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 overpopulated shelters in Ohio and neighboring states.

PAWS strives to eliminate the needless euthanasia of homeless animals, one dog, one adopter at a time.  We are in need of more loving foster homes for homeless dogs.  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.

Adoptable PAWS dogs are examined by a veterinarian, spayed/neutered, vaccinated according to our veterinarian’s guidelines, dewormed/fecal tested, and given flea and tick medication and heartworm preventative. Our adoption fee is $250.

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 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 vaccinations. 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 heartworm 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.

Our Partners


The Ohio Pet License Plates are Ohio vehicle registration tags with special pet images.  The purchase of a special image from the BMV raises funds for spay and neuter of dogs and cats at qualifying agencies like humane societies, non-profit dog and cat rescues, and government animal control facilities, helping more homeless animals to find forever homes!

The Kroger Co. Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to the local neighborhoods. Our stores are on a mission to not just be part of, but to help create a stronger community. We recognize that every community has unique causes that need support. By linking your rewards card to PAWS, the more you shop at Kroger, the more money PAWS will receive!  Please remember to refresh your Koger’s rewards card with PAWS each year. Our NPO # is LR307

Visit smile.amazon.com each time you place an Amazon order. The first time you will need to set up PAWS as the beneficiary.
Go to Account->Your Amazon Smile-> and search for Powell Animal Welfare Society as the charity. Or follow this link directly: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-3518961
Each time you shop through this website, PAWS will receive a portion of the proceeds at no cost to you! You must go through the smile version of Amazon (if you shop through the regular amazon.com website it will not donate).

Shop for organic, fair-trade coffee or rescue dog swag (t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs, stickers, etc.) through this Grounds and Hounds Coffee at the following link, and a portion of the proceeds will go to PAWS: https://groundsandhoundscoffee.com/discount/PowellPAWS