PAWS Ohio - Our Mission

The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded 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, spaying and neutering. 

And...since we're all about transparency,  you can see our IRS non-profit determination letter below. Also check out our "About" page to find out more about PAWS and the people behind the organization

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 on Dog Tales and Cat Tales to see some of our stories.


PAWS & Tails Masquerade Ball

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The PAWS and Tails Charity Masquerade Ball scheduled for October 28th, has been rescheduled for FEBRUARY 17th, 2018. 

We are calling it "For the love of PAWS"

We look forward to seeing all of you in February!

This has shown the absolutely worst of humanity, but also the best. 
I want to thank Sherri O'Connell DiPietro from Dejohn Pet Services for donating a portion of the private cremation services for Nemo who was shot and killed on Monday. 
Timothy Kilgore has been charged under Goddard’s Law and bound over to the Lorain County Grand Jury. I also wish to thank Yalanda Medina, owner of Squad 51 Pet Transport Service for her donated service to pick Nemo up from his home and transport him to one of our partner vets, Dr. Bob; Tremont Animal Clinic who has donated his services for a necropsy for Nemo. She will then transport him, after the necropsy, over to Sherri O'Connell DiPietro who has donated all of her time, and discounted other services for the anonymous donor who stepped forward to pay for the wonderful services Sherrie provides to privately cremate Nemo and to give Nemo dignity in death for the family. 
From my heart, thank you to all the wonderful people who have stepped forward to help Nemo’s family. They can barely function due to the shock and incredible grief that has paralyzed them. Thank you to the BEST OF HUMANITY 

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. We need your support! Find out more below.

Volunteering - We Need Your Help

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.


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.

Fosters - We Need Caring Fosters

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.


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.

One of those very special babies is Nokie.  He’s a little mix breed about three years old. What makes him very special is his incredible will and stubbornness not to let anything hold him down. Believe me, he needs this because he is paralyzed in the hind end...MORE

PAWS helping Hurricane dogs left behind

Foster homes needed for furry Hurricane Harvey victims 
By Laura Bruck

It’s ironic that one of the most joyous moments in my life came in the wake of one of this country’s most devastating events. But watching Hurricane Katrina survivor Maria reunite with her 14-year-old dog Porter is a memory I’ll cherish until my last breath.....  MORE

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