Training For Life

Training for Life is a program sponsored by A Place for Paws that provides socialization, basic obedience training and life skills to  some local shelter dogs who need a special boost.  The goal of the program is to give each rescue dog we bring in a foundation which will make them highly adoptable and help them find and stay in their forever home.


Graham was super friendly from the day he arrived at the shelter – so friendly he couldn’t stop mauling everyone who came near him. He thought the best way to play and show his love was with his mouth. The shelter workers couldn’t go in his kennel and he couldn’t come out to visit potential adopters. There was no way he would be adopted! We brought Graham to A Place for Paws and with a lot of dedicated training as well as lots of exercise, Graham began to find other ways to play and express his love. He was a favorite of our staff and enjoyed many admirers in our clientele. After being with us for several weeks, the shelter succeeded in finding Graham a new home. We were glad to have Graham at A Place for Paws and even more delighted to see him go to his forever home.


Dog Friendly Places in the Valley

We love dogs at A Place for Paws so it should come as no surprise that we would want to take our dogs everywhere and to meet other dogs wherever we go. One of our goals at A Place for Paws is to create a community where our pets are welcomed with plenty of opportunities to walk and sniff and play. We want our area to be a dog mecca where people and their pets feel free to visit and shop and meet other dog lovers. To this end, we have gathered an extensive list of businesses that are pet friendly and welcoming to dogs and a ton of area places to take your dog to walk and play as well as assisted living and resident homes that want dogs to visit and provide comfort to their clients. We want Columbiana and the Mahoning Valley to become a place where it is the norm to see dogs in the business place, at cafes and shopping in local stores. We want trails and parks to be dog friendly and prepared to accommodate dogs and their families.

Paws on Main, Ace Hardware, Birdfish Brewery and Assumption Village Assisted Living are just a few of the dog friendly places in our area. Percy, the Poodle, enjoys shopping at Paws on Main where there are always wonderful treats and toys to sniff and taste. We are lucky to have a lovely store like this in our town. Ace Hardware in Columbiana always welcomes dogs. They love to have them visit and have treats behind the counter. Brew, the German Shorthaired Pointer, enjoys shopping at Ace and of course, getting his treat. The adorable Goldendoodle puppy, Aheelea, visits the residents at Assumption Village. It’s good for him and it’s good for them. It helps Aheelea get socialization with different kinds of people and in return he gives the residents some fluffy puppy love. We look forward to featuring many more area businesses that welcome our canine companions.


Meeting & Greeting – Rescue Support

At A Place for Paws we love to support the people who are out in the community helping dogs in need. We are delighted to be able to offer a meeting place for rescues, fosters and potential adopters as well as a place for the dogs in foster care to come and play and learn to live and love again while looking for their new homes. We offer spots in our daycare, training classes and playtimes to the dogs while the rescue group is searching for their new forever homes. We love to take pictures of them and work on behavior issues as well as offer any support that their fosters may need. When the rescue dogs find their new families, we love to see the happiness of the pet and their new people. It is an honor to have a small part in the rescue story.

Maestro was surrendered to the rescue All Paws are Perfect by the family of his deceased owner after he had spent many months crated because no one in the family really had enough time for him. A Place for Paws is proud to have offered a place for the surrendering family to say goodbye, a place for Maestro to meet his foster family, a place for Maestro to come run and play while in foster care and finally a place to meet his new owner and leave his rescuers to go to his new home. Maestro came in an under-socialized nervous youngster and left a self confidence joyful soul who was loved by everyone who met him. His transformation was facilitated by the excellent rescue and foster program of All Paws are Perfect and we were very happy to play a small part in his care.