Piedmont Animal Welfare Society - PAWS

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The financial situation at APS as of June 30, 2007
The last APS budget (2001-2002 prepared by Pat Sanford

Events leading to the construction of the APS shelter

APS Income tax returns:

APS loses solicitation license - Chapel Hill News
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Letter from APS "finance manager" saying that website will be shut down
The APS President's response
An evaluation of her response

Timeline of events and lead of newspaper articles 2001-2004

Problems concerning APS and its operation of the Orange County shelter- CLICK HERE

Editorial: The report to the Orange County commissioners set out a long litany of ills at the shelter (when operated by APS)
Extracts from the Ann Peterson deposition relating to Cramer's intentions regarding APS -
Illegal operation of a veterinarian practice by APS
Statement to BOCC on animal neglect at APS
The APS Personnel Committee's view of Laura Walters

Tall Tales of the APS

We need a boundless ethics which will include the animals
Albert Schweitzer 1875-1965.

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Abraham Lincoln

The Board has little understanding of the financial records ... and other aspects of the Shelter's overall operation.
Virginia Ellington

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive
Sir Walter Scott

Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest
William Shakespeare

PAWS is incorporated as a not-for-profit advocacy and watch-dog organization with the aim of

  • promoting animal welfare

  • assisting in the development of open democratic procedures by animal shelter operators and organizations devoted to animal care and welfare

  • providing a forum for the discussion of various aspects of animal welfare, including the role of County animal facilities and nonprofit shelters.

  • serving as an advocate for at-risk animals.

    Mailing Address PO 428
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    Board of Directors
  • The President, Elliot M. Cramer, is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology in the L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory of the Psychology Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Projects of PAWS
  • APS Democracy Project Lawsuit

  • Animal Cruelty Project


    Friends of the Orange County Animal Shelter

    Orange County Website

    Orange County Animal Services

    Orange County Animal Shelter Animalkind offers spay/neuter certificates for $20 to families in a public assistance program or with a household income of under $20,000. Soren Windram of the New Hope Animal Hospital (490-2000) accepts their certificates.

    Durham Animal Protection Society

    Chatham Animal Rescue

    Wake County SPCA

    Websites: North Carolina Pet Shelters and Animal Rescue


    Piedmont Wildlife Center

    Animal Protection Society of Orange County

    North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare

    Chapel Hill News

    Chapel Hill Herald

    News of Orange

    Mail to: Orange County Animal Shelter

    Mail to: Clerk, Orange County Board of Commissioners

    Mail to: Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) - Regional Office

    Mail to: APS Shelter Manager
    Mail to: Ann Peterson, (effective) President APS

    Last updated April 24, 2008