’ ones longer to find it, meaning they spend much longer in foster. Some members of the club may even stay in our care permanently. This means we have more (and higher) vet bills to pay which, as a new not-for-profit organisation, can be tricky. You can support the Wonky Paws Club by making a donation.Any money donated will be put aside to cover any bills that may come up while these cats and dogs are in our care.
We are grateful for all donations, no matter how small. As a non-profit organisation, every penny we raise goes towards improving the lives of animals.You can make a general donation using the details below, or contribute towards one our causes on this page.BankPaws And Whiskers SussexAccount Number - 02630323Sort Code - 08-71-99Paypalmail@paws-rescue.org(Please select family and friends to avoid charges)
At P.A.W.S, all of our cats and dogs undergo a minimum assessment period in loving foster homes. We pride ourselves on thoroughly assessing all our animals so we can hand-pick the best home possible.We have a five-step application process to make sure we match every animal with their perfect home.
Complete our application form online. You will tell us some basic information about you and your lifestyle. We will make sure you have enough time for a rescue animal and have given some serious thought to adopting.We will complete a home check where we find out more about you, and make sure your home is safe for a rescue pet. We may ask you to make some changes before we can fully approve your applicationOnce your home check has been approved, you will attend a video meeting on Zoom. This is an informal group call with other newly-approved applicants. We will discuss what to expect when you adopt and how to best care for your new pet. You can also ask our behaviour experts any questions.Now comes the exciting part - seeing which animals might be a match for you! We have an exclusive Facebook group where everyone ready to adopt gets a sneak peek of our available animals. Simply email our Adoptions team if you think you have seen your match based on the descriptions given.If we agree that this animal might be the one for you, we’ll put you in touch with their foster. You can speak on the phone, have a video call and arrange to meet your chosen animal. We insist on at least one meeting before you commit to adopting, and two visits if you have young children and are adopting a dog.
If you are interested in adopting with us, please complete our application form and a member of the team will be in touch within three days.
At PAWS we’re not only passionate about spaying in foreign countries. We also want to stop unlicensed UK breeders from profiting from animal cruelty and allowing under-age, non vaccinated puppies to be adopted.Currently someone only needs a dog breeder’s license if they have five or more litters in a year and sell the puppies. Let’s say you have four litters a year, meaning you don’t need a license. Each litter has five puppies and each one is sold at £1,900 each (the average cost of a puppy during the Covid-19 pandemic). This is a yearly income of £38,000 with absolutely no regulations for the welfare of the puppies or their parents. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a massive increase in the demand for puppies and more and more stories are emerging of puppies sadly dying soon after purchase or being much younger than advertised. Often the mums are kept in awful conditions and are seen as breeding machines, given little to no veterinary care.Please help us put a stop to this unnecessary cruelty and promote rescue centres and legitimate dog breeders.We are asking that tighter laws and guidelines are introduced to protect dogs and owners, including but not limited to;•Breeding licenses needed for all dog sales.•Vet records provided by breeders listing vaccinations and health checks carried out for the puppy, mother and father.•Registered breeders subjected to an annual visits by the local authority to check the animals’ living conditions and health. Dogs that are poorly kept are removed immediately and the breeder fined and their license revoked.•A female dog can have two litters in her lifetime, two years apart and must then be spayed.•A pregnant dog must be registered with the local authority with their Microchip number.•Vets must scan a pregnant dog for a Microchip and check it against a database to see if she has been pregnant before. If she has, this must be reported to the local authorities and investigated. Fines to be issued and licenses revoked if she has had more than two litters.•Financial penalties introduced if any dog is found to have been pregnant more than twice or has not been spayed within a safe and reasonable time after giving birth. •Breeders should work with local rescues to provide rescue back up for the life of the dog. •Registered breeders must declare all income to HMRC for tax purposes.•Registered dog breeders must allow natural breeding to occur between dogs and not use tactics such as tying dogs together to force reproduction.We have set up a petition on the Government website, but sadly did not get enough signatures before the petition closed.We hope to run this petition again once we have more support. If you would like to sign the petition when it is activated, please complete the form here.
Our Wonky Paws Club is specially for the less “adoptable” animals we rescue. We do not think an animal should be left behind just because they are elderly or have long term health conditions and disabilities.You can find out more about the Wonky Paws Club and make a donation here.
BOSONThis beautiful boy has been invited into the club as he is one of our oldies at the grand age of 11.Boson was surrendered because his owner was struggling to look after him due to dementia.Boson has been adopted by a friend of his foster family.
Meet our loveable “Wonkies” below
SCOTTY & GEORGIEScotty and Georgie are our very special senior citizens. Scotty is ten and Georgie is eight and, unfortunately, this has put many people off adopting them.These gentlemen have lived together their whole lives. Before they came to us, they were left alone all day, hardly walked and in need of vet treatment. Scotty and Georgie are available for adoption together.
MIKEYMikey is one half of a fab duo with his brother Jake. This cutie has been welcomed into the Wonky Paws Club as he is blind. However, he doesn’t let his disability get in his way! Mikey and his brother Jake are available for adoption together.
CHANCEChance was born with no eyes and a cleft palate. Apart from looking a bit different, Chance is a happy and affectionate little dog, no different from any other! Chance is available for adoption.
SHAYShay was found by one of our volunteers, neglected, malnourished and covered in fleas.A vet check revealed she is between 14-16 years old and is deaf with limited eyesight. Shay will remain as one of our Permanent Fosters.
GEORGIAGeorgia was, and still is, extremely anxious.We’re not entirely sure what Georgia’s life was like before being rescued, but at age six it is likely that she has been through some trauma, so her anxiety is completely understandable. Georgia is available for adoption.
ERICEric found himself in our care after being let down and abandoned at the age of 10. Once in foster, it became clear that he was very ill. He had been left with an untreated infection, causing him to be sick whenever he ate, and was also diagnosed with advanced kidney disease. Eric will remain as one of our Permanent Fosters.
FRANKIEGorgeous Frankie is one of our Romanian rescues. She arrived at the shelter with her left eye missing, however she hasn’t let this hold her back.Frankie was adopted by her foster family.
What are your adoption fees?Cats - £195Dogs - £425Our adoption fee includes a Veterinary health check, relevant medical tests and vaccinations, microchip, flea and worm treatments, and neutering, if of age. Animals from overseas will also have a pet passport. We will review fees individually for older animals, bonded pairs or those with long-term health conditions.Why do you rescue dogs from overseas when there are thousands of rescue dogs in the U.K.?We believe that all animals deserve compassion, regardless of where they were born. The animal welfare laws in some countries exclude stray animals so they have little to no protection against harm and cruelty. We are committed to spay and neuter as many strays as possible so fewer animals are born into a life of uncertainty.Do you have age limits?Yes, we have age limits to ensure everybody’s safety, including our animals. While every application is looked at on a case-by-case basis, as a general rule we cannot consider families with children under three-years-old. Each animal’s advert will clearly say if they can live with children or not.Do I need a garden to adopt a dog?Not necessarily. Some of our dogs require a garden to be the happiest they can be, but others don’t. As long as you can provide regular toilet breaks on a lead, a garden is not a requirement for adoption.Do all of your cats have to be indoor cats?No, some of our cats can spend time outdoors, however this must be introduced slowly. Cats must be kept inside for at least three weeks and ideally up to three months.I live in a flat. Can I still adopt?Yes, we will not reject an application from someone who lives in a flat. However, dog adopters must be able to provide frequent toilet breaks on a harness and lead.Can I adopt if I work?Yes. As a general rule, cats can be left alone for a full working day provided they have enough food, water and toys, and dogs should not be left alone for more than four hours on a regular basis. We assess each animal’s ability to be left alone and will write in their advert if they cannot be left. We recommend taking time off work to settle your new pet in.Why do I have to have six foot fences to adopt a dog?Rescue dogs, especially dogs from overseas may have never lived in a home before their foster home. They may be scared of this new experience and, if spooked, will try to escape. That being said, we assess each application on an individual basis and may make allowances if, for example, you are applying for an older or disabled dog.How do I update my new pet’s microchip details?P.A.W.S will take care of this for you, the admin fee is included in your adoption fee so there is no additional cost. Shortly after your adoption is complete, you will receive an email from our microchip company, PetTrac so you can make an account to update your details in the future. P.A.W.S also keep our details on the microchip as a back up contact in case you forget to update a new address or telephone number in the future.Why do you say not to walk my new dog for the first week?A newly rescued dog does not know who you are and that you mean no harm. The stress hormones from moving from their foster home to your home can take up to three days to leave their system. After this they can start to build a bond with you until they feel safe with you attaching a lead to them. Wearing a lead removes the “flight” option if they become scared so it’s important that they trust you to protect them. Before you’re able to walk your dog you can do all kinds of brain games and training indoors to tire them out. Some research suggests that mental stimulation is even more important than physical exercise for dogs.Walking a new dog may take weeks or even months. We recommend that you go at your dog’s pace and take each step slowly. The first day you may only reach the other side of the front door before your dog wants to go back indoors. The best thing you can do for your dog is to remove them from a situation they find scary and try again another day.What equipment do I need to walk my new dog?We recommend using a secure harness to walk your dog. Harnesses with three-straps tend to be the most escape-proof. The front straps should go around the shoulders and not across the front of them so their movement isn’t limited. There will also be a strap behind the two front legs and another across the belly. For your first few weeks we also advise to use a slip-lead as an extra precaution. Your dog should also wear a flat collar with an I.D tag contain your details as this is required by law.We recommend using a lead made of fabric or rope. Extendable leads are not recommended at all. This is because if you drop the lead, the handle will “chase” the dog as it runs and may cause them to panic and try to run further away. You can buy long fabric training leads which are much safer.Why do you insist on newly adopted dogs wearing a GPS tracker?Even with all the advice above, and no matter hoe careful you are, there is ALWAYS the chance of an accident happening and your dog escaping or running away.Ideally, if this happens, they will have enough a strong enough bond and will run back towards you instead of away from you. Having a GPS tracker fitted to their collar or harness is an extra security measure so that if the worst happens you will know your dog’s whereabouts.Many of our dogs have been street-wise strays and are very good at evading capture.What food should I get for my new pet?We recommend using the same food as your animal’s foster used for the first few days. After this you can gradually begin to add in your chosen brand and slowly phase out the old food. As a general rule, the more natural ingredients in a food, the better it will be.