Success Stories
On June 13, 2016 Governor John Kasich signed Goddard’s Law, HB60 into law. The new law went into effect on September 13, 2016. On September 24, 2016 the first abuser was charged under Goddard’s Law. This shows us that this law was desperately needed to protect our companion animals and to send a strong message to protect our companion animals. 

A sweet little dog that PAWS rescued this year, Gizmo, was found in the condition you see on the left picture. She was in very bad shape. Would Goddard’s Law have helped if it was law at the time of Gizmo’s rescue?... we'll never know. But what we do know now, is that dogs like Gizmo can and will be protected now, and PAWS will continue to rescue, treat and find forever homes for animals in need, just like Gizmo.

One cold night in the middle of winter, Laura, a PAWS volunteer, received a desperate phone call from a young man standing in a parking lot in Chagrin Falls. He and his girlfriend had just found a small, black kitten who was meowing hungrily for food and warmth. They were directed to drive the kitten to the volunteer's home immediately, because a kitten outside would never survive the frigid night. The young lady tucked the kitten inside her coat to warm him and the couple raced to Lyndhurst. Upon arrival the volunteer was amazed at how friendly and purry the kitten was, dubbing him Mario (Andretti) because of his little race car purr motor. Mario was soon placed in foster mom Debra's home where he was transported for vet care and neutering, and then loved up for a few days. A local adoptothan was scheduled for the weekend and Mario was to make an appearance. He met his forever family that very day!

My experience with PAWS was positive from start to finish. After seeing Jypsie and Cooper online, a bonded pair, I knew right away they would be my kitties. I sent an inquiry, and within a few hours, I received a phone call from a representative from the organization who wanted to make sure I would be a responsible pet owner (I loved this!). Shortly after that, their foster mom called and we spent an hour chatting about them. I could tell they were being loved and cared for, even though they weren’t yet in their forever home. She told me all about where they were found, their medical histories, the kinds of things they liked and disliked, and how they had been coping in her home. A week later, their foster mom made the two-hour round-trip drive to our house to drop off Jypsie and Cooper. 

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend PAWS to anyone looking to adopt a pet. All of the volunteers are passionate and caring. They have a fervent interest in the well-being of all animals and they want nothing more than to find loving forever homes for all of the pets in their care. As a no-kill shelter, they believe that every precious furry life is deserving of love and affection. Consider adopting a pet from PAWS – as Jypsie, Cooper, and I can attest, it has been a truly purrfect experience! 

Theresa G.
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