About PAWS of Adams County, Indiana
And our Mission
PAWS of Adams County, IN (EIN: 45-5251809) is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Adams County, IN. We are currently an all volunteer, foster based rescue.
PAWS stands for Pets Are Worth Saving. Our main goals are to provide quality care and shelter for as many homeless animals as resources permit. We endeavor to provide each animal with loving care, socialization, spay/neuter, vaccinations and other medical needs while in our care. Currently, we help dogs and cats, but hope to help other animals in the future. We work to secure permanent, loving, quality homes for the animals in our care. We do thorough background checks on anyone interested in adopting one of our rescue animals. Only responsible pet owners are encouraged to consider adopting from PAWS. We work to expose all adoptable animals to as many prospective families as possible through social media and community events. We hope to enhance the quality of life by fostering sentiments of kindness and compassion that result from pet ownership. We strive to educate the public about the plight of homeless animals and encourage responsible pet ownership.
As stated in Article III, Section 1 of our Bylaws; PAWS of Adams County, IN is formed and shall operate exclusively for educational, charitable, and public safety purposes as a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals and fostering the creation of a more responsible and humane community within the meaning of Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Eventually PAWS of Adams County, IN wishes to operate and maintain a no-kill shelter for the benefit of residents of Adams County (Indiana) region. For the purpose of this organization and these bylaws, a no-kill shelter is defined as saving both adoptable (healthy) and treatable dogs and cats, with euthanasia reserved only for non-rehabilitatable animals.
It is estimated as many as 250 million companion animals were euthanized in American shelters during the last decade! That figure is equivalent to the entire human population in the United States in 1991. While we cannot help 250 million pets, PAWS hopes to assist hundreds (possible thousands) of adoptable pets (dogs and cats) in Adams County, IN and eventually help surrounding counties in the future. We also hope to help other animals (including, but not limited to, horses) in the future.
Our current and past activities include fostering and vetting homeless or unwanted animals and finding homes for them, sharing posts for unwanted, missing, lost or found animals on our rescue Facebook pages and searching for or hanging flyers for lost and missing pets. Also, we have provided transport for Adams County residents’ pets to HOPE for Animals Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Ft. Wayne, IN. In addition, we TNRs (Trap, Neuter/Spay Return) in Adams County. Past fundraisers include a car wash, bake sales, garage sale, craft sale, etc. We have also had various individuals, organizations and businesses hold fundraisers to help our cause, which include a bingo night, a dog walk, and a food tent at the downtown summer concert series.
Our ultimate goal is to have a facility of our own to implement animal programs such as Adoption Programs, Foster Care, Rescue
Groups, a TNR Program, High Volume transport to low-cost spay/neuter clinics, Volunteer Programs, Proactive Redemptions, Public Relations/Community Development and Fundraisers/Sponsors. With the owners of the current shelter in the county retiring, the Adams County Commissioners have agreed to work with our organization. Currently, we are looking for land and a building.
We understand that many devoted "pet people" take exception to being termed a "kill shelter. Shelters that accept all animals, regardless of adoptability (health, age, temperament, etc.) are often well over capacity and have to euthanize due to lack of space because there simply aren’t enough homes. We want to educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets, so there will be less unwanted pets, thus making it easier to find enough homes. We are very passionate about all living beings and hate the idea of killing them simply because of lack of space or lack of time to find them good and loving homes.