About Us


200 Charles A. Liddle Drive
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Hours: Mon. - Fri. - Sat. - Sun. from Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs. from Noon - 7:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesday



Volunteers Needed for New P.A.W.S. Humane Center

P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County Humane Center has many volunteer opportunities. In fact, volunteers are vital to the success of the new humane center and its commitment to the care and adoption of homeless animals.
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities exist for animal lovers of all ages. They range from walking dogs and playing with cats, to greeting guests, to clerical work and facility maintenance. Volunteers are needed to assist in the operation of the facility, as well as helping with off-site events. All volunteers will receive orientation and position-related training.
  To volunteer, log onto www.pawsofdearborncounty.org to fill out an application that includes a list of volunteer interests. Applications are also available at Bright Veterinary Clinic; Lawrenceburg Veterinary Clinic; R.S.V.P., 98 E. High St., Lawrenceburg; and Best Price Office Furniture, 304 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg.

Adopting A Friend

The P.A.W.S. Humane Center has wonderful dogs, puppies, cats and kittens ready for adoption. We make sure that our Petfinder site is updated daily with new additions and "happy tails." Please call or e-mail with questions - but be sure to stop by to see these wonderful pets!



Who We Are

P.A.W.S. – Who We Are
P.A.W.S., the Partners for Animal Welfare Society of Dearborn County, is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats in our county. P.A.W.S. was chartered as a non-profit organization in the state of Indiana in April 2001, and received tax exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code in February 2002. P.A.W.S. received permanent tax exempt status in March 2006.
Since its founding 10 years ago, P.A.W.S. has helped more than 9,000 dogs and cats at a cost of about $400,000 through the spay/neuter program at the Dearborn County Animal Shelter, a companion animal spay/neuter voucher program for county residents, and veterinary medical care for shelter animals, including lab work, x-rays, medications and surgery. In addition, P.A.W.S. spearheaded the campaign to raise $1.8 million for a new animal shelter. P.A.W.S. volunteers raise the funds to support the organization’s many programs through fund-raisers, private and civic donations, and grants. In addition to offering foster homes for shelter animals, P.A.W.S. stages frequent adoption events.
When P.A.W.S. first began the campaign to raise money for a new shelter for Dearborn County’s homeless animals, we started with a simple philosophy: “Never, never, never give up!” But we knew we couldn’t do it alone. We knew it would take a concerted effort by many . . . It would take a community. Community can be defined in many ways. As P.A.W.S., our community is the animals we serve, the volunteers who give so willingly of their time and talent, and the donors and sponsors who give so generously and afford us the opportunity to make our dream of a new shelter a reality.
As the famous author, George Bernard Shaw, once said: “You see things and say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” What has, until now, been only a dream IS NOW A REALITY
It took the effort, generosity and enthusiasm of an entire community to make it happen, and we thank each and every one of you who believed in us and our dream. Words cannot describe the joy and gratitude we feel knowing that the P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County Humane Center will be a state-of-the-art facility offering a second chance for Dearborn County’s homeless animals.. And after all – that is why we all did this in the first place—for the animals.
P.A.W.S. Mission Statement: To improve the lives of unwanted and abandoned animals by providing a safe and humane shelter environment; promoting successful adoptions and pet owner education; and reducing the animal population of Dearborn County by sponsoring spay/neuter programs.
P.A.W.S Vision: Ensure that 100% of adoptable animals are given an opportunity for a forever family. Our long-term goal is to help reduce pet overpopulation in Dearborn County and to educate and assist the public on humane, responsible animal care.
P.A.W.S. has been managed by a Board of Directors since inception. Currently, eleven members make up the Board of Directors including those with entrepreneur, accounting, management, and animal care/shelter experience.
 “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has” --Margaret Mead
For more P.A.W.S. information and upcoming events, go to the official P.A.W.S. website:

Come Visit Us

About the Humane Center:

“P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County Humane Center,” is owned and operated by P.A.W.S. of Dearaborn County, Inc.

It is located at 200 Charles A. Liddle Drive in Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Just off of US 50 at the Bielby Road exit, follow Industrial Drive at the foot of the hill by the UPS Store to the Ivy Tech Lakefront Campus.

Turn right onto Charles A. Liddle Drive. The humane center is straight ahead.



The center’s 8-acre site is adjacent to a large lake and is park-like. While the site for the new center feels somewhat rural, its Lawrenceburg location places it conveniently near the hub of activity and the county’s population center, and near US 50 and I-275.



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