Animals Helping People . . . People Helping Animals
The mission of PAWS Humane is to prevent overpopulation and suffering of companion animals, teach kindness and respect toward them, and promote the remarkable capacity of pets to enrich human lives. PAWS works daily to reach as many animals as possible and connect them with their forever homes. We rescue companion animals from Columbus Animal Care and Control, as well as those pets surrendered by their owners who can no longer care for them. Our Adoption Center is open to the public seven days a week, and is filled with pets waiting to go home with their new families. We also have pets available for adoption on weekends at PETCO, our local adoption partner. We partner with local businesses and community events for special offsite adoptions. Our Veterinary Clinic provides low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter services targeting low income families and individuals. Our Foster Program places pets in temporary foster homes until they are old enough for adoption or there is space available at the shelter. Our foster families also care for those animals with special needs, as well as learn behavior traits in a home environment. Volunteers are vital to the success of our organization, and our Volunteer Program provides a range of opportunities including behavioral training, offsite adoption events, and pet marketing. Through PAWS to Educate, we provide humane education instruction to the public and in our schools by teaching the fundamentals of responsible pet ownership. Through PAWS to Read, elementary students improve their reading skills in a friendly environment by reading to dogs in schools and libraries. Our PAWS to Heal program partners certified therapy dogs and accredited volunteers to bring powerful healing ability to senior residents in retirement communities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Through AniMeals, we work with Meals on Wheels to provide pet meals to homebound pet owners.
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