Published On: Fri, Apr 27th, 2012

Harrah’s Cherokee employees donate to PAWS

     Employee’s at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel continue their partnership with PAWS, a no-kill animal rescue located in Bryson City, Swain County, North Carolina. The employee-giving program offers employees the opportunity to donate to local charities via payroll deductions. The program was started in 2009 with a total of $4,830 donated to date.

     In 1990, a group of people in Swain County, concerned by the number of homeless animals, many in need of medical assistance, founded PAWS as a way to help. In a rural, economically depressed area with no county animal control resources available, PAWS became a volunteer based foster care network that established a low-cost neuter/spay program in collaboration with local veterinarians.  

     Through thrift store sales, grants and private donations, funds were raised to purchase land and an all volunteer crew built the no kill shelter in 1995. PAWS has goals to shelter and find good homes for unwanted and stray animals, to continue their education program in the Swain County School system teaching children responsible and kind animal care, and to provide a low cost spay/neuter certificate program.  PAWS has placed numerous animals in caring homes and continues their mission to provide for animals in need.

     To learn more about PAWS and the programs they offer, or find event information, visit www.pawsbrysoncity.org.

 – Harrah’s Cherokee

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