These sweet, beautiful young girls have been here way too long! They have sadly watched other dogs go home with their happy new families over and over again. They just don’t understand why no one wants to take them home. Do you have room in your home and your heart for one of these lovely ladies?

Noelle and Daffodilly are starting to show signs of “kennel stress,” barking in frustration when visitors come by. Willie Mae was so stressed being in the kennel that we had to put her in a temporary foster home. This is not behavior that is likely to continue outside of the shelter. In fact, we’ve seen over and over again how stressed, frustrated dogs in the kennel go home and relax and make the best ever pets!

Odin was one such dog. He was at P.A.W.S. for over a year, arriving as a little puppy. He was suffering from kennel stress to the point that he would not only bark at visitors, but also run in circles in his kennel and obsessively lick the bars. We gave him enrichment time, including exercise, training, four walks a day and love and attention. But it wasn’t enough to relieve his frustration and stress of living in a kennel in solitary confinement.

One day a young man came in and fell in love with Odin. He understood that the behavior he was seeing was stress-induced and would almost surely disappear once he was home and could truly relax for the first time in almost his entire life. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. His new dad sent us pictures of Odin cuddled up to a kitten and said how great he was with kids and other dogs. No one ever would have believed it, if they had met him in his kennel.

Last week I was talking to a woman only to find out that she was the girlfriend of Odin’s dad! She said she loved Odin so much and that he was such a good dog that she had claimed him as “her dog.”

Noelle, Daffodilly and Willie Mae are wonderful dogs, just like Odin. They just need someone to give them a chance to go to a loving home and relax. If you think that might be your home, please stop by P.A.W.S. and meet them, outside their kennels, on a short walk or in the meet and greet room, with a staff member who can tell you all about how wonderful they really are.

P.A.W.S. is located at 123 John Street, Camden. Our website can be found at To reach us by phone call 236-8702. Our hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m,; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Monday.