PO Box 24651 Cleveland OH 44124

440-442-PAWS (7297)

Public Animal Welfare Society, Inc.
​​​​PAWS Ohio

Featured Rescue - Lola

Dec. 2015: We were been called upon once again due to a deplorable situation in Adams County concerning 166 animals, both cats and dogs. Dogs ranging from little Chihuahuas to Dobermans that were living in deplorable conditions and suffering physically and emotionally.  

​​​​PAWS Ohio is an Emergency Placement Partner with the Humane Society of the United States

How would you react to people if you had your teeth ground down, had litter(s) of puppies, then were left to die alone in a field with two badly broken legs and a body covered with puncture wounds?  

This is Lola's story...



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Public Animal Welfare Society Inc


​​​Who We Are
The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 1976. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill organization considered to be one of Ohio’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups. 

What We Do

Our Northeastern Ohio based mission is to rescue stray and abused cats and dogs and place them in good homes with loving, caring owners. Once rescued, our volunteers provide foster care for these animals until a forever home can be found. We also provide medical care including spaying and neutering for each of our fostered pets. We are also deeply involved in animal rights advocacy, working closely with legislators and other animal rights groups to bring about permanent changes in the laws that protect animals and punish animal abusers.

What You Can Do

​As a non-profit organization, we depend upon volunteers to help us fulfill our mission and achieve our goals. There are numerous ways for you to help including event volunteering, monetary donations, foster care, providing hands-on care to animals, educating our community, providing administrative support and more. 

PAWS volunteers enjoy a deep sense of satisfaction in contributing to the health and well-being of animals while working alongside others who desire to take action on their behalf. 

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. 
​It’s what you do for others.


Help provide loving care and a temporary, safe and warm place to live for an animal in need until a forever home can be found.

See our list of available dogs and cats needing forever homes.




Adoptable pets