Three members of the P.A.W.S. staff will be attending training this spring thanks to generous scholarship awards.

Executive Director Amie Hutchison has been awarded the Julie Morris Scholarship by the ASPCA. This scholarship fully funds her travel and attendance at the HSUS Animal Care Expo in Daytona Beach, Fla. in May. This annual meeting is the largest convention of its kind.

“I am grateful to the ASPCA for this opportunity and am looking forward to learning best practices from colleagues across the country. I will be learning about new trends in sheltering from experts in their fields and I can’t wait to bring this knowledge back to our community and implement it in our new, John Street home.”

Joelle Albury, director of Development/Volunteer Coordinator and Cathy Powers, assistant director of Operations will be attending the New England Federation of Humane Societies’ 69th annual training conference in Stowe, Vt. on April 13 and 14. Their attendance is being supported through the New England Fed scholarship program. This conference offers multiple tracks of study for the various positions within an animal shelter. While Joelle is in, One Time or Single Day Volunteers, How to Best Use Their Service, Cathy will be taking, In Care Enrichment and Behavior Modification Designed Specifically for Dogs and Cats in an Animal Shelter.

“This is great opportunity for P.A.W.S. to connect with other shelters and learn about their practices,” said Albury. “I am excited to bring back new ideas for our community outreach and volunteer program.”

“I am so proud of our staff for being awarded these scholarships”, said Joe Ryan, president of P.A.W.S. board of Trustees. “One of our goals for the year is to provide high level professional development opportunities for our staff. We know that investing in our staff is an investment in our mission and in the animals in our care. These scholarships enable our training budget to go much farther.”

In addition to providing a safe and caring environment for homeless cats and dogs, P.A.W.S. promotes humane education through community outreach. More information about the adoption center and its services can be found online at or by calling 236-8702.