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

Border Collie mix

Hi, my Name is Bugsby, but my foster mom calls me Bugs! She says that I am 55lbs of absolute goof ball and one of the happiest pups she’s met. I think I am just so happy because I enjoy everything about my new life. I love when she throws the tennis ball for me, I always try to bring it back for her. I also enjoy going for walks, playing in the yard with my 4-legged foster brothers, and definitely a good nap. I am beginning to calm down at approximately 3 years so I don’t mind spending my day in the crate, but I would definitely love a backyard that I could romp around and play in.

I was told I resemble a border collie pit mix and you should also know I’m a boy. I might have the energy to prove it, but I also have the intelligence; I have already been taught sit, down, and I am working on my leash skills. I might have two much happy-go-lucky energy for some dogs and really young kids, but I will make the perfect match for the right family.

I hope you will consider giving me a forever home!!!! I don't mind my foster mom's chickens so I think I might do well with other farm animals or cats.

If you are interested in meeting or adopting me, please apply online at!

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2 days ago

Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Bane is still looking for his furever home! We've updated his bio, as well.

If you are interested in meeting Bane, please submit an application at!BANE
Boxer/Mastiff Mix
75 lbs

He is a 75 lb, 3-4 yr old possibly boxer/pitbull/American Bulldog/Mastiff mix that is fixed and crate trained. Bane loves to run, play, and give kisses all day!

Along with being very loving, Bane is very smart and has showed to know a few party tricks like shaking hands also! He needs consistency with someone who is knowledgeable about dog behavior and training. Bane is non-reactive to other dogs but has energy and could be on the pushy side. He is not good with cats.

Bane would would do best in a home without children, due to his energy and size. He is initially uncomfortable around strange men who come into the home, but if they ignore him for a few minutes during the initial greeting, he seems to become comfortable with the new male, and is just fine.

He is a big goofball and would love to find his furever family!

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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!