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Our Mission & Values

Wayne County PAWS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization, whose core mission is to provide support to the Wayne County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. Our goal is to accomplish this through volunteerism, fundraising efforts and educational training opportunities, along with raising awareness of the necessities for the shelter and shelter animals. We are an all-volunteer organization who have a passion, and desire to assist the shelter in providing above standard care and compassion to each animal who arrives at the shelter.

Wayne County PAWS is a newly formed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to provide support for the stray dogs of Wayne County. Our organization believes in the work that the Wayne County Shelter is providing to our communities, and will work alongside the shelter to assist in the care and well-being of the dogs in our area.

Visit our Ways To Help Page for more details on how you can support our work!

Our Vision Statement

PAWS vision is to support, promote, and enhance the services provided by the Wayne County Dog Shelter. PAWS assists in providing the highest level of care both physically and mentally to dogs in Wayne County, works to reduce the stray dog population through spay and neuter initiatives, and provides educational and training opportunities to the staff and public alike.

To accomplish these goals PAWS will volunteer, promote, and fundraise for the efforts of the Wayne County Dog Shelter. Funds will be raised to implement and continually operate a spay and neuter program, increase care provided to animals, and provide training to the Dog Shelter employees above and beyond basic requirements.


The members of our board of directors are thought leaders who have made a significant contribution to our society.  Each and every one of them brings a unique set of skills and expertise to our organization.  If you would be interested in making a difference by joining the PAWS Board, complete and submit this application. The PAWS Board can have 13 total board members.


Vice President & Media Chair


Treasurer & Membership Chair

Kathy Crites

Grants & Volunteer Chair

Marissa Hofstetter

Stewardship Chair

Kia Skaggs

Events Co-Chair

Ryan Beaulieu

Events Co-Chair & Media Committee Member

Abi Colich 

Grants & Volunteer Committee Member

Diane Gilbert 

Membership & Events & Stewardship Committee Member

Katelyn Lehman

Shelter Liaison

Contact Info

Address: 5694 Burbank Road,
Wooster, Ohio 44691
FED ID#: 84-4434213
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