About PAWS

PAWS (Powell Animal Welfare Society) is a 501(c)(3),  all-volunteer, foster-based dog rescue serving the Columbus, Ohio area. Our volunteers rescue, provide veterinary care and find loving homes for stray, neglected, and/or abused 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.

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 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