Animals Helping People . . .
People Helping Animals
PAWS Humane is a non-profit, privately funded, limited-admission animal shelter that focuses on saving our city’s companion animals by providing affordable adoption and spay/neuter services. Our goal is for our community to become one with no more homeless pets by ultimately eliminating the need for euthanasia of healthy, adoptable companion animals.
Our 22,000 square foot facility is beautiful both inside and out and it’s an absolute joy to come to work every morning. Our kennels and cat rooms are spacious and well-furnished. They offer an inviting area for humans to enter and love on the animals inside. In fact, few can resist the indulgence.
We’re making a real difference in Columbus. Our adoption counselors have taken on a more conversational approach to adoption counseling. In fact, we are now truly counseling potential new pet owners rather than acting as gatekeepers. PAWS averaged 117 adoptions per month between January and May, 2015. In the months thereafter, we average 180 animals into their forever homes! One of our goals is to place animals into homes within two weeks after their arrival. We can see our new methods paying off in a reduction of the average stay of 28 days recorded between January and May to an average of 14 days now.
A few months ago we launched a community outreach program that is really beginning to take off. Meeting people face-to-face and developing real relationships is how we will come to understand the needs of those who live in underserved neighborhoods and bring up spay/neuter rates. While national spay/neuter rates average around 85%, underserved neighborhoods report only a 3% rate. All too predictably, our primary target neighborhoods provide by far the largest number of animal control intakes. These folks often cannot afford the high prices of most veterinary clinics and consequently these clinics are not situated near these neighborhoods. Our staff and volunteers go door-to-door to meet with residents and let them know about our services. A generous grant from PetSmart allows us to offer free canine spay/neuters in one neighborhood.
This September we hosted a free rabies vaccination clinic to help us increase the number of vaccinated animals and raise awareness about our services. During that Pets for Life event, we are fortunate to be able to vaccinate 450 animals!
Our high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinic is the jewel in the PAWS crown. Offering affordable spay/neuter surgery is, in my opinion, the single most important component of the “no-kill equation.” Nothing will get a community to “no-kill” faster. We serve individuals, rescue groups and shelters in east Alabama as well as in Georgia.
We couldn’t ask for better partners than Columbus Animal Care and Control (CACC) which is located right next door to our facility. PAWS Humane was founded to help the City of Columbus reduce the euthanasia rate which has plummeted from 86% in 2009 to 30% in 2014. As of July the 2015 rate is 26% and appears it will continue to drop since Best Friends Animal Society awarded CACC a $700,000 grant last August to launch a three year Community Cats program.
It won’t be long before Columbus will be added to the list of 200 “no-kill” communities in the U.S.
Every dollar donated helps PAWS to save more lives and remain the leader in animal welfare and care in the Chattahoochee Valley!
To be the regional leader for animal welfare in adoption, spay/neuter, outreach and education to ultimately create a No Kill Community.
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.
PAWS Humane receives no federal, state or city funding, and relies upon private support and contributions from concerned citizens of our community.