PAWS Adoption Center

6302 Crossings Blvd., Monroe, Ohio 45050
Phone: 513-539-PAWS (7297) - Fax: 513-539-8907

Phone: 513-539-PAWS (7297)

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Be a Guardian! Help PAWS pay off our Mortgage!

One of our Guardians has issued a matching challenge to help pay off our mortgage!

This wonderful donor has agreed to match individual donations, 1:1, up to $250,000.

We are so excited about this generous gift and how much this will mean for the animals of Paws and their predecessors!

If you'd like to join our Guardians Capital Campaign, just make your donation here and note that you'd like to participate in the matching challenge! 

Every dollar equals two! Be a Guardian and care for the animals along with us!

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The Progressive Animal Welfare Society, now better known as PAWS, was originally formed by a small group of concerned animal lovers in 1980.

PAWS Animal adoption center Our goal is to establish a dog and cat adoption center that does not utilize euthanasia. In addition to wanting to provide a no-kill alternative, years ago, PAWS’ founders realized the importance of providing spay/neuter and medical treatment for all animals in their care.  

Having established its goals, PAWS moved into an existing dog boarding kennel.  A trailer was added to provide office space and housing for cats.  In 1989, the trailer was replaced by expanding the original kennel, and since then all animals have been housed in the same building. (The picture to the right is from our OLD Middletown Ohio facility, taken in 2010.)  In 2014, after years of planning and hard work, we moved to our new, spacious building in Monroe, OH.  PAWS has operated for over 30 years, maintaining its original goals.

  • PAWS was established as a “no-kill” animal shelter and remains so to this day. Our founders were ahead of their time – few “no-kill” shelters existed over 30 years ago, and today the “no- kill” movement is popular and growing steadily.
  • PAWS salutes the many shelters in this country who are working to make this country a “no-kill” country.
  • PAWS recognizes that no adoptable animal should be euthanized if it can be adopted into a suitable home.
  • PAWS recognizes that no treatable animal should be euthanized. A treatable animal includes any animal that is not adoptable but that could become adoptable, with reasonable efforts.

PAWS recognizes that “unadoptable” or “non-rehabilitatable” means animals that are neither adoptable nor treatable.  This is defined as:

  • Animals that have shown signs of an untreatable behavioral or temperamental concern.
  • Those that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet and,
  • Animals that have shown signs of disease, injury, or congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the animal or that is likely to adversely affect the animal’s health in  the future.

The only reason for euthanasia is when an animal is recognized as “untreatable” or “non-rehabilitatable.”

Since 1980, PAWS has found forever homes for over 12,000 cats and dogs and looks forward to serving you for another 30+ years and beyond. Thank you for supporting our mission.

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