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About Us

Welcome to Paws Humane Society!

Paws Humane is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of both animals and people as a solution-based community resource for animal welfare by providing high-volume and high quality spay/neuter, rescue and adoption services, volunteer opportunities, outreach, and education.

To serve as an Animal Resource Center uniting people and pets, building partnerships and creating solutions to become a no-kill community.

The mission of Paws Humane Society is to keep pets out of the shelter system and in loving homes.

This is accomplished by:

  • Providing access to affordable veterinary care
  • Pet retention services
  • Humane education
  • Adoption
  • Other life-saving programs

Our Beginning

Established in 2009, Paws Humane Society stands as a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a profound commitment to enhancing the well-being of both animals and humans. Our unwavering dedication to providing vital animal services makes us a cornerstone of our community, tracing our origins back to 1969 when Colonel Syd Sacerdote laid the foundation for the first animal shelter in Muscogee County known as the Muscogee County Humane Society. In 1999, a passionate group of animal advocates came together to form PAWS Columbus. A decade later, the merger of these two dedicated groups gave rise to Paws Humane, Inc., also known as Paws Humane Society. Paws Humane is an independent organization and does not receive support from United Way. Instead, we rely wholeheartedly on the generous contributions from local foundations and individuals in our community.

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What We Offer

Paws Humane proudly serves as a companion animal resource center in the region, dedicated to ensuring the well-being of pets and people in the community.


Paws Humane's adoption program finds homes for nearly 2,000 animals annually.

Veterinary Services

Accessible to all, our veterinary services provide affordable options. Services encompass spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchips, preventative medicine, and more.

Pets for Life

The Pets for Life outreach initiative extends aid to pet owners in underserved areas of Columbus, ensuring support and care for pets in need.

Community Cat Program

Our Community Cat Program compassionately traps, spays/neuters, vaccinates, ear-tips, and returns community cats, employing the humane Trap-Neuter-Return model.

Neighborhood Pet Support

Neighborhood Pet Support prevents pet surrenders by offering assistance in financial hardships, ensuring people and pets stay together through community partnerships and resources.

Foster Care

Empower in-home heroes through foster care for puppies, kittens, and animals needing rehabilitation. After recovery, they find loving homes through adoption.

Paws Training Academy

Paws Training Academy offers affordable solutions to behavioral concerns, strengthening the bond between owners and pets for happier, healthier relationships.

Pet Rehoming

Navigating tough decisions about surrendering your pet is challenging. We offer guidance, support, and explore solutions for a positive outcome.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with Paws Humane to vitalize our mission. Opportunities include dog walking, event support, adoption floor care, bathing, socializing, training, and enrichment.