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Helping Paws Rescue - a division of Pawtropolis

The Free Family

They donate $30 each month to help feed our fosters!


Ember is a beautiful and playful brindle colored hound mix pup about 8 months old. She showed up at our place with her mom. Ember was her Mom’s shadow at first and was unsure about playing with the others, but loves our affection. She is too stimulated by the cats and chases every chance she gets. We have caught her going inside a couple times and have been able to correct her, she’s goes to the wrong door sometimes to go out and pees nearby. She is teaching us and we are learning. She also ate food very fast and showed aggression if our dog got near, she is full on toddler and is very mischievous and playful nipping at our pants legs and stealing our clothes if left out, like socks... she ate through 3 leashes.

Ember's favorite pastime now is playing with our dog or her Mom. She loves to lay in the floor flopping onto her back and making Chewbacca sounds with our Dane mix. She absolutely loves toys and like any kid, has them everywhere. If we put them away, she drags several back out within minutes. Hand feeding has helped with her as well. She took to it quickly and learned fast. She still seems guarded when another dog approaches, but is improving. She has not eaten anymore leashes and is quickly improving on walks. She still gives chase to the cats, probably will do better in a dog only home. She will “sit” and “down” for Megan, but only “sit” for me. Ember is absolutely beautiful and fun. She loves to play and she loves everyone! She just loves the cats a little too much!

If interested in meeting her to see if she’d be the perfect fit for your family, contact our Westside facility at (706) 227-7887 or email us at

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AdoptMEET GEORGIA - Adopted!!

Georgia’s story is a sad one, but she’s hopeful that she can find her happily ever after despite some difficult circumstances. Some of you may remember this adorable face from about 4 years ago when she was a foster with us before. Back then, her name was Danni, and we originally pulled her from Barrow County Animal Control where she had been picked up as a stray and heartworm positive. She finished up her heartworm treatment and was adopted to a wonderful family that named her Georgia and she had happy and healthy life with them for nearly 4 years. Recently, though, her world was turned upside down when her family tearfully made the decision to return her to us because their circumstances had changed and they knew they couldn’t give Georgia the life she deserves anymore. It was such a sad situation for everyone, but we promised we would find Georgia the perfect home that would love her at least as much as they did. So, Georgia is back on the market for that perfect family!

Georgia is a pint-sized terrier mix that we estimate is around 7 years old which is the perfect age: she still has plenty of energy to go adventuring like a young pup, but has the manners of an adult dog already knowing her basic obedience and being fully potty trained. This girl is the total package! She enjoys the company of other dogs, participating in our medium dog playgroup at Pawtropolis regularly, but like many terriers, she thinks she’s bigger than she is and does best with bigger dogs so she doesn’t get too bossy. Georgia would be perfectly content as an only dog as well, though, because her true love is her people. She’s what we like to call a “Velcro dog” because when she bonds to a person, she wants to be near them as much as possible. She can be a little wary of new people, especially men, at first but once she gets to know you, you are her best friend for life. She loves to weasel into your lap for cuddles and belly rubs in particular. Georgia would probably prefer a cat-free home, because while her previous home did have a cat, they didn’t really harbor a lot of love for each other due to their differing ideas of what is fun (Georgia thought chasing the cat was a great game).

Georgia’s favorite things to do include playing with toys, especially playing fetch, going for walks in the great outdoors, and swimming! She loves to splash in our kiddie pool and will swim in our big pool, too, if given the opportunity. She also enjoys sunning herself on pretty days. She has plenty of obedience skills under her belt already including sit, down, wait, crate trained, potty trained, and loves to learn new things. Georgia is a wonderful, fun little girl – if interested in meeting her to see if she’d be the perfect fit for your family, contact our Westside facility at (706) 227-7887 or email us at

Sponsored by the Klonowski's in memory of Delilah and Bogard



AdoptMEET COPELAND - Special Needs Case

Copeland is a two year old beagle with lots of love to share! He is a small little guy weighing in at about 24 pounds.

Copeland is a special case that is going to take a really special someone to be his happily ever after. At present, he is working on some behavioral modification in the hopes of rehabilitating him enough that he can be placed in a home successfully. However, please read his story below and feel free to email us at if you’d like more details on his situation and how you can help with his rehabilitation.

Copeland was originally brought into Helping Paws Rescue in February 2017. He was an owner surrender to Barrow County Animal Control and not much is known about his past life before arriving at the shelter. At the shelter, he was fearful and they reported that he was distrustful of men, so when we came to evaluate him, we were skeptical if he would be able to be handled. He showed fearful, tense, and what appeared to be submissive body language with us, but allowed us to handle him and pick him up without incident. Like so many dogs at the shelter, he was in fact completely shutdown, so we decided that we would give him a chance to flourish with us.

Since then, he has bounced through several foster homes and has had increasingly aggressive reactions to both other dogs in the home and strangers. For the past 6 months, he has been living at our Westside facility where the staff have been working diligently with him on learning trust and also on how to read his body language when he’s uncomfortable so that he isn’t put in situations that he feels the need to bite. On May 9th, 2018 he went to the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital for a behavioral consultation and they diagnosed him with a generalized anxiety disorder that manifests in fear aggression. Like people that suffer from the same disorder, he lacks the coping mechanisms to deal with situations he perceives as stressful and so he has learned that the only way he can control the situation is to bite. His behavioral modification exercises will hopefully build a foundation for him to learn those coping mechanisms. If successful in his rehabilitation, UGA has offered to continue consulting with his new family so that they can continue to receive professional feedback on his transition into a new home.

When you get around Copeland’s troubled emotions, you get to see a very sweet, intelligent, and downright silly personality. He loves to play with toys and will happily toss them to himself. He loves going for car rides and walks. He enjoys being with the people that he trusts, leaning against them and napping nearby. He also loves to learn new things. He has all his basic manners down cold including sit, down, wait, walking nicely on a leash, and potty training. He has been clicker trained as well, and he loves to work for his food and treats with that. We are committed to giving Copeland his best chance at happiness. We will update his bio with his progress. We are limited his visitors at the moment but would love to hear from someone that might be willing to work with him and bring them into their home.

Sponsored by the Klonowskis "In honor and memory of our sweet Bernard"