If you are interested in adopting a dog, please click on the green arrow below to download an adoption application. Adobe Acrobate Reader is required to view the application.
Meet a Dog
All our dogs are in foster care, so complete an application, submit it via email and the foster will contact you to meet the dog.
to request an application or call us if you have any questions about a dog at 614-354-5480.
Ready to Go Home
Thanks to partnerships with local vets, all dogs and 8 week-old puppies go home spayed/neutered, vaccinated (including rabies vaccination if over 6 mo.), microchipped, heartworm tested (if over 6 mo.), on heart-worm prevention and wormed. That's a value of over $350.00. You get all that for an adoption fee of only $200.00.
Our Adoption Process
We appreciate your interest in adopting a dog from PAWS. Our goal is to find these deserving dogs permanent homes with compassionate, responsible people like you that desire a canine companion. Our experience has guided us to set a few conditions that adopters must meet to be eligible to adopt a dog, to help ensure a life-long, mutually rewarding relationship.
Adopters must be at least 21 years of age and willing and able to make a 10 – 20 year commitment to a dog. We adopt primarily to residents of central Ohio. We do not adopt out dogs as gifts. Adopters must agree that dogs are companion animals that live primarily indoors (unless in the company of their human while outdoors). If living in a rental property, potential adopters need to provide written confirmation of landlord approval. All pets currently in one's household must be spayed/neutered, current on vaccinations, and if canine, be on monthly heartworm preventative; we'll verify this with your veterinarian. Our adoption contract legally binds an adopter to provide ongoing appropriate veterinary care, including a yearly wellness exam, updated vaccinations, year-round heartworm preventative, and emergency care as needed. Please note that our adoption process intentionally involves several steps and can not be completed in one day. It typically takes 1–2 weeks from the time we receive your application until a dog is living in your home. We reserve the right to deny any application without explanation.
Note to Adopters
Lassie and Cleo and Rin Tin Tin and Toto don’t show up in rescue. We don’t get the elegantly coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. We get the leftovers. Dogs that other people have incompetently bred, inadequately socialized, ineffectively “trained,” and badly treated. Most Rescue dogs have had it. They’ve been pushed from one lousy situation to another. They’ve never had proper veterinary care, kind and consistent training, or sufficient company. They’ve lived outside, in a crate, or in the basement. They’re scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry. Some are sick. Some have given up.
But we are Rescue and we don’t give up. We never give up on a dog. We know that a dog is a living being, with a spirit and a heart and feelings. Our dogs are not commodities, things, or garbage. They are part of sacred creation and they deserve as much love and care and respect as the next Westminster champion. So please, please don’t come to rescue in the hopes of getting a “bargain,” or indeed of “getting” anything.
Come to Rescue to give, to love, to save a life — and to mend your own spirit. For Rescue will reward you in ways you never thought possible. I can promise you this — a rescue dog will make you a better person.
By Diane Morgan
Alleviate the financial stress associated with your pet's unexpected medical expenses and generate funds for our shelter at the same time! Simply apply for a ShelterCare Pet Insurance Program by using the ShelterCare banner-link. Here's how it works: ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs cover you when your pet needs essential veterinary care from an illness or injury. Also, every time a completed application for a ShelterCare program is generated through our shelter's website, we automatically receive a $25 donation to help cover common needs like blankets, litter and food. This donation is of no cost to you and provides us with essential funds. Make the right move and enroll today!