PAWS Ohio - Our Mission

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

For 40 years, our Northeastern Ohio based mission has been to rescue stray and abused cats and dogs and place them in foster homes with loving, caring owners. We also provide them with medical care which includes spaying and neutering. 

And...since we're all about transparency,  you can see our IRS non-profit determination letter below. 

It's one thing to tell you that... it's another to see for yourself what PAWS does, and how our efforts affect the lives of animals and families in our area. Click below to see our Success Stories.

IRS LETTER SUCCESS STORIES

Please Help

At PAWS Ohio, we are not shy about about asking for support. Since 1976, everything we have done to fight against animal abuse, and to rescue, foster, heal, and find forever homes for companion animals has been possible because of of your donations.

It's simple, really... we can't do this without you. Without your support, we can't provide the rescue, foster, medical or adoption services that these animals depend on. Without your support, we can't make the trips down to Columbus to continue to fight for more stringent animal abuse legislation.

Please donate whatever you can. You will always receive a receipt for tax purposes. For donations $100 or more, you will receive a PAWS t-shirt and be added to ourhonorary PAWS LifeSaver Club. Also, check out our SPECIAL NEEDS ANIMALS who are in dire need of your support.
 

PAWS Events

PAWS has many events throughout the year and we want you to know about all of them! Our major events include our Paws 4 A Cause adoption/fundraiser and our 10th Annual Reverse Raffle/Silent Auction fundraiser. 

Additionally, we have many adoption events at local PetSmart stores and many more fun events throughout the year. For more information and to learn more about our events, sign up for our newsletters, and see what's new... click below.
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Spotlight Event

Pet Photos with Santa

Pet Supplies Plus Lyndhurst
5092 Mayfield Rd,

Sat., Dec. 3rd: 11:00 - 4:00
Sat. Dec. 17th: 11:00 - 4:00

Pictures are $5.00 per sitting. (1 print included; each extra print $1.00).  

All proceeds will help PAWS continue its mission to help stray and abused cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. 
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Volunteering

The backbone of every non profit organization is its volunteers. PAWS is a shining example of that. We have so many volunteers who selflessly give their time and efforts to help us achieve our goals and carry on our mission to foster, heal and find forever homes for our rescues. 

We are always in need of more passionate, caring individuals to volunteer their time. If you would like to learn more about the opportunities that PAWS can offer you, please click below.
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Animal Welfare Advocacy

Have you heard of Goddard's Law? Ohio Legislation passed in July, 2016 to make it felony to abuse companion animals was championed by our Executive Director, Amy Beichler. That's her standing right behind Governor Kasich at the historic signing of Goddard's law. The four year fight to get this law passed exemplifies the passion that Amy and the PAWS organization has to protect defenseless animals and prosecute those who abuse them.

We're not done yet. The fight for new and better laws continues. Find out more below.
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Adoptions

We don't have a shelter. We take rescues from the shelters, from the streets, and from abusive environments and place them in our Foster Homes. Our Foster Home Program provides temporary homes for these animals until a forever home can be found. 

The advantage of adopting a fostered animal is that we know all about them already. They have lived with us, so we know their personalities, habits, likes, and dislikes. We can help you find the perfect companion for your home, family, and lifestyle. To find out more, about the adoption process, including fees and applications, please click below.
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Fostering

Every day in thousands of homes across the country, foster families are quietly saving the lives of animals in need by opening their hearts and homes on a temporary basis. The PAWS Foster Home Program provides these animals with a caring, loving environment until their forever homes can be found. We take great care in choosing these foster families to make sure the animals are well cared for.

PAWS is constantly looking for more foster home volunteers to take in the rescues that we bring in.
 
To find out more about becoming a Foster Home Volunteer, please click below.
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Special Needs - Donations

From time to time, PAWS has a very special circumstance where an animal needs very special care to recover from illness or injuries. When this occurs, we will ask for special donations specifically for that animal.

We will feature these animals on our Special Needs page every month as well as our feature special needs animal to the right. You can access our Special Needs page below.
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Miley Needs Your Help

Miley is a was left behind in apartment for over two years being fed scraps every now and then. She was found with no food or water. She had been hospitalized for severe dehydration and malnutrition among other things. She is doing much better but still has a long road ahead of her and will need a great deal of medical care. To donate, please click below. To see pictures of Miley and our other special needs animals, click on the MORE button on the left.
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