BELFAST — PAWS Animal Adoption Center has received an unprecedented donation from Belfast Co-op’s Common Cents program for August.

Every day, Co-op shoppers are invited to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar to benefit local nonprofits that serve the greater Belfast community. PAWS received the Co-op’s highest donation ever — $6,974.35 — contributed by its shoppers during the month of August.

“Despite all the challenges of 2021, we are continually seeing more support than in years before for our round-up program,” Jamie Cermak, Co-op marketing manager, said in a news release. “The support for PAWS this month blew us all out of the water with a community donation surpassing all others.

“We’re proud to do our part in supporting our community,” he said.

Having had to cancel numerous fundraisers over the past 15 months because of the pandemic, PAWS Development Director Tabitha Lowe said the group is grateful to local businesses like the Co-op and members of the community who have come together to support the shelter.

“When the pandemic first hit, PAWS added new services such as a pet food pantry and temporary boarding for pets of domestic violence victims,” she said in the press release. “We saw a community in need and felt it was our duty to step up to help in any way we could. We have been so moved by our community to see them doing the same to help us in the ways they can, too. What the Belfast Co-op and the community achieved throughout the month of August for our animal shelter is an amazing example of what this community can do for each other. We are so humbled to be a part of it.”

Established in 1974, PAWS Animal Adoption Center provides care for homeless dogs and cats until they can be placed in permanent, responsible homes. The nonprofit works with the towns of Appleton, Belmont, Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Belfast, Hope, Northport, Searsmont, Liberty, Islesboro and Swanville.