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Paws pet boutique is more than just a business, we are passionate about community outreach activities to make a difference. Each year we are committed to raising and donating thousands of dollars to animal welfare charities. Stay in the loop with us here or follow us on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest for the latest.

Here's Ben enjoying his dog cake on one of 'Ben's Cruises for Compassion' we hosted to benefit Animal Legal Defense Fund. This organization rescued our Ben, so it's super important to us to support their work. Click here to read the article in O, The Oprah Magazine about how ALDF rescued Ben and 300+ other dogs from a hoarder.

Upcoming in 2015...

Mark your calendars for these dog-friendly events. 

Lots of Holiday Happenings! 

November 27, 2015 is Black Friday - Check our website for our Big Pet-Lover Special of the day that will be available in-store and on our website. If you subscribe to our weekly email newsletter you'll receive an email with our Black Friday Special! To sign up for emails, see the bottom of this page.

November 28, 2015 - Small Business Saturday - We'll be featuring products we offer from 2 local small businesses! Special pricing available for these products as well as exclusive giveaways with purchases that day. Specials available in-store and on our website that day!

December 3, 2015 - Midnight Madness I - The Annapolis tradition continues with shopping and festivities downtown until 12 midnight. Beginning at 6pm the town will be filled with strolling carolers, good cheer and maybe even Santa Claus. Beautiful decorations make this historic town twinkle. Paws pet boutique hopes to see you and will be offering complimentary refreshments and gift wrapping. And yes, we're open until midnight!

December 10, 2015 - Midnight Madness II - If you missed Midnight Madness I, downtown Annapolis is doing the Madness again until 12 midnight. Here's your chance to get in the holiday spirit and find those unique gifts for those on your list. Thanks for supporting small businesses!

December 17, 2015 - Eleventh Hour - For those who like to leave their holiday shopping until the last minute, this night is for you! Enjoy the holiday decorations and spirit of shopping downtown until 11 pm. We'll have complimentary refreshments and plenty of unique gifts for those on your list. Remember, gift wrapping is free!


 In recent NEWS...

November 18, 2015

Paws pet boutique was honored with a proclamation from Maryland Comptroller Franchot in our store. Receiving this Certificate of Recognition for our small business was quite an honor and exciting experience. We are grateful for our Paws Crew and all our supporters. Thank you!



Sorry if you missed WAG & WINE for a Cause Series

the 4th Friday, May-August 2015...It was a BLAST!

Hudson & Fitz #Pawsliving at Wag & Wine thanks to Victoria

Paws partnered with Great Frogs Winery for these popular dog-friendly Annapolis events. Each Friday featured an animal charity and a raffle. All raffle proceeds and a portion of the wine proceeds were donated to the cause.

We are pleased to share that over $6,000 was raised from the raffles for the 4 featured charties.

Click here for Wag & Wine for a Cause photos from May 22 to benefit Rude Ranch.

Click here to view photos from Wag & Wine to benefit Maryland Westie Rescue on June 26, 2015.

Click here to enjoy photos from Wag & Wine to benefit SPCA of Anne Arundel County on July 24, 2015.

Click here to enjoy images from Wag & Wine to benefit ALDF on August 28, 2015.

For more information on the charities, please visit their websites.

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue

Maryland Westie Rescue 

SPCA of Anne Arundel County

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Additionally, special thanks to Dogwood Acre's Caring Canines who joined us each of these Fridays. The generous raffle prize donation by Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat to each evening was greatly appreciated too!

For more details on how to have your photos featured on this website or in Paws pet boutique emails click here to learn our #Pawsliving campaign!


We've had many special dog-friendly events over the years. Visit Past Events Page. to see more.

Below are a couple that really standout. Thanks for your support...

Ben's Dazzling Auction

To benefit Animal Legal Defense Fund (August 22 to September 7, 2013). $9,400 was raised from Ben's Auction and affiliated donations. Special thanks to Dick Smothers and The Squires Group for their continued support of our fundraising efforts and to all those who help make it happen! For details on past events click here.

Ben's Dog-friendly Waterfront Benefit in 2012!

(below: Dick Smothers of The Smothers Brothers with Michelle, Ben & Larry of Paws pet boutique)

Dick of The Smothers comes to Paws pet boutique  



Ben's Benefit on Sept. 8 supports ALDF









Cruisin' for Compassion

Ben's Waterfront Benefit Bash

Amazing...Thank you! Our September 8, 2012 event sold-out and raised over $14,000 with an additional $10,000 donation from The Squires Group.

This $24,200 donation to Animal Legal Defense Fund will support their efforts to introduce Animal Law through Law Schools, work with District Attorneys to insure animal abusers are charged and convicted of their crimes and represent animals in the legal system when they need a voice!

Our dog Ben and 300+ other dogs were represented by ALDF and removed from horrific conditions with a hoarder. Their work is so important!

Through the generous support of businesses and individuals, the evening offered 80 silent auction prizes, a raffle with Dick Smothers Bike, tasty food and refreshments including a wine tasting by Wine Cellars of Annapolis.  Fortunately the night's festivities were captured by Red Leash Pet Photography. Check back, we'll have the link to the photo video here shortly! Check for photos on our Facebook page too.

Dick Smothers raffles his bike for to benefit the animals


Please patronize the donors that you see listed in our Event Program below...



 Heartfelt thanks to Annapolis IT Staffing company


Thanks again to our alpha sponsors...




Want to still support the cause?
Consider picking up a Ben's Benefit T-shirt while they last. All proceeds donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Bens Benefit Shirts Give Back to the Animals



ben-smiling08.jpgBen's Dog-friendly Cruise for Compassion #5

took place Friday, August 19, 2011 from 7-10 PM

Thanks to you & local businesses $10,800 was raised from Ben's Cruise & Raffle!

Our generous thanks to The Squires Group, an IT Staffing company in Annapolis, who matched $10,000. Amazing!!!

$20,800 was donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund to help stop animal abuse & neglect.

 Red Leash Pet Photography donated their time and talents on Ben's Cruise and created a beautiful Slideshow of the event. You have to check it out by clicking here.

Dan Haas with Ben's Bones entertained us like only they could and so many businesses came forward to donate food or Silent Auction items. We will list all the businesses here shortly. Please patronize them! Red Leash Pet Photography...Augustine's Diamond Boutique, Casa Nova...Stoney River Legendary Steaks...Harry Brownes...Galway Bay Irish Pub...Loews Annapolis Hotel...Carrol's Creek Restaurant...Davis Pub...Broadneck Grill...Garry's Grill...Greater Annapolis Vet...Paws & Possibilities Dog Training...Bowtie Cinemas...Wagging Tail Portraits...Rams Head...South River Golf...Halo Salon...Potato Valley Cafe...Chick and Ruth's Deli and Scotlauer Inn...Varuna Spa & Salon, Stella & Dot Jewelry...Zachary's Jewelers to name a few.

All proceeds donated to Animal Legal Defense Fund who rescued our Jack Russell Ben and continues to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals. Special Thanks to our sponsors...





 ALDF has a brief video of Ben's Cruise #4 festivities and some photos on their blog, which you can get to by clicking here.



We are grateful for all Animal Legal Defense Fund does improve the lives of animals.   Our little Jack Russell terrier, Ben, was rescued, 09bencakew-gs.jpgalong with over 300 other dogs, from a puppy mill/hoarder that had them “living” in unthinkable circumstances. This is one of many court cases initiated by ALDF where they speak on behalf of the animals. Thanks to ALDF, Ben’s court case was won so he and all his former fur friends can now live in homes with love. Unfortunately the work continues, so join us in supporting ALDF.

Learn more at www.aldf.org



In the News

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We are proud and honored that those of you who live and work in our community voted Paws pet boutique "The Best" in What's Up Annapolis magazine's "Best of Annapolis 2007 Awards". Our mission is to provide a spirited, neighborhood- friendly environment where customers find reasonably-priced, quality specialty items that celebrate pets. Along the way we want to improve the lives of as many people and pets as possible through our store, our products, our outreach to pet causes and our website. We will continue to strive to provide you, the customer, the best there is to offer in products, information and service. Thank you!


Paws pet boutique is chosen as #1



Thank you Annapolis! Paws pet boutique was voted the Best Pet Store in What’s Up? Annapolis magazine’s “Best of Annapolis 2006 Awards”.

“…Whether you’re shopping for the pooch or for the feline, Paws provides everything from novel water bowls to custom-made treats, ensuring that when it comes to your pets, they’ve thought of everything.” – What’s Up? Annapolis magazine, June 2006.

With more votes than ever, this year’s survey highlights the best of the best in Annapolis. Paws pet boutique is honored to receive this award.


Paws Sees Stars…Movie that is

The site of Paws pet boutique was chosen as one of the filming locations for the movie “Failure to Launch” starring Sarah Jessica Parker. It was exciting to watch and a pleasure to meet Sarah Jessica.

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