Since its inception, the foundation has rescued, rehabilitated and found homes for thousands of animals.  Shortly after Hurricane Irma devastated the island, Paws came together to rescue the abandoned/stray animals on our island as well as neighboring islands. This culminated in an airlift of over 200 cats and dogs.  This was the largest ever animal evacuation on the island.

Sint Maarten has no animal shelter, nor is there any government assistance for rescue organization budgeted by the island government. After almost 2 years of searching for an affordable location and raising the necessary funds for construction, we recently opened a small adoption center with 6 kennels and a small yard to showcase the dogs and puppies that we have available for adoption. Since space is limited, we rely heavily on a network of foster homes where the animals are nurtured until they find their forever family.

Sint Maarten / Saint Martin is only 37 square miles and the number of potential homes is limited, especially in the wake of the hurricane. For this reason we actively seek and encourage adoptions abroad. Via our social presence on FaceBook as well as a wide network of friends and contacts abroad, you might say that we “specialize” in finding loving forever homes in the United States, Canada and Europe, hence our motto, “Take Home A Friend With Paws”.

We take great pride in trying making a positive difference in the lives of the animals that come into our care. Many have suffered unimaginable hardship and mistreatment, most test positive for a variety of illnesses and parasites: our goal is to help them to make the transition from abused animal to beloved pet with their very own forever home.


At SXM Paws, we foster animals not only to reduce overcrowding in shelters, but to give them a chance to live in a home. By fostering, we learn about the dog or cat’s personality, needs, training level, etc. which allows us to make as accurate a match as possible when it comes time to find a forever family. Go to foster.


Every year 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them. All animals at our shelter are in need of a second chance: lost, given up, or abandoned. By choosing to adopt, you are giving them a new life in a loving home. Go to adopt.


Many of the animals that come into our care have suffered unimaginable hardship and mistreatment. Our goal is to educate our community on the proper treatment of animals, including pet travel information.


Our civilian animal rescue operation recovers animals from substandard conditions, and gives the abused, neglected, malnourished, or abandoned animals every effort to give those animals better lives. This involves removal from an unhealthy environment, veteranary care, and integration into a foster home until the pet is ready to find his/her forever home.


By spaying or neutering your pet, not only are you are helping to control the animal overpopulation crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized, but your pet is guaranteed to live living a longer, healthier life as this helps circumvent many heath and behavioral issues.

Community Volunteer Work

Our volunteers are always looking to help in several key areas. This includes walking, socializing dogs, fostering,  assisting at the Adoption Center and a number of community service initiatives. Go to volunteer.


2 Tray Drive
Cay Bay Road
St. Maarten



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