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Our Mission

Paws and Claws Humane Services, Inc.

To Help injured, abused, and homeless animals.

To return the animals to their rightful owners or to find homes for the animlals if possible.

To educate the public regarding the importance of spaying and neutering pets and to promote/organize spay and neuter programs.

To educate citizens as to humane animal care.

To involve the governing authority of WIllkinson County and the governing authoritities of the municipalitiies located in the county in the promotion of the humane treatment of animals and the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

To aid local law enforcement with investigations of suspected neglect, cruelty, or abandonment of animals.

To work towards the establishment of a suitable shelter for abandoned, neglected, or unwanted animals, which shall not be operated as a kiling facility for such animals.

Our Values

"At Paws and Claws Humane Services, Inc., our values are the cornerstone of our commitment to animal welfare and guide every action we take in our mission:

Compassion and Empathy: We believe in the inherent value of every animal's life and demonstrate unwavering compassion and empathy towards all beings in our care. We treat each animal with kindness, respect, and understanding, recognizing their individual needs and unique personalities.

No-Kill Philosophy: We firmly adhere to a no-kill philosophy, striving to save every adoptable animal's life. We reject euthanasia as a solution and work tirelessly to find loving, permanent homes for all animals in our care.

Commitment to Excellence: We are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of care, rehabilitation, and adoption processes. We continuously seek to improve our practices, ensuring the well-being, health, and happiness of the animals entrusted to us.


Community Engagement and Education: We actively engage with our community to promote responsible pet ownership, spaying/neutering, and the importance of adoption. Through educational programs and outreach efforts, we aim to foster a more compassionate society towards animals.


Transparency and Accountability: We operate with transparency, maintaining open communication and accountability in all our actions. We uphold ethical standards and ensure that donations and resources are used efficiently for the benefit of the animals we serve.


Collaboration and Respect: We value collaboration and partnerships with other animal welfare organizations, volunteers, donors, and the community at large. We treat everyone with respect, valuing diverse perspectives and working together towards our shared goal of improving animal welfare.


These values serve as our guiding principles, driving us to make a meaningful difference in the lives of animals and inspire positive change within our community."

Meet the Board of Directors

Scott Lewis

Board Chairman

Cindi Brooks

CFO/ Treasurer

Allyson Bailey


Jori Acosta


Lisa Shelton


Scott is a Sr. Field Safety Professional for AMERISAFE Worker’s Compensation Insurance, He has over 20 years of experience in the safety industry and a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Health & Safety. Scott holds various certifications from prominent organizations such as MSHA, OSHA, and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, he has consistently demonstrated a commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety in the workplace.

Scott's love for animals, particularly dogs, has led him to become an integral part of Paws and Claws Humane Services, Inc. He joined the board in 2021 and quickly became a voice for animal welfare. His dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of abandoned, abused, and neglected animals is evident in every endeavor he undertakes.

In December 2023, Scott was elected as the Chairman of Paws and Claws Humane Services, Inc. In this role, he is working collaboratively with board members to secure grants and private funding for the spay & neuter program and the development of the Martha F. Cannon Animal Shelter in Irwinton, GA.

Scott's vision is to complete the Martha F. Cannon Animal Shelter to serve the citizens of Wilkinson County, GA. He envisions a safe and healthy facility that not only rescues animals but also provides them with a nurturing environment. Scott believes in the transformative power of a well-built shelter to uplift the lives of abandoned and mistreated animals in Wilkinson County.

Cindi Brooks

Allyson Bailey

Jori Acosta

Lisa Shelton

Meet Our Fosters & Volunteers

Cindi Brooks

                           Allyson Bailey

                                                       Lisa Shelton

                                                                               Sandy Nowik Yon

                                                                                                                        Ginger Hipp

If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a foster, please download the application above and email it to the board at

Donors & Partners

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