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

ADOPTED 02/2018

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Maltese Mix
9 years old

Hi! My name is Sebastian, but my friends call me "Bash". I am a Maltese mix, about nine years old, male and weigh about ten pounds. My foster mom says I don’t seem to shed (but I can’t guarantee!)

My foster mom and dad say I am cute as a button and just as sweet! I like to be with my people all the time and I love to have my head scratched. I even use my paw to encourage you! I am working really hard on my potty training and think I am figuring it out! I really need someone that will be home most of the time and able to keep me on a very good schedule. I need to go outside about every four hours for the best result!

I don’t like to be in my crate, but I will tolerate it for a while. I will sleep in my crate without a peep and no potty breaks as long as I am in the room with my person!

I love to walk around the neighborhood unless I see another dog. I just don’t like to see or be around other dogs; regardless of size, so I need to be the only dog in the family.

I know that if I find my forever family we can work around these issues. I am so sweet and will never leave your side. I will snuggle with you and be your best buddy! I need someone who has the time and patience to work with me so I can be the best I can be! I don't like to be alone, so I will do best in a home where people aren't away all day.

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Adopted 02/2018

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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!