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Paws Humane Inc

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aka Paws Humane Society   |   Columbus, GA   |  www.pawshumane.org

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Mission

Paws Humane, Inc., is a private non-profit, no-kill animal shelter whose mission is to enrich the lives of both animals and people as a solution-based community resource for animal welfare by providing free or low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, essential veterinary services, rescue and adoption services, volunteer opportunities, community outreach, transportation, humane education, and our free community pet food pantry.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Courtney Pierce

Main address

4900 Milgen Road

Columbus, GA 31907 USA

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Formerly known as

Muscogee County Humane

EIN

58-2513501

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Paws Humane is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is 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 does not receive any government funding and relies solely off the generosity of the public to achieve our mission. As an organization, Paws Humane Society is working to address pet overpopulation and needless euthanasia of healthy or treatable companion animals in the Chattahoochee Valley. Animal shelters easily become overcrowded with the amount of stray animals picked up or even animals surrendered to them by their owners. Once animal control is at capacity for space, needless euthanasia begins to happen. Paws Humane Society partners with our local animal control, Columbus Animal Care and Control, to prevent this from happening.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoptions

Paws Humane is Pull at risk companion animals from local shelters and animal control organizations and accept owner surrendered animals if no intervention is available. Animals are fully vetted including a set of core vaccines, spay/neuter, and microchip. Paid and volunteer behaviorists add value during the period animals are held available for adoption.

Population(s) Served
Adults
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans
Ethnic and racial groups

Our Spay/Neuter clinic is staffed by 3 veterinarians, 2 registered veterinary technicians and 4 veterinary assistants. We spay/neuter dogs and cats for our animal control facilities and rescue groups at a reduced price. We offer free spay/neuter to targeted groups including an under served neighborhood of approximately 7,500 homes and for pit bull type dogs. We offer reduced price spay/neuter to the general public. Microchipping is included with all spay/neuter services for rescue and animal control groups. Other services are offered to the general public at a reduced price at time of spay/neuter or at a later date.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities
Ethnic and racial groups
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people

Paws Humane operates a limited service veterinary clinic that is open to the public. We provide a range of services including low cost or free spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, microchips, heartworm, flea/tick prevention, and much more. Paws Humane has three full-time veterinarians who see patients from the public, other rescues, community cats, and adoptable animals at Paws Humane. Our clinic staff is committed to providing compassionate care to every client and their pet and all at a reasonable price.

Population(s) Served
Adults
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities

Pets for Life was developed by the HSUS to increase response to free and low cost services. It is a labor intensive program which involves sustained face-to-face contact with individuals in underserved neighborhoods. This is done by providing free or low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, essential & wellness veterinary care, rescue and adoption services, volunteer opportunities, community outreach, transportation, humane education, and our free community pet food pantry.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people

Staff and volunteers go into the schools to talk to students about proper care for pets.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans
Adults
Families

In addition to collaborating with local rescues, Paws Humane Society works with organizations across the country to transport animals from areas where shelters are overpopulated and over crowded with animals needing new homes. Our transport program helps ensure there is space for these animals, which enables us to provide for the remaining animals in our care.

In a typical year, Paws Humane Transport Program relocates over 550 animals from Georgia to Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania and Canada. In 2021, our transport drove over 78,000 miles to ensure these pets were delivered safely to their forever homes.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Military personnel

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

City of Columbus, Georgia Chamber 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of pets microchipped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Working poor, Victims of disaster

Related Program

Free and Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Microchips placed in animals is one of the key factors in re-homing lost pets. Therefore, we microchip each animal adopted through our shelter and encourage patients of our Veterinary Clinic to do so.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Spay/ neuter surgeries are the single most impactful way to decrease the homeless pet population.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoptions

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Through Adoptions and Transport, we find forever homes for homeless animals.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoptions

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number is a direct indicator of the homeless pet population in our region. While it is good for it to decrease, the need for reducing pet homelessness is ever present.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoptions

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Adoption is only one of the ways Paws Humane works to ensure every pet has a home. This number reflects the level of need made present each year within the communities we serve.

Total numbers of veterinarians registered/licensed by the veterinary statutory body of the country

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Wellness Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average cost per spay/neuter surgery

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Free and Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Average number of animals spayed and neutered per day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Free and Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At Paws Humane Society, we are aiming to achieve and maintain a No-Kill community. By animal sheltering standards, this is when animal control is reporting 10% or less euthanasia rate on a monthly basis. January 2021 marked our second year of reaching this goal.

Paws Humane's strategies stem from our lifesaving programs:

-A comprehensive adoption program that matches nearly 2,000 homeless animals with new families every year. There is no time or space limit for any animals in the adoption program. Not only does Paws Humane save animals from Columbus Animal Care and Control, we also accept surrendered pets for owners who can no longer care for them.

-Affordable veterinary services open to the public. We offer spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchips, preventative medicine and more.

-Pets for Life Outreach program to provide assistance to pets owners in underserved areas of Columbus.

-Foster Care for in-home heroes to open their homes to puppies and kittens as well as sick, injured, and behaviorally challenged animals. Once foster animals are rehabilitated or are of appropriate age to be vaccinated and altered, they return to the shelter for placement in the adoption program.

-Community Cat program that allows for the humane trapping of community (feral) cats. Community cats are transported to our Veterinary Clinic, spayed/neutered, rabies vaccinated, ear-tipped and returned to their colony through a model called TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return).

-Addition of transport services, allowing us to home our animals in areas of the country where families who wish to have a pet of their own remain on waiting lists due to a lack of adoptable pets. We began making multiple trips to these regions in 2020, reaching a total of 55,722 miles to relocate 529 pets into homes.

Paws Humane is made up of staff and volunteers who have trained and have the appropriate knowledge to assist and maintain our programs are functioning at a high level. Paws Humane is extremely lucky to operate out of a beautiful 22,000 square foot facility that allows us to grow our programs. Also, our community cat program was generously donated a van in 2017 to assist this program. Each program is managed by minimum one full-time employee and several key volunteers.

One of the biggest achievements Paws Humane has taken part in accomplishing and celebrating in 2019 is the decrease in capacity euthanasia at Columbus Animal Care and Control. As of December 2019, CACC has only euthanized 12 animals for space. While we are excited for the day that we see that number decrease to 0, we are thrilled that no needless euthanasia has happened in more than 300 days. This is a huge accomplishment of CACC, Paws Humane and the other local shelters and groups who save lives.

Since opening our doors in 2009, we have hit a few milestone accomplishments.

In our low-cost high quality veterinary clinic, Paws Humane veterinarians hit a milestone of performing more than 60,000 spay/neuter surgeries.

Through our adoptions program, we have adopted out more than 12,000 animals into loving homes.

Our community cat and Pets for Life outreach programs are newer to Paws, but have already reached goals. Just last year, our community cat program trapped, fixed, vaccinated and returned 1,583 community cats to their colonies and our Pets for Life program connected with and assisted 853 residents of underserved neighborhoods.

Our foster program has steadily increased year after year. In 2018 alone, 422 animals were welcomed into our foster care program. In 2019, more than 700 animals placed into foster care and in 2020, 1,039 animals were cared for through our Foster program.

Finally, in the midst of COVID-19, with a growing number of pets being owner surrendered to Columbus Animal Care and Control, we made more efforts to grow our transport efforts. Due to a generous donation and a local Kia dealership's willingness to make a deal, we were able to add three vehicles to our fleet or operational vehicles, enabling us to make many more transport visits to take pets to find forever homes.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Paws Humane Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/30/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michele Maestrean

Barber Wilson

Marsh McLennan Agency

Jenifer Amos

Robbie Culpepper

J Smith Lanier & Co

Becky Carter

Animal SOS

Carson Tate

TSYS

Jayne Dunn

Bradstreet Proper, LLC

Ashley Schley

CSU

Reid Denson

Metabo HPT

Reynold Cheney

North Lake Benefits Group

Pam Santiago

Military Veteran

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/10/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/11/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.