My name is Darla!

Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Cleveland, Ohio - Darla
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Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio)

Facts about Darla

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Darla is a 5 year old small (about 40 #) Chocolate Lab mix, that was rescued from a terrible hoarding and neglect situation involving 160 dogs and cats in Adams County, OH. It was such a massive situation that local authorities called in the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to assist in the rescue operation. PAWS was able to take several dogs from that situation and sweet Darla is one of them. Here is what Darla's foster Mom has to say about this most loving and deserving dog: "Darla is a real darling. She is estimated to be 5 years old. She is Special Needs dog - I think she was the last to leave the HSUS, because she had been taken to OSU Veterinary Center because of cluster seizures. Darla came into our foster home on January 26. HSUS had surgery for her to remove a growth, which fortunately was benign. But after the surgery, she had major seizure issues. OSU got her stabilized, and they think the seizures might be the result of a previous severe infection. They sent her to us with Phenobarbital, Clindamycin, Potassium Bromide, and Pred. She was being weaned off the Pred. She was evaluated by a PAWS vet, and he describes her as a real sweetheart who can be a great family dog. We detected a vision problem, and he confirmed that. He said her eyes appear to be fine, but the neurological connection to her brain has some deficiencies. She is not blind; she does not run into things. But we notice that her near vision for things like taking treats out of our hand is questionable. And when we talk to her, her focus toward her right side is not quite right. She also circles somewhat to her right. She is completely off the pred now, and we have not seen any problems. She has been seizure-free (PAWS crossed!) since we got her. She has become quite comfortable here with our two dogs (55 # each), and, with our foster Owen. She has become more playful. She loves to go for walks! At first, I wondered how we would ever housebreak her - she would even go #1 in her crate, but with a brand new cozy bed in her crate, she has been accident free in her crate! I am not saying she is 100% housebroken - and we have to be pro-active in taking her out, and even when we do, she sometimes has accidents in the house. But it is a huge improvement. She is a lovely, sweet companion pet dog. She is so grateful to have been rescued and she is a pure joy to know and love." If interested in adopting Darla, please complete an adoption application at our PAWS website at: under the ADOPTABLE PETS tab.
Fostered by: JM

About Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio)

About Our Rescue Group...

The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 1976. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization considered to be one of Ohio’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups.

Our group is dedicated to the rescue of pets in Northeastern Ohio. Our mission is to rescue stray and/or abused cats and dogs and place them in good homes. It is a PAWS policy to adopt animals to responsible homes only in the greater Cleveland area. We provide medical care to rescued animals and foster them in our own homes. We also make sure that they are spayed or neutered so that they do not continue the cycle of births that result in more pets than homes. The advantage of adopting a fostered animal is that we know all about our adoptable pets! They have lived with us and we know their personalities, habits, likes and dislikes. We can help you find the perfect companion for your home and lifestyle! We are a no kill organization (the only time we euthanize is on the advice of a vet in order to end suffering where no hope of recovery exists). Everything we do is out of love for the animals.

PAWS philosophy is that kindness to animals helps build a better world for all of us. Through the generosity of other caring individuals, we can ensure that animals who come into the care of PAWS will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid, or in pain.

Our mission is
•To provide for the welfare, medical care, temporary housing, and adoption of dogs and cats in northeast Ohio.
•To Work for the prevention of cruelty to all animals.
•To work to form coalitions and working relationships with other local and national humane organizations.
•To actively create, promote and implement a humane education program.
•To reduce the over population of cats and dogs in northeast Ohio through education.

Come Meet Our Pets...

You can find out more about PAWS Ohio and about our pets on our website, We show our pets at adopt-a-thons around the greater Cleveland area, and partner with PetSmarts by using their in store cage spaces. We have PetSmart Coordinators for each of the two PetSmarts we are in, and a PetSmart Supervisor who oversees all of the Coordinators.

Our Adoption Process...

We have an adoption screening process, an adoption fee, and a follow up process for every adoption.