FAQs

Who is Sheltered Paws?
How can I help?
What’s involved in fostering?
How do I adopt?
What happens to the money I donate?
I have a stray dog or a pet I can no longer care for. Will you please take him/her?
I live outside the greater Cincinnati area. How can I help pets in need around me?

Who is Sheltered Paws?
Sheltered Paws Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping save shelter dogs by placing them in loving forever homes or in temporary, loving foster homes to get them ready for adoption.

We focus on moms and babies, long-time residents of the shelter, and dogs with special needs. We often purchase for the shelter heartworm medicine that helps prevent euthanization of otherwise healthy dogs, and we also promote shelter dog health through buying things not in budget (like special healthy treats).

How can I help?
Sheltered Paws offers several different ways to help dogs in need. You can adopt one of our available dogs. You can become a foster to help us save more shelter dogs. Or you can donate money, supplies, or gift cards, either directly or through our Amazon Wishlist. Select Sheltered Paws as your Kroger Community Rewards® beneficiary. We also welcome new members to our group to help us care for and spread the the word about these shelter dogs.

What’s involved in fostering?
Fostering a dog is the reward of saving a dog’s life and provides reassurance to the adoptive family that the dog was well loved. We are limited in the number of dogs we can save by the number of foster home available. Fostering requires dedication and patience. However, it is a rewarding experience for the entire foster family. We will provide the support you need in finding an adoptive home for the dog. Learn about the benefits of fostering and Sheltered Paws’ foster support on our Foster page.

How do I adopt?
Are you interested in adopting one of our dogs? Wonderful! Visit our page of adoptable dogs for pictures and descriptions (if you don’t already have a specific dog in mind). Dogs in the shelter have bios that begin with an ID number, and dogs in foster homes have bios that start with “Our foster dogs live as family members in their foster homes…” Each situation has it’s own process, and you can find out more on our Adoption Process page.

What happens to the money I donate?
Sheltered Paws Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and we are unpaid volunteers who work from our homes. All donations are tax-deductible, and donations on our site are securely processed through PayPal. If you prefer to donate through Network for Good please do so on our page here. We work hard to limit our overhead, and so most of your donations—over 90%!—goes directly towards benefiting dogs in our program. Donate with confidence today!

I have a stray dog or a pet I can no longer care for. Will you please take him/her?
Sheltered Paws is dedicated to helping save shelter dogs that require a temporary foster home, and we partner with our local shelter to promote the placement of their special need dogs. Unfortunately we cannot accept strays or owner-surrendered dogs. Please contact a local animal shelter or for pets you can no longer care for try asking through your in-person and online networks.

I live outside the greater Cincinnati area. How can I help pets in need around me?
Thanks for your concern about shelter animals! Each year millions of dogs and cats enter America’s shelters, so the need for help is always there. Contact your local animal shelter or humane society to see how you can begin helping today.

For other ideas or to find a animal welfare organization visit the Best Friends, ASPCA or Humane Society of the US sites.