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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 contactus@powellpaws.org.


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

Hey everyone, PAWS will be at the Dublin Pet Fair this Sunday September 24, from 12-5 at Coffman Park Pavilion! Fletcher will be there from 12-230pm and Xander will be making his appearance from 230-5! There will also be music and food at this fun filled event so make sure to get out there this Sunday🐶 ...

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XANDER
Shepherd Mix
7 years

Hi there! I'm Xander, my foster family loves what a big goofball I am. I am a shepherd mix and about 7 years young! I love playing fetch, going for long walks, scratches behind the ear and cuddling up with the family! My foster mom runs a doggie daycare and I have such a great time playing with other pups but I don't always like sharing my things and would prefer to be the only dog at home. I sometimes get super excited, especially when starting the day, so I am working on my impulse control and my foster mom tells me I'm getting better and better at it everyday! (Must be why I have been getting so many yummy treats!) I cannot wait to meet my forever family, I have so much love to give!
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We've got your dinner now! Head into Raising Cane's on Sawmill Parkway and grab some finger clucking good chicken! 20% proceeds go towards PAWS! Thanks for everyone's support! 🐔 ...

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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!