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.
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.
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.
Hanging out with Cedric is a little like getting to snuggle a baby panda at a petting zoo. The first time we saw him up close, and got to pet him, we nearly squealed. Okay, we did squeal. Because, LOOK at him! He's all fluffy and soft. At 1, Cedric is a sunny, easy Shepherd/Chow (?) mix guy. He is learning his back commands, is eager to make new friends, and seems very comfortable in the world, even when his world is a shelter. He loves to play outside and he's very patient with our constant need to rub his little velvety ears.Cedric is polite in his kennel and a little bashful initially. But, after about 15 seconds of introduction, you're his friend, and all is well. He's the perfect size - about 45 pounds - small enough to pick up and put in the car, large enough to comfortably hold his own with the big dogs.
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.
Dempsey's what we call a "go-getter" in the shelter: fun, full-throttle, generous with the licks and love. He's a huge fan of playtime and pretty high-energy, though he does seem to balance out his "go" periods with ample naps once he's back inside. Dempsey is a big, exuberant boy, so he would do best with young adults. His love for tennis balls runs deep, but his love for you will run even deeper.
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. And he's calm-Ebbie seems to take life here in stride. Walk him on our trails, and Ebbie is quite polite. Unleash him, and instead of taking off, Ebbie surveys his kingdom with aplomb. He's definitely not dramatic. Instead, Ebbie seems content with who he is-a strong, confident fellow who could rule the world but chooses not to.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
Lady is an easy-going, good-to-the-bone 6 year old Terrier, Pit Bull/Mix who is house-trained, quiet, and non-destructive. She loves a good, full-body cuddle. She needs to go to a home without any other dogs. Please e-mail Laura at if you are interested in meeting her.
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. This girl is just gold. 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. Outside on our walking trails, she's so happy and joyful we're worried she's going to float away. 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.
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. Most of her life has been spent with us, just waiting for a home, which just seems crazy to us, given how loving she is. Oakley craves companionship and routine. She loves to be with you, and she loves being praised for how smart she is, and what a good girl she is. 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. On leash, Otter glides gracefully and politely along, stopping for the occasional sniff and affirming pat. Off leash, she applies her fancy footwork to tennis balls, driving them from one point to the next with remarkable skill. Otter is four years old and in her prime. She's beautiful, too, with her sleek dark flanks and white face and socks. Ask Otter to sit, and she'll do so immediately. Offer her a treat, and she'll accept it gently. 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. Puffin is also a gentleman. He comes when called and is eager to please, looking at you for his cues. He is mannerly on his leash and he waits to be released into his kennel or onto the trails. Whatever Puffin's heritage might be, it works. Stand back, and you can see his Rottweiler coloring. Watch him run, and a sleek herder or a retriever springs to mind. He is, in a word, beautiful.
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.
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.
Yogi is our shelter Katherine Hepburn - strikingly pretty, highly intelligent and very much her own lady. At 8, she just returned to PAWS after a few months in a foster home with another dog. Yogi was good friends with her foster's dog, but she would need to meet any other dogs in her future home to make sure they're a good fit. She would love to end up with a homebody, or someone who works from home, as the daily goodbyes kind of break Yogi's heart. Come meet her and see why we think this girl is so special.

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