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PAWS - Public Animal Welfare Society

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Fostering is the perfect solution for animal lovers who are not ready for a long-term commitment, but love having a furry friend to nurture and love.

So many dogs and cats have been abandoned and surrendered due to the present day foreclosures. Some people move and simply leave their animals in the empty house without food or water.

One of our dogs was rescued by ladder from an upstairs porch when a good Sam heard a dog crying in his neighbor's abandoned home. "Lucky", as she is called now, was emaciated & dehydrated, being without nourishment for 3 days. She fortunately found her way to PAWS, and thrived in her foster's care till she was adopted.

This is an opportunity for you to provide a loving, temporary home to these homeless cats, kittens, dogs and puppies until they can find their forever homes. PAWS will pay for spaying/neutering and all medical bills. We post all our rescued animals on our website,, which links to Adopt a Pet to find the pet their new forever home. All applicants go through a double screening process prior to adoption.

Please go to our website:, and complete a foster home application. Applicants are then notified if accepted and given instructions as to what is involved in the fostering program.

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About PAWS - Public Animal Welfare Society


P.O. Box 24651, Cleveland, OH 44124, US

Mission Statement

Since 1976 PAWS Ohio has filled a vacuum with our foster based mission to rescue stray and abused animals in Northeast Ohio. PAWS Ohio brings these needy animals into private foster homes providing them with medical care and a safe environment . Once healthy and altered our foster pets are placed up for adoption and placed into their forever home.


The Public Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (PAWS) was founded in 1976. We are a 501(3)(c) non-profit, no-kill organization considered to be one of Ohio’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups. Our mission is to rescue, foster, and adopt companion animals in Northeastern Ohio.

Additionally, we provide medical treatment for injured or sick animals we take in as well as spaying and neutering services. We are also deeply involved in Animal Welfare Legislation and our Executive Director, Amy Beichler, was the driving force behind the passage of Goddard's Law in 2016 which made it a felony to abuse companion animals in Ohio.

We are a volunteer based organization governed by a Board of Volunteer Directors. PAWS is managed by an Executive Director and an Associate Director who control the day-to-day operations. Under the Executive Director, we have volunteer coordinators that manage a number of specific departments within PAWS, as well as a host of dedicated volunteers who give their time and efforts to PAWS-related tasks and events.


We'll work with your schedule.


P.O. Box 24651Cleveland, OH 44124


  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • animal knowledge nice, but not necessary

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