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Public Animal Welfare Society Inc


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.


Adoptable pets



PO Box 24651 Cleveland OH 44124

440-442-PAWS (7297)

Celebrating our



For over four years, Amy Beichler, Director of PAWS Ohio, (pictured standing to the immediate left of Governor Kasich) fought tirelessly and diligently to pass legislation to make it a FELONY to abuse companion animals. Through dozens of hearings, hundreds of phone calls, and countless hours of interacting with legislators and decision makers, Amy's hard work paid off on June 13th, 2016 with the signing of Goddard's Law. Without her, this bill would have never made it to the floor for a vote. All of us at PAWS want to thank her for her hard work and commitment to this cause. We are proud to have her as our director, our leader, and our friend. Well done, Amy. 
R. Zimmerman - Board Chairman, PAWS Ohio

Congratulations to Amy Beichler, Director of PAWS Ohio, for her Major Role in the Passage of Goddard's Law

PAWS has many events throughout the year to benefit animals and support our mission. 

​​​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 companion 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. 

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



We hope to rehabilitate Frankie and either see him regain more mobility or train to use a cart if his mobility does not improve.  Just like his namesake, Francisco Lindor McSnugglebuns is a champion who doesn't give up and we are not giving up on him either.  
Follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/pawsohio or enter #PAWSOhio into YouTube's search bar for updates and videos of Frankie's progress.

To donate towards the care of Frankie or any of our cats and dogs, click the following link, 
As always, we thank you for your support.  Because of you, we are able to give animals like Frankie a chance for a wonderful life!

Meet the newest member of team PAWS, Francisco Lindor McSnugglebuns, aka Frankie!  This 4 week old baby was found by good samaritans in East Cleveland they called PAWS for help thinking that he may have been attacked by an animal.  Our Associate Director rushed over, grabbed him and drove him straight to a partner vet.  

Their initial findings were that he was probably born with spina bifida because while he has mobility of his rear legs and tail, he doesn't have the muscle development needed to support his one pound frame.  Frankie was covered in fleas so he was given a bath (which he hated) and then snuggled in a warm towel (which he loved) until he fell asleep.  

On October 9th, Frankie began steroid medication to try and relieve any inflammation in his hindquarters and will be seen again by a PAWS partner vet this week for a more comprehensive examination.  Frankie is not in pain or distress, he doesn't even seem to know that he's 'different', he just scoots along...  


Miley was left behind when her owner went into a nursing home - abandoned for at least 17 days with no food or water. She is currently being hospitalized for severe dehydration and malnutrition among other things.

Miley has a 50/50 chance to pull through.

Please keep Miley in your thoughts and consider making a donation to her care.