PAWS Provides Warm Shelter for City Dogs
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A Rochester man spent Saturday going door to door, braving the snow and cold just to make sure pets are protected this weather.
It's a part of Matt Piccone's passion to start his own non-profit providing animal welfare services or PAWS.
"I'm not in it for a paycheck," said Piccone, PAWS founder.
Piccone works to protect pets almost everyday.
"This is not just going to be a rescue, this is going to be a mission," he said.
Part of his mission is building dog shelters that will create suitable living environments for dogs in the community. Especially on cold days.
"We're getting the two dog houses built for the two dogs we saw just in the city," he said, working from a garage with volunteers.
Piccone and volunteers also go door to door to homes within city limits, letting pet owners know they are here to help.
"I work in the city of Rochester and I see a lot of situations in need of help," he said.
Piccone says he notices many animals are not kept in shelters up to New York State standards.
"We really need to attack this problem aggressively," said Piccone.
His way of doing that is starting his PAWS.
"We step in, we help out, we get shelters to them, we get straw and wood chips, everything they need," said Piccone.
He says the goal of PAWS is to keep dogs out of animal control and with their owners.
"I've had great rapport with them because they brought food, they are doing the shelters and stuff like that and they are doing a really good job, " said Michael Miller, Rochester.
A job, Miller says is necessary to dog owners like him.
"It means a lot. It helps out a lot when it's hard for me to do what I can to take care of my dogs," said Miller.
Piccone says PAWS is on its way to become a not-for-profit. Right now, some of his services cost a small monthly fee. But to him the difference it makes to help end animal suffering, can be huge.
"I'm funding this on my own right now and with the help of the community, we can make this happen. I thoroughly believe that," said Piccone.
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