What is PAWS?

The Public Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (PAWS) was founded in 1976. We are a 501(3)(c) non-profit, no-kill organization considered to be one of Ohio’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups. Our mission is to rescue, foster, and adopt companion animals in Northeastern Ohio. 

Additionally, we provide medical treatment for injured or sick animals we take in as well as spaying and neutering services. We are also deeply involved in Animal Welfare Legislation and our Executive Director, Amy Beichler, was the driving force behind the passage of Goddard's Law in 2016 which made it a felony to abuse companion animals in Ohio.

We are a volunteer based organization governed by a Board of Volunteer Directors.  PAWS is managed by an Executive Director and an Associate Director who control the day-to-day operations. Under the Executive Director, we have volunteer coordinators that manage a number of specific departments within PAWS, as well as a host of dedicated volunteers who give their time and efforts to PAWS-related tasks and events.

The PAWS Executive Team

PAWS Board of Directors

Chairman - Rick Zimmerman
Treasurer - Sue Boyle
DirectorsDennis Niermann, Judi Bolinger, 
Dick Bolinger, Nancy Coveleskie, Steve Kotris

PAWS Advisory Board
Elisabeth VanStone, Pam Daly, Parker Keating, Jane Andreasik

PAWS Management Team

Executive Director
- Amy Beichler
Associate Director - Canines - Janet Hanna
Associate Director - Felines - Ken Purdy
Transport Coordinator - Marilyn Graham
Feline Adoption Coordinator - Stephany Vinci
Canine Adoption Coordinator - Pam Orchen
Foster Home Coordinator Canines - Jennifer Hughes
Foster Home Coordinator Felines -  Lisa Hart/Laura Weil
Volunteer Coordinator -
Dan McCroskey

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