Paws Humane

Friday the 13th: Black Cats, Bad Luck?
May 13, 2011, 7:26 pm
Filed under: Adoptions, Informational


Today is Friday the 13th and I thought it would be a great day to put the spotlight on our black cats. PAWS Humane currently has 6 black cats and a few mixes patiently waiting for loving homes. Velvet, our longest resident cat, is black.  Having the lowest adoption rates and the highest euthanasia rates in animal shelters, they don’t really have the best luck.  The superstition surrounding black cats as being “bad luck” or “the devil” has been around for centuries. It also does not help that their dark color makes them blend in. Owners and advocates of black cats can tell anyone they are some of the most appreciative, loving, and angelic cats there are. Maybe a black shelter cat will get its lucky break today. If you have a black cat let us know why your “little panther” is so amazing!
Some felines of the night in need of adoption:







Welcome back?
March 21, 2011, 10:31 am
Filed under: Adoptions, Informational | Tags: , ,

An animal shelter is one of the few places where it is not really a good thing to say the words “welcome back.”  PAWS puts a lot of time and effort into their adoptions, but of course, they don’t always work out, sometimes due to the pet, but most the time due to the adopter.  Of course, PAWS recognizes that returns will happen so that is why when you adopt from PAWS, you sign a form saying that if for any reason you cannot keep your pet (EDIT-rehoming is required to be done by PAWS, previously I put that the adopter could rehome themselves) then you must return it to PAWS.  Because of this, these sweet babies will be able to have another chance at finding a home, unlike animals from Animal Control, who are immediately put at risk of being destroyed.

A lot of people already have preconceived notions about shelter pets, so when they are shelter pets who have been returned once or twice, people automatically assume that the pet MUST have something wrong with them, which is definitely not the case.  What many people don’t realize is that adopting a pet is not just buying a new toy for your kids or having something to snuggle with.  Adopting a pet should be seen as adopting a child, adopting something that is going to be a part of your family.  You don’t adopt a child assuming they are going to be the best child in the world.  You would assume that it will take time to add another family member into your home, just like you should assume when adopting a pet.  The bottom line is, you shouldn’t adopt a pet just because you WANT one, but because you are ready to actually HAVE one and take care of one.

Here are some pets who have recently returned to PAWS and are still in need of a forever home. If you want more information on these babies or want to see the rest of the pets available at PAWS, visit their Shelter Adoptions page–

Ivan- Returned b/c owner's animal didn't like him

Milo- Returned b/c not good w/ cats

Tido- Returned twice: 1st doesn't get along w/ other animal, 2nd owner's animal didn't get along

Sasha- Returned 3 times: 1st owner became ill, 2nd owner moved, 3rd behavior

Silky (& brother Sable)- Returned twice: 1st owner moving, 2nd family member allergic

Sable- adopted with sister, Silky

Kenny- Returned twice: 1st he was "destructive" (he was a kitten), 2nd owner changed mind

Swipe- Returned owner changed mind

Help us help YOU!
March 15, 2011, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Adoptions, Informational

Unfortunately, one big issue at PAWS is their return rate.  Despite their efforts to find the perfect forever home for their pets, sometimes adoptions don’t always work out.  PAWS realizes that there is always a chance of return, which is why when you adopt, you have to sign a form saying that if such a circumstance should come up, then you will promise to bring the animal back to PAWS where they can find a new home.

One thing they are working on right now is reducing the amount of returns by tackling some of the common reasons for returning.  Animal behavior and unrealistic expectations are two common reasons people give when returning their pet.  One way to take on these issues is by making resources available to adopters, such as how to potty train your dog or how to prevent chewing.

The idea is to make these resources available on the PAWS Humane website, but I’d like to hear from YOU to figure out what some common problems are.  So if you’ve adopted a pet or brought a new pet into your home, let me know what issues you faced.  Did you have issues you didn’t know how to deal with? Were you prepared with everything you needed such as a litter box, toys, etc? Was it hard to introduce your pets to each other? Please leave a comment on here with your questions and suggestions so that they can get this resource page rolling and hopefully reduce the number of unnecessary returns! 🙂

Could you save your pet’s life?
March 12, 2011, 9:28 am
Filed under: Informational

We all heard about the man who administered CPR to a dog when it stopped breathing during their dog training class.  Even though he ended up rehabilitating the dog, he didn’t exactly know how to do it correctly. Here’s the actual video:

Luckily in his case, he did a good enough job to save the dog’s life, but would you be able to do the same? As far as I know, there aren’t any dog CPR courses in Columbus, so here is a good video to show you how to do it properly: 

Save lives for FREE!
March 2, 2011, 11:20 am
Filed under: Informational

Is it possible to save shelter pets without adopting or forking over money? YES! All you have to do is foster!  I’ve noticed many of you have been looking into the No-Kill movement and one of the key ways for Columbus to become no-kill is if we beef up PAWS foster program.  Fostering a shelter pet can have many benefits not only for the pet but also for you.  Here are 11 reasons to foster a pet (the original article just talks about dogs, but I adapted it for cats as well):

1. You increase that pet’s chance of being adopted.

By fostering, you are a link between the pets and their potential homes.  The more information a potential adopter has about an animal, such as behavior and personality, the more likely the animal can be adopted. By being fostered, a dog or cat also has the chance to learn behavior that will make her more appealing to other families. If you foster a dog, for example, you have the ability to transform that barking, out of control mutt at the shelter to a dog someone would be honored to live with.

2. Your own pet will learn more social skills.

Your dog or cat may get along with all animals, but it’s still important for them to be around a variety of pets. If you have your own pet, it’s always important that they stay socialized with not only their own species but even others.  My dog Zoey, for example, is not exactly a fan of other dogs and is very protective over me.  Since she is aggressive, I definitely won’t be fostering any dogs any time soon, but as I continue to socialize her and get her used to other dogs, I could eventually foster so that she can continue to have that positive social interaction.

3. Its a good way to see if you are ready for an additional pet (or even your first one).

It’s not always clear whether a second or third dog or cat would fit in with your family. Sometimes an additional pet is a disaster. Other times it couldn’t be better. With fostering, you have a chance to see whether or not another pet is right for your family. Maybe providing temporary care is better for you instead of adding a new one or getting one for the first time.

4. You help the rescue learn about the pet’s personality.

Like I mentioned before, for potential adopters, knowing an animal’s personality before hand is MUCH more appealing then just guessing by how they are at the shelter.  It’s hard to know much about a pet when they are living in a shelter environment.  Placing dogs in foster homes help rescues learn if the animals like children, beg at the table, chase cats, scared of dogs, bark when crated, know basic commands or have high or low energy. The possibilities of what a foster family will learn about a dog are unlimited.

5. You will appreciate your own pet’s good behavior.

Or maybe you will realize the foster animal is better behaved than your own!  When pets are in a shelter environment, it’s easy for them to pick up on the bad behaviors of the animals around them.  For example, a quiet dog that doesn’t bark, might pick up the habit after being next to a dog that is always barking.  When in a foster home, it’s easier for them to recognize good behaviors (of course you have to let them know when they are good), especially if you have a pet at home that is good.

6. You are saving a pet’s life.

Many rescues (like PAWS Humane) are full to their limits and cannot take in more dogs until additional foster homes open up.  The most common complaint I hear about PAWS is that they can’t always take in every animal, but they could if they had more foster homes.  PAWS provides the food for the duration of the pet’s stay and if anything is needed medically, all you have to do is take your pet to the PAWS clinic (no cost to you!).

7. Many animal shelters can’t function without foster homes.

Fortunately, PAWS is able to have a beautiful shelter for their pets, but there are plenty of shelters out there who don’t even have a physical shelter and they depend fully upon their foster program.

8. You might end up with a new family member.

Many foster families realize the pet they are fostering is a perfect fit for their family. This is a happy ending for both the pet and humans. If you don’t foster, then you will never know what you are missing. You might never meet that special pet that could add to your life.

9. The pet gets to live with your family rather than at a shelter.

Dogs and cats get stressed from shelter conditions. Shelters are noisy with limited one-on-one interaction. The pets don’t get enough exercise, training or socialization. With time, many pets develop psychological issues as pent-up energy, frustration, aggression or boredom builds.  Because of these issues, it becomes very hard to judge how an animal will act once they arrive in a home environment which can lead to the returning of the animal if that behavior is not what was desired.

10. Any volunteering makes a person feel good.

Fostering a pet is a way to give back to your community. If you love animals, there is nothing more rewarding than helping a homeless pet!

11. It’s a way to help without spending money.

If you don’t have the money to donate to animal shelters, you can donate your time by fostering. Some programs require foster families to cover all the expenses of the dog’s supplies.  Luckily, PAWS provides food and veterinary care for your pet.  All you’ll have to provide is bedding and toys, which if you have a blanket and some old stuffed animals, then you don’t have to buy anything!

If you’re interested in fostering at PAWS, all you need to do is fill out an application form.  Yes, you will have to be able to dedicate time to the dog or cat, but you will be getting them ready for another chance at life!  You only have to dedicate a minimum of 2 weeks to a pet!  Please give fostering a chance, and if you have fostered, share with us one of your stories!


It’s time again for…Pets of the Week!
February 22, 2011, 6:07 pm
Filed under: Adoptions, Informational

As you are all aware, usually there are TWO Pets of the Week, one cat, one dog.  There’s only ONE this week because the other one, Big Boy, was adopted today!

So let’s meet the Dog of the Week, Jaylin!  Jaylin is a precious little female Chihuahua (1 year old) looking for a comfy lap to snuggle on. She is very small and only weighs about seven pounds. Jaylin was found by Animal Control wandering around alone and was unable to be reunited with her owner. She is a friendly little girl who seems to like everyone. Jaylin is spayed, current on vaccinations and micro-chipped. She has been treated for heartworms. This little lady has been at PAWS since 1/20 and needs to find a home! Her adoption fee is $250.

This week, PAWS added some wonderful facts to their website! If you haven’t had a chance to check them out, here they are:

“PAWS Humane is a 100% donor funded, no-kill adoption center. Did you know…

131– The number of great animals adopted this January from PAWS Humane!  These pets were united with their now forever homes thanks to our staff, volunteers, and community support. But many many more still need adopting, check out who’s waiting for you today!

0 – The amount of tax money PAWS receives. PAWS Humane is NOT funded by your tax dollars or government grants and relies on private gifts, from people just like you, for the majority of our income.

220+ – The number of local elementary school students impacted in January by a PAWS Humane classroom visit.”


Valentine’s Day Dangers
February 12, 2011, 9:36 am
Filed under: Informational

The following article is from the Halo Purely For Pets blog.

Chocolate and flowers are cherished gifts on Valentine’s day. But they can also poison your pets.

The ASPCA’s poison control experts warn that the lillies in your Valentine’s bouquet are toxic to cats. And in the week prior to Valentine’s day last year, there was a 74 percent increase in cases of pets ingesting chocolate, another pet poison.

Dana Fabman, an ASPCA pet poison prevention expert, said in a recent article : “We do see an increase in calls regarding traditional holiday gifts, particularly in the few days leading up to and after Valentine’s day — right when those bouquests and lovely boxes of chocolate arrive.”

Lillies and chocolate are not the only toxic substances, warns the ASPCA, which has created a list of Valentines Day safety tips . And remember, that romantic glass of wine can turn toxic if sipped by your pet, possibly causing vomiting, lack of coordination, even coma.

If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance, contact your veterinarian or the APCC’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.