P.A.W.S. has announced a series of virtual online fundraising events for the holiday season and they are asking for the community’s support.

The P.A.W.S. 50/50 Raffle for the Animals kicked off the festivities on Nov. 9 and will close Dec 9, awarding one lucky winner with a jackpot worth 50% of the total amount raised.

With a shelter full of animals and three fundraising events cancelled this year due to COVID-19, this has been an especially challenging year for P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center. The need for support is more urgent than ever.

The Camden-based nonprofit has expanded essential services to include much needed mobile access and emergency services in response to the pandemic, including a pet food pantry and new partnerships with Coastal Healthcare Alliance, New Hope for Women and Penquis to help pet owners in dire need as the pandemic continues. P.A.W.S. also reports more and more animals being surrendered to their shelter every day, in a rapidly changing economy.

With an increased need for services and hundreds of displaced dogs and cats looking to the shelter for help, P.A.W.S. has had to get creative with fund-raising this year.

To purchase entries into the P.A.W.S. 50/50 Raffle for the Animals or to find out more about P.A.W.S. holiday fundraising events, including their upcoming Auction for the Animals Online, visit pawsadoption.org or email events@pawsadoption.org.

All proceeds benefit the animals at P.A.W.S., with food, shelter, preventative care, adoption, and in many cases, life-saving veterinary care.