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Coronavirus (COVID-19) → Updates

Update: April 2nd, 2020

As our environment is rapidly changing and the status of our community changes with the Coronarius by the minute, we want to keep you up to date with the operations at Paws Humane Society. Please know that we are taking every precaution to keep our staff, community, and our animals safe through this pandemic. 

Beginning Saturday, April 4th, Paws Humane Society will temporarily close its facility to the public and will reopen Monday, April 13th. The decision to close follows the announcement of a statewide shelter-in-place order from Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp.

The temporary closure includes the Adoption Center and Veterinary Clinic of Paws Humane Society. Veterinary Clinic clients who have previously scheduled an appointment during this timeframe will be contacted by staff to reschedule.

Although we are closed to the public, the work of Paws Humane is essential and we will continue to provide our animals with high quality care. To limit the number of staff at our facility, the animals housed on our adoption floor will be transferred to emergency foster homes Friday evening. Furthermore, the staff onsite during this time will support our partners, Columbus Animal Care and Control, to ensure that no healthy or treatable companion animal is euthanized due to space at our city municipal shelter.

“This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, based on orders from the city, state and federal officials, in order to best protect our staff and the public, we need to limit the volume of people and the duration of time spent,” said Tricia Montgomery, Paws Humane Society CEO. “Please know that although we remain closed to the public, our staff is working around the clock to care for our Paws pets, as well as, support the City of Columbus and Columbus Animal Care and Control”.

How can you help?

Adopt – Paws Humane Society will remain open for adoptions through Friday, April 3rd 5 p.m. All animals (puppies and kittens included) are just $25 to adopt thanks to the BISSELL Pet Foundation.

Foster – Sign up to become an emergency foster parent by visiting www.pawshumane.org/get-involved. There is a minimum two-week foster commitment with our main needs for medium and large breed dogs. All emergency fosters will be asked to pick up their foster animal between 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 3rd.

Donate – Paws Humane Society has had to cancel prominent fundraising events due to the Covid-19 outbreak. In light of this unfortunate event, Paws Humane is proud to have made it to the Championship Round in March Muttness – a virtual fundraiser where you can support the important work to save helpless animals in the Chattahoochee Valley. To donate, visit www.pawshumane.org or www.marchmuttness.com. The team that raises the most money from Thursday, April 2nd 11 a.m. EST
to Sunday, April 5th 11 p.m. EST will be crowned the March Muttness Champion and receive an
additional $1,000 prize!

Update: March 23rd, 2020

As our environment is rapidly changing and the status of our community changes with the Coronarius by the minute, we want to keep you up to date with the operations at Paws Humane Society. Please know that we are taking every precaution to keep our staff, community, and our animals safe through this pandemic.


At this time, our Adoptions Department is still open. To limit visitors, we are only allowing those seriously interested in adopting to walk around our dog and cat adoption floors.

Veterinary Clinic:

Starting Monday, March 23rd the PHS Veterinary Clinic will begin CURBSIDE ASSISTANCE.

  • Clients will park in the front Vet Clinic parking lot as usual.
  • Please leave your pet in the vehicle and come check in with the receptionist that will be stationed at our front door, then return to your vehicle.
  • Someone will come to your vehicle to complete your paperwork.
  • Please wait in your vehicle with your pet until a member of our clinic staff comes to get your pet for their appointment.
  • Please remain in your vehicle while your pet is examined.

Please note you will not be called in the order you arrived – some people are checking in for surgery, some are here for sick pets, some are here for vaccinations. We are working hard to see all clients and pets as efficiently as possible.

NOTE: We are experiencing a very high volume of calls. Please be patient. Leave a voicemail if your call is not answered and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Volunteer and Community Service:

We have stopped all Volunteering and Community Service.


We are cancelling all community events until further notice.


We are not accepting any owner surrenders at this time.

Coronavirus Outbreak is Uncharted Territory for Paws Humane Society

The board of directors, staff and volunteers of Paws Humane Society are all wrestling with the impact of the unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) on our lives. This is certainly unfamiliar to us all.

Leadership at Paws has created a contingency plan and is consistently monitoring the situation. We are prepared and ready to execute this plan in the event the threat to public health in Muscogee County rises.

Regardless of what happens, there will continue to be a need for us to provide the highest quality care to the animals entrusted to us and to those in our community. Paws will act responsibly while continuing to save the helpless animals in the Chattahoochee Valley.

As Paws continues to be there for the animals, we need you, now more than ever, to be there for us. Adoptions and Veterinary Clinic operations will remain open, however, due to this global pandemic and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, we are canceling all upcoming events until further notice. This includes one of our largest annual event fundraisers, Barks and Blues Festival which raises more than $30,000 to provide high-quality care to our animals.

As a private nonprofit organization, we rely heavily on the generosity of the public during these events. The community support we receive enables us to continue our lifesaving mission day in and day out. As we prepare for the worst (and hope for the best) during these trying times, we are committed to continuing to provide the critical care to those most vulnerable, regardless of the environment around us. We need you now more than ever and are depending on your support.

Your safety and that of our staff, volunteers, and customers is a priority to us. To date, the following actions have been taken to limit exposure to the virus:

  • Volunteer and Community Service program has been suspended to limit the amount of individuals in the shelter
  • Animal intakes are being restricted to at-risk animals from Columbus Animal Care and Control
  • Reducing visitors in pet adoptions to those only seriously looking for a companion
  • Cancellation of all public events and humane education activities

All of these actions, including the postponement of Barks and Blues Festival, will have a negative impact on anticipated revenue sources to serve our mission. No matter what, there will be a constant need for staff to care for the animals. That is an essential service and one we are committed to providing. As such, we are launching the Paws Humane Society Emergency Relief Fund to support operations during this time of crisis including:

  • Admission Services Team to rescue animals from Columbus Animal Care and Control
  • Maintain Veterinarians and support staff onsite for surgeries and emergency care
  • Medicine, pet food and other supplies for animals in our care and foster homes
  • Staff serving animals at our shelter
  • Other essential services to support pets and their owners at this time

Your support during this time of need is critical. We need you now more than ever.

Paws Humane Society and our veterinary clinic are remaining open in support of the community and our great city of Columbus. We are working hand in hand with the city and Columbus Animal Care and Control ensuring we continue our efforts of keeping Columbus no kill.

I know times are hard for everyone. Many people are worried and many are out of jobs, but, as a nonprofit, we live on donations, our efforts truly impact so many. The best thing anyone can possibly do is to make any type of contribution. Food, supplies or monetary, we are on standby for your support.

Tricia Montgomery, CEO Paws Humane Society

Our volunteers contribute to our mission in BIG ways! Just check out the numbers below to see the impact our volunteers helped make in 2019.

Number of vaccinations and microchips provided through our Veterinary Clinic Wellness Program.

Volunteer hours logged.

Pets Adopted

Animals Spayed & Neutered

Thank you to our corporate partners!