Our 2020 Lifesaving Impact
The vision of Paws Humane is to be the regional leader for animal welfare in adoption, spay/neuter, outreach and education to ultimately create a No-Kill Community. Although 2020 was a difficult year for so many, we continued to work towards our vision of a no-kill community by striving to make a difference each and everyday with our lifesaving programs. Together, we served more than 20,000 people and pets in the Chattahoochee Valley and beyond!
Paws Humane not only saves animals from Columbus Animal Care and Control, we also accept surrendered pets for owners who can no longer care for them to prevent overcrowding in our municipal shelters. During the intake process, all the animals at Paws Humane receive physical and medical exams, vaccines, and spay or neuter surgery before being placed in our Adoption or Transport Program.
Paws Humane is the largest companion animal welfare organization in the region and is committed to assuring its community has a comprehensive adoption program that matches close to 2,000 homeless animals with new families every year. There is no time or space limit for any animals in the adoption program.
In addition to partnering with local rescues, Paws Humane works with organizations across the country to transport animals to shelters in high demand of companion pets and create more space at Paws Humane so we can save even more lives. Though 2020 was a hard year for many, it was the official launch of our Transport Program, Embarking Home: Rescues on the Road, where we travelled more than 55,000 miles and found 529 pets new forever homes!
Paws Humane’s Foster Program allows our volunteers to open their homes to puppies and kittens as well as sick, injured, and behaviorally challenged animals while they are preparing for adoption. This provides additional space at the shelter to animals who are ready and available for adoption where there would not otherwise be additional rooms in our shelter available. Once foster animals are rehabilitated or are of appropriate age to be vaccinated and altered, they return to the shelter for placement in the Adoption or Transport program.
Volunteers are vital to the work we do at Paws Humane and we truly appreciate those who are able to donate their time to help the homeless pets of the Chattahoochee Valley. We believe in utilizing skilled volunteers with a passion for giving back to our community and in return, you will experience the reward of seeing lives saved on a daily basis. As a volunteer, you will watch as families become complete and our community moves forward in becoming one of the leaders in our nation’s No-Kill Movement.
Paws Humane is proud to be mirroring the Pets For Life model, a program developed by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that uses innovative outreach strategies to extend animal services, resources, and information to underserved communities. Through Pets for Life, Paws Humane offers outreach services such as free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, educational events that include pet care and training, and humane education. By comprehensively addressing the lack of accessible, affordable pet care in under-served communities, Pets for Life keeps pets in the homes they already have, improving their quality of life and elevating the human-animal bond.
Community cats are the un-owned stray or feral cats who live outdoors in our neighborhoods. The Paws Humane Community Cat Program is the humane, effective way to reduce the number of outdoor cats living on our streets. Humane trapping of community cats, followed by spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and the return of the cats to their communities. Over time, their numbers are reduced. Through Paws Humane, this program is free for Muscogee County residents.
The year 2020 brought all new challenges to the members of the Chattahoochee Valley with the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with the growing need for assistance, Paws Humane hosted three Pet Food Pantries and two Free Rabies Vaccine Clinics with one goal in mind: to stand up for pet owners in need in our community.
Looking to adopt a pet? Visit our shelter today!