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Mission Statement

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home unwanted dogs and cats; to prevent overpopulation through spay/neuter; to restore dignity, trust and quality of life for neglected, abused and homeless dogs and cats; to find the best home for each dog and cat in our care; to educate adopters and our community on pet care, spaying/neutering, training and suitable animal selection for their lifestyle; to provide a network of resources, volunteers and fosters for animals, animal shelters/pounds and the community.


Paws and Prayers was incorporated as a rescue in July of 2001. We are a network of fosters that help rehabitate animals in the safe and secure setting of a loving foster home.

In the first year over 200 dogs and cats were saved, the second year: 300, the third year: 400, the fourth year: 600 and it has kept going up since then. In this last year, 2011, Paws and Prayers saved 1460 animals.

All the adoption fees and donations go towards food and high medical costs. We have dogs who come in the door needing surgery or puppies who contract parvo or other maladies. We have pets that have been left at the pound due to medical conditions their former owners did not want to pay for, and animals surrendered due to death or infirmity of caretakers. The concept of Paws and Prayers was that a foster can take the animal that touches their heart, nurse and mentor that animal until he/she can find his/her fur-ever home. It has worked over and over again and will continue to work with your help. You can find more information about becoming a foster parent here or donate here to help us continue our work.

And of course, when you are looking for your next pet, please consider a rescue animal!





Average Review 4 reviews

Would you recommend Paws and Prayers?

by jin u. (August 14, 2015)
Good and Bad with this group. I was a volunteer for some time. The good - The group does try to be ethical with pet care and money. They work with community and help a lot of animals. The Bad - Leadership need improvement - Organization seems to allow volunteers to take control and several people within group seem to have a power struggle and this creates internal chaos ( no real structure ). Paws and Prayers also while having an adoption application and when a person applies for a pet, a vet check is supposed to be completed by foster. However, at adoption events animals are adopted out blindly on spot, which defeats the purpose of vet checks and undermines application program.
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by Kathy - F. (September 18, 2013)
Great team of volunteers who allow individuality with tons of support. As a foster I have the ability to choose which animals to foster. The best group of people in Akron!
by Alecia W. (April 18, 2012)
Paws and Prayers operates like a family so in addition to doing wonderful things and helping out animals that wouldn't otherwise have gotten a second chance, you make great friendships! We laugh together, cry together and really have the best support system out there, even outside of pet stuff. If you've been on the fence about working with Paws and Prayers, trust me, leap off onto the other side and feel good about doing some great stuff with some great people! :)
by Barbara S. from Akron, OH (March 17, 2010)
Fostering for Paws and Prayers lets you be part of a fun community of people who all enjoy helping animals. The people are awesome and it's so cool to see the animal you rescued become a part of somebody else's new family. :-)
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