About PAWS

PAWS (Powell Animal Welfare Society) is an all-volunteer, all foster-based dog rescue serving the Columbus, Ohio area. Our volunteers rescue, provide veterinary care and find loving homes for abused, neglected and/or stray dogs from high-kill shelters in Ohio and neighboring states.

PAWS strives to eliminate the needless killing of homeless animals, one dog, one adopter at a time.  We are in need of more loving foster homes for homeless dogs that are rescued from death row.  PAWS can only save a dog if we have a foster home to care for it since we have NO kennel.   Each foster home provides shelter and care, while PAWS provides food, veterinary care (including spay/neuter) and all necessary supplies such as crates, bowls, leashes, collars, etc.

Adoption Application

If you are interested in adopting a dog, please click the link below to download an adoption application. Adobe Acrobate Reader is required to view the application.

Adoption Application

Ready to Go Home

Thanks to partnerships with local vets, all dogs and 8 wk old puppies go home spayed/neutered, vaccinated including rabies vaccination(if over 6 mo.), microchipped, heartworm tested if over 6 mo., on heart worm prevention and wormed a value of over 350.00. You get all that for an adoption fee of $200.00. Effective July 1, 2017 PAWS adoption fee will be $250.00.

Meet a Dog

All our dogs are in foster care, so complete an application, submit it via email and the foster will contact you to meet the dog. You can also email us to request an application. If you have any questions about a dog, email us at

Our Adoption Process

You must be 21 years of age. You must be willing to make a ten- to twenty-year commitment to the dog. We do not adopt out of the state of Ohio or to members of the military. We do not adopt out dogs as gifts. All dogs will be INDOOR companions. You must have a secure fenced yard or be committed to multiple daily leash walks in all kinds of weather (snow, heat, ice, pouring rain, etc.) If you are living in a rental property you must provide written proof of landlord approval and payment of any pet deposit. All current pets in the household MUST be spayed/neutered and current on all shots. Veterinarian references are verified. Our adoption contract legally binds you to provide the dog with proper veterinary care, including a yearly wellness exam, up-to-date required vaccinations and emergency care if necessary. You will also keep the dog on monthly heart worm prevention. Our adoption process intentionally takes several steps and cannot be completed in one day. Expect this process to take 1-2 weeks from the time you submit an application to the time the dog will be in your home. We reserve the right to deny an application without explanation.

Latest News

22 hours ago

Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is hosting an online silent auction from June 17th-24th 2018. We have recently taken in several dogs with medical issues, including a Schnauzer that was hit by a car, Australian Shepherd mix puppies with pneumonia, a Maltese with bladder cancer, two Cairn terrier mixes who were positive for heartworm disease, and a nursing mom with clostridium. This fundraiser will offset some of our recent unexpected medical expenses and allow us to rescue more shelter dogs!

Auction info: The auction will close at 9 pm on 6/24. You can bid on an item by typing your donation amount in the comments section under the item. The bid increment will be $5 for each item (e.g. $30, $35, $40, etc.).

Paying for and getting your item: Auction winners will be tagged on their winning item. Please email to let us know how you want to pick up and pay for your item. You may pay us by cash or check when you pick up your item, or pre-pay using credit card/Paypal through the “donate” link on our website (note the number of the basket you are paying for). Items can be picked up at our Pet People event on Saturday, June 30th between 10 am-12 pm (4010 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065). If that doesn’t work for you, we will individually coordinate a separate drop off or pick up for your items (Columbus area only), or you can pay to have your items shipped (excluding alcohol).

More about PAWS: PAWS is a 100% volunteer, foster-based dog rescue serving the Columbus, Ohio area. PAWS strives to eliminate the needless killing of homeless animals, one dog, and one adopter at a time. Our volunteers care for and find loving homes for abused, neglected and/or stray dogs from high-kill shelters in Ohio and neighboring states. Each foster home provides shelter and care, while PAWS provides food, veterinary care, and all necessary supplies.

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3 days ago

Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

We'll be out at Pet People in Powell this Saturday with some of our adoptable pups - Fletcher, Bugsby, and Bane!

Where: Pet People - 4010 Powell Rd
When: Saturday, June 16th from 10am - 12pm

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6 days ago

Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

ADOPTED 06/2018

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Our Partners


Alleviate the financial stress associated with your pet’s unexpected medical expenses and generate funds for our shelter at the same time! Simply apply for a ShelterCare Pet Insurance Program by using the ShelterCare banner-link. Here’s how it works: ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs cover you when your pet needs essential veterinary care from an illness or injury. Also, every time a completed application for a ShelterCare program is generated through our shelter’s website, we automatically receive a $25 donation to help cover common needs like blankets, litter and food. This donation is of no cost to you and provides us with essential funds. Make the right move and enroll today!