Meet the members of our

Secret Crush Club

Many of our shelter pets' adoption fees have been paid by a secret admirer. So, use the money you save to buy them the best bed they've ever had - to match your home, the nicest home they'll ever have.

If you find yourself falling in love with any of these secret crush club members, you can find more information about each animal under the Adoptable Dogs and Cats tabs. 


Agatha and Einstein are an incredibly sweet, mellow, and well-behaved couple who would love to find a home together, as they’ve lived their entire lives together. They mostly like napping and sometimes taking short walks. Please e-mail Laura at if you are interested in meeting them.
Atreyu is a staff favorite: playful, fun, eager to get his game on with anyone and everyone. With his long legs, he may be the fastest runner and ball chaser in the shelter. Atreyu loves going for walks, and really enjoys ANY kind of exercise. We hope he'll find an active home with gentle people who can guide him and show him how to be an excellent dog.
Betty White
Senior dogs like Betty White are the best! Unlike a puppy, what you see is often what you'll get-in Betty's case, a calm, sweetly affectionate beagle mix that lights up when you head her way. She's wonderful around people, and seems to do well with other dogs. She's also more than happy to go for a slow, polite turn around our walking trails.
Brandy may only have three legs, but that doesn’t bring down this 5 year old Bulldog, American/Boxer. She’s easy-going, patient, and loyally protective of her family. Please e-mail Laura at if you are interested in meeting her.
Butter is a 3 year old Retriever, Labrador/Mix who’s energetic during play time, but gentle and affectionate when it’s time to cuddle. He would do best in a quiet home without children or other dogs so he can have all the attention! Please e-mail Laura at lmckelvey@ if you are interested in meeting him.
Carmelo is so ridiculously hunky and cute. He's 5, so this lug nut is a little more mellow than most, but can still kick himself into "play" gear pretty quickly. Carmelo is friendly with people, all people, including the little ones. We're not sure if he'd enjoy a dog companion in his home. He is a low-maintenance guy who doesn't need to be fussed over. But, he loves a little attention and he's big on belly rubs. If you're looking for a confident, well-adjusted family dog, please consider Carmelo.
Cash Money
Cash Money, 1, is our friendly, pint-sized, true-blue American hound. He watches us when we walk through the small dog room, with eyes that plead, "Please, please, please, just a tiny walk?" We're a sucker and stop every time. Because, truth is, it's fun walking Cash. What he wants is what we all want: a place to call home, people who will love us to the moon and back, and a feeling of safety. We'd classify him as medium energy -- likes to play, but also likes to chill. He's not so crazy about young children because they can be a little, shall we say, unpredictable. So, grown humans for Cash please.
Cletus, 4, is a very distinguished looking guy. Like Sauce, Cletus was rescued by a local animal control from a home that was absolutely packed with dogs. He's come out of the experience stronger, and has grown in a big way in his time with us. Cletus enjoys treats, but doesn't quite know what to make of toys. He seems comfortable with other dogs, but children are a bit spooky to him. So, no kids, please. Cletus would thrive in a home where you could help ease him into a routine that feels comfortable, and give him a space and time settle down and show you his true colors.
Daydream’s personality is as pleasant as her name suggests. She’s always happy and loves everyone she meets. This 7 year old Shepherd/Mix is very shy, so she needs someone patient and a home without children or other pets. Please e-mail Laura at if you are interested in meeting her.
Demelza, 5, is a staff favorite because she's a dream. She has beautiful leash manners and is quite sprightly for 5. Demelza falls in love quickly and will remain loyal to you for life. She is deaf, so we've worked with her on some basic sign language and you would never know she's hearing-impaired. She likes most other dogs and is great with kids. Demelza loves her people deeply, and she takes the daily good-byes quite hard. We would love to see her end up with someone who is a homebody or maybe works from home.
At eight years, Doogin bears the little dings and nicks and scars that accumulate with time. He's a grand old soul, that's for certain. We've listed Doogin as a Labrador retriever mix, but Great Dane comes to mind when he turns his marvelous head. Then there's his winsome underbite, which makes Doogin look like he's always smiling. If your heart goes out to older dogs, Doogin will surely break it. Rarely have we met a dog so sweet, so gentle, and so deserving as Doogin.
The best word to describe Ebbie is "solid." His stance, his muscles, his focus, and his concentration-everything screams solid. Ebbie is a big guy. At almost four years, he's also in his prime. This American Staffordshire terrier mix came from Animal Control, so we don't know much about him. He's handsome-his white coat displays muted black spots here and there. Ebbie seems content with who he is-a strong, confident fellow who could rule the world but chooses not to.
Agatha and Einstein are an incredibly sweet, mellow, and well-behaved couple who would love to find a home together, as they’ve lived their entire lives together. They mostly like napping and sometimes taking short walks. Please e-mail Laura at if you are interested in meeting them.
Even if you might not have met Elektra yet, we're already pretty sure she adores you. She spent her early life outside on a thick chain with humans we suspect have no clue about the love of a good dog. Since we rescued her, she's been making up for lost time, loving on everyone she meets. Elektra does need a little extra help in the manners department, but no one will love you quite like this pretty, happy girl.
Harvey is a charming, intelligent guy who has proven himself an attentive, affectionate, reliable friend to his caregivers at PAWS Atlanta. At 2, Harvey is really the perfect age: he is fully grown up and mature, but he still has ton of "play" in him. His perfect fit would be an adult home (no young children) where he could either be an only dog or have a very cool, chill dog companion. He can be selective with his dog friends so finding the right canine housemate is key.
Henry is a big 8 year old Mastiff/Mix full of love and happiness. He enjoys taking leisurely walks and then snuggling up for cuddles. He was recently diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, a chronic medical condition that requires medication, but in an adult only home without other pets, you’ll find him to be the best of company.
Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate could really use a human who could boost his confidence and reassure him he is the best boy ever. He's a little unsure when you meet him, but quickly warms up to you. Once he knows you, he's a silly, playful, slightly rambunctious puppy. He was in a home with people who admitted they didn't have the time or energy to give him much direction. So, he's playing a bit of catch-up. With a little patience and TLC, he will blossom into an exceptional dog.
Ireland has it all – he’s house trained, crate trained, knows commands, fine if left free roaming while you're gone, and has lived happily with dogs and cats. All Ireland really wants is a nice couch to lay on, a good human to snuggle with, and some relaxed outdoor time. Ireland enjoys the company of female dogs and certain non-confrontational male dogs. He needs a slow introduction to other pets as he can get a bit overwhelmed by rambunctious young dogs (or speedy cats!). Ireland likes his food and yummy toys to himself, so he prefers to enjoy these in his crate away from other pets or children.
Jasmine is the most gentle 5 year old Chinese Shar-Pei/Mix you will ever come across even though she lived on the side of the highway for 3 years. She doesn’t have a single mean bone in her body but she’s oh so shy, so she needs to find a quiet, scheduled home with no children. Please e-mail Laura at if you are interested in meeting her.
At 4, Judge is very smart and eager to learn new things. He loves being praised and will do just about anything to make you happy. He's deeply loyal. When you are his friend, you are his friend for life. He's not all that hot on the idea of living with kids, and he's more of a people dog than a dog-dog. So, Judge would love to end up with grown ups who will be happy with just one very fun, outgoing dog.
At 5, Katana is a mature soul: she’s got better things to do than bounce around like a scrappy kitten. But she’s not at all shy! This sleek, black beauty will saunter up to you in the cat cottage, after patiently waiting her turn to get some of your attention. She does well with other kitties and would love to live in a home with or without a feline companion. She’s also been very patient in her hunt for a home. Will her quest end with you?
Kibbles came from an animal control in South Georgia. Kibbles is the sweetest cat. Kibbles makes friends everywhere she goes. Do you have trouble meeting people? Then take Kibbles to the local pub with you, she'll get you friends as soon as you walk in the door. She's never met a stranger. You'll fall head over heels in love as soon as she jumps in your lap. Get your cuddle on, this KAT's for YOU!
King is charming, playful, and loving. He lived with another dog and both were turned into a local animal control by their owners despite being GREAT dogs. He seems to do well with other dogs too! He is a big ol' goofball and would be great in an adult only home. If you're interested in meeting this handsome guy, email Laura at
Krispy Kreme
As her name suggests, Krispy Kreme is the pinnacle of sweetness. She's constantly smiling, and absolutely happy, even in a shelter. She's a well-adjusted, social girl, who instantly wants to be best friends forever. Krispy Kreme is 5, so she's nicely settled and doesn't require a lot of exercise. We think she's good with other dogs, but if you have one, bring yours to meet her. Krispy Kreme would love to find a laidback, easygoing human looking for a really good dog like her.
Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt is a 2-year old whirlwind of happy pibble energy, goofball charm and love for his people. His favorite thing in the world is attention. He will do just about ANYTHING for a little love from you, and he's extremely loyal to his friends. His #2 favorite thing is probably tennis balls. Kurt can play fetch for days and days. He would be really happy with a human who will play with him and teach him. Come out to PAWS Atlanta and take Kurt out on our trails. Bring a tennis ball and he will love you for life.
Leslie is a big and beautiful kitty! She is the queen of her castle, but she would really like a more consistent castle with people to dote on her, bring her dinner, and toss her treats when she is feeling famished. She does not need to live with other kitties, but she is okay living with one or two of them if you have others. She prefers adult humans and older children, as she is quite regal and likes to observe action more than be a part of it.
Lyanna Mormont
Lyanna is a small, sweet girl with stunning markings. She's waiting for you at Java Cats Cafe, so please email if you're interested in meeting her.
Mackenzie is a GOOD dog, in an all-caps, should-teach-us-all-life-lessons kind of way. She's so easy and so loving, and everything about her is effortless. She's a lover of people and great with other dogs, big and small. She has lovely manners and can adjust to just about any environment with zero drama. Mackenzie loves playing and has a nice, healthy amount of energy. This girl is one of those once-in-a-life companions. Come meet, and see for yourself.
As our resident 10 year old Boxer, Retriever/Labrador, Malocchio is lovingly called “Grandma” because of her old spirit. She’s a relaxed dog who is the best listener when you need to talk and will go on calming walks with you.
Maya Angelou
Maya wiggled her little bottom into our shelter a few months back, popping with personality, and a belly full of babies, and we've never been quite the same. This petite chunky monkey is an unabashed love bug, a demander of affection and a licker of noses. She has been loved since the minute she came into our program. Maya has been around other dogs, but she can be choosy with her canine friends. Come meet Maya!
Mother Gothel
Mother Gothel is a sweet 7 year old Shepard/Mix who would love to spend every minute of every day cuddling with you if she could. She loves people of all ages, but isn’t a huge fan of other dogs, so she would do best in a home where she doesn’t have to share the attention!
When Oakley smiles, the world seems a little brighter. At 7, she is one of our longest-tenured shelter guests. She's not a fan of crowds or commotion. Instead, she would love a quieter, comfortable life, where the two of you have a routine together and she knows exactly what to expect when she gets up in the morning. Oakley would prefer to be an only dog in a home with someone who will make her feel safe and protected. No children, please, as they make her nervous.
Fun-loving Otter is aptly named. Curious, playful, and athletic, this highly affectionate terrier mix loves nothing more than to hit the trails with our staff and volunteers. Otter is four years old and in her prime. She's beautiful, too, with her sleek dark flanks and white face and socks. Otter is so easy-going that we think she'd fit in well just about anywhere.
Pat is on a mission. It is top secret, and we are not quite sure what it is, but we think it has something to do with finding the perfect family to spoil her rotten. She is very friendly but also independent. She can be a bit of an escape artist so she needs to be in a home with older children and adults who can be very cautious about not leaving doors and/or windows open when she has access to them. Pat loves other kitties.
Percy is a gentle, quiet 6 year old Retriever, Labrador/Mix. He’s thoughtful and inquisitive, so being at the shelter has been confusing for him. He can come off as shy, but we think he’s just looking at each and every person trying to figure out who his forever person will be!
Puffin has everything going for him except a home. Intelligent, athletic, sweet, and well behaved, he is nearly perfect in every way. This exuberant nine-month-old runs like the wind! He loves to play with people and dogs alike. Whatever activity you suggest, he's game!
Sharon Kowalski
Sharon is a quiet and shy kitty at the shelter, but she loves attention and pets at home. She is an exceptional house guest. She has lived in a foster home, and they said she was polite, well-behaved, and friendly. She is not unfriendly with other cats and could go home with them, but she likes to be independent and do her own thing.
At 2, Smush is perfect package. He's adorable, friendly, good with all ages and just such a star dog. We are all fighting over who gets to walk Smush. And, by "walk," we mean kiss his wrinkly, sweet blocky face. Smush is EVERYTHING! Seriously. You need to meet this guy. You will want to be his BFF, too. And, pinky promise, Smush is going to love you back 100 times over. He's that good.
I'm a simple girl with simple pleasures. I don't ask for much. A lap to snuggle in, belly rubs and a human that's as loyal to me as I am to you. I've had a hard, lonely life so it isn't easy for me to trust many people. Once you have my heart, I'll never take it back from you. My heart is SO ENORMOUS and my potential for devotion is PRACTICALLY BOTTOMLESS... come to Paws and ask for me, Sparkles. You will love me, I guarantee it!
Spirit came to us emaciated and under-socialized, but at 4 years old, this Boxer/Mix is now ready for the best life can offer. She adores nice walks, car rides, fluffy dog beds, and the company of other dogs. She’s a bit over eager with cats and would do best in a mellow home with older children or just adults.
Stitch prefers to spend her days quietly curating her tennis ball collection. Her foster mom says she's mellow and low-maintenance. Stitch enjoys being close to you when you're around, but also does well on her own at home. While she loves exercise and play, Stitch is more of a homebody, and would do best in a home without children. Email Laura at if you find yourself falling in love with the tennis ball queen.
Tara is a 1 year old Retriever/Mix who is ready to relax and recline, but still needs an adult who can get on her level and play. A relationship with her will take trust and patience, but once you win her over, the loyalty and friendship you will receive is unmatched!
When Wisconsin arrived with his mom and siblings, he was days old and all ears. Now, he’s a 1 year old Terrier, American Staffordshire/Mix who’s still all ears. He’s a wicked-smart, sweet boy who is friendly with all people and dogs once they’re properly introduced. Please e-mail Laura at if you are interested in meeting him.

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