Plainville PAWS continuing to help local animals in need

Published on Friday, 13 May 2022 10:29


PLAINVILLE – Plainville PAWS, a local nonprofit organization which supports Plainville Animal Control, is continuing to help local animals in need and is sponsoring a half-price rabies clinic Saturday, May 21.

The rabies clinic will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Plainville Pound at 29 Grander Lane. Rabies vaccines will be given by Dr. Pamela Shapiro from Ragged Mountain Veterinarian.

“Before the pandemic, we were trying to do this every year around this time of year,” said Donna Weinhofer, executive director of Plainville PAWS and the local animal control officer. “Licensing begins in June and dogs and cats are both required to have rabies vaccines. That’s the whole reason that rabies has mostly been eradicated in humans in this country. Three years ago we were able to offer vaccines at half price for the first 50 people.”

A rabies certificate is required for a pet to receive a three-year vaccine. The clinic is open to everyone; not just Plainville residents. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers. Those bringing their pets to the clinic are asked to remain in their vehicles.

Vaccines will be $10 at the clinic; half the usual price. Plainville PAWS will pay the difference. Only cash will be accepted.

Weinhofer and Plainville PAWS have also recently helped to find a foster home for two cats, Grant and Colby, who were abandoned at the local pound on April 5 in the middle of the night. Neither of the male cats were fixed, so she was able to do this for them before they were brought to Boomer’s Best Buddies rescue.

Weinhofer said that when the cats were found, one of them was “very despondent” from “having their lives turned upside-down.” However, she announced May 10 on the Plainville PAWS Facebook page that both animals have adjusted well since going to their foster home.

“Colby has opened up, he is still as sassy as ever,” she wrote. “Grant is loving being with his new person all the time.”

Plainville PAWS is also continuing to assist Princess, a rescued dog that was found abandoned on Pequot Road late last year. After nursing her back to health, Weinhofer organized a fundraiser to pay for surgery to fix Princess’ broken hip.

“The surgery was pushed back since she got sick, but she’s now going in for surgery on June 8,” said Weinhofer. “We’ve had some interest, but we’re still looking for a permanent home for her.”

Weinhofer also operates the Plainville Pet Food Pantry, which is located at the Plainville Police Department at 19 Neal Court. People can drop off donations during all hours in a donation box in the front of the building.

“The Plainville Pet Food Pantry is doing well and remains up and running in case anyone needs it or is looking to donate,” she said. “We don’t want people to be standing in line at the food pantry just to get food for their pets. You shouldn’t have to choose between feeding yourself or your pet.”

For more information on Plainville PAWS, visit or or call 860-747-1616.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Friday, 13 May 2022 10:29. Updated: Friday, 13 May 2022 10:32.