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Helping Paws Rescue - a division of Pawtropolis

The Free Family

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


Lobo is a super handsome German Shepherd/Husky mix looking for his forever home. We pulled him from Athens Clarke County Animal Control after he had been returned due to be too high energy for is former family as well as having some mild resource guarding issues. Since, he has been with us he has been so much fun. He is still a work in progress, but he is learning to adapt to a new home. I have not seen the resource guarding issues at home. We have been doing hand feeding and that has helped his confidence as well as impulse control.

He LOVES his foster brother, Marko, and would probably do better in a house that has a younger dog that is able to keep up with him. We are working with him as far as becoming completely comfortable in a crate, but when he gets board he likes to let us know. He is currently living with two cats, and enjoys them, but is a little unsure how to interact with them. He is house trained. He loves people and aims to please, but he is also a little shy of people at first meeting since he has been moved around so much from person to person, but he is making huge strides with his confidence. He needs a home who is willing to give him the energy outlet he needs as well as work with him and be aware of the needs of such a confident breed pairing.

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

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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

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AdoptMEET CHEQ (Courtesty Listing for Employee)

Meet Cheq! He is a 1.5-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix that is looking for his forever home. He is truly a 55 pound cuddle bug. This handsome man is already house broken and is proving to be trustworthy when out in the home alone. Cheq LOVES people, and does extremely well with children. He takes treats very gently and is a complete gentleman with his manners. He knows sit and down and is proving to be very smart and eager to learn. He is incredibly sweet and loves to cuddle! He will drown you in kisses and even give you hugs! He is very good at keeping himself entertained and is a huge fan of his toys. His favorite thing to do is play a good game of tug-of-war, he could do it for hours!

Cheq hasn’t had the best start to his life. After spending a good part of his life outside, chained up and emaciated, he made his way into the hearts of all of us that worked together to save him. Unfortunately, his owner that saved him from being chained up outside could not afford to care for him and had to surrender him to animal control. Cheq was never properly socialized with other dogs, so he struggles with being appropriate towards them. This made him one of the less “adoptable” dogs at animal control so when they got full, he was in trouble. A couple hours before he was supposed to be put down, we stepped in and saved him. We all believe he is well deserving of a fair chance at life and that’s what we are going to give him!

 We have worked with Cheq on both cats and dogs. As of right now, he should not be in a home with cats, but is showing great improvement with playing with a female dog he currently lives with. He still isn’t comfortable with male dogs, which may or may not ever change. So, unless someone has the time and experience to properly introduce him and work with him on how to appropriately play with other dogs, he should be the only dog in the home. Since Cheq is a huge cuddle bug, I don’t think he will mind having all of the attention of his new family!

Cheq is up to date on vaccinations and is already neutered, so he is ready to go as soon as he finds the perfect family! If you are interested and would like to meet Cheq, or just want to learn more about him, give us a call at 706-362-1402 or email us at!


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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"