6 Legion Road
Paris KY 40361
Contact Information
Address 6 Legion Road
Paris, KY 40361
Phone (859) 9889800
Fax 859 9889800
Contact Name Samuel Wolbert
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1992
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer


It is no easy task to care for over 2,000 animals a year. 
PAWS is dedicated to each and every one of our animals from the time they come through our front door until they find a forever home. This level of commitment takes time, energy, passion and money. It also takes the support of caring friends and community. 
We appreciate any form of donation - time, talent, or treasure.  You can visit our website at to donate online or provide an item from our wish list.  We also offer opportunities for fostering and volunteering.  
Please call our shelter, visit our webpage, or email us  to see how you can make a difference!
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Our mission is to save and protect homeless animals through responsible adoptions, to provide humane care for all animals entrusted to us, to advocate for animal welfare, and to enhance the human-animal bond by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people in our community.

Background Statement


The Paris Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a private 501(c)3 organization, established in 1992, which runs an animal shelter located in beautiful Paris, Kentucky.  As a private organization, we are solely dependent on private donations and community support.
PAWS serves mainly Bourbon County, taking in stray animals and those relinquished by their owners. We are open admission, which means we will never turn away an animal in need regardless of age, health, or behavior issues. Despite being a small organization, we've taken in over 2,000 animals this year. At PAWS, we do not euthanize healthy adoptable animals.
Impact Statement

We couldn’t be more proud of the year we’re having – we transfer in, care for, and adopt out more animals now than ever before in our nearly twenty-five year history.

PAWS has implemented progressive and robust programs over the past few years, including community low cost spay/neuter, open adoptions, innovative animal housing, trap-neuter-return, managed admissions, and other animal welfare best practices. Through the efficacy of these efforts, PAWS has experienced tremendous growth, all the while consistently maintaining a monthly live release rate over 90%, and sometimes even higher. We’ve also been recognized as a “Model County Shelter” in Kentucky – one of twenty in the state – by a study done by the University of Kentucky.

None of our success would be possible without the continued support from our great community.  Please consider helping us as we continue providing excellent care to the homeless animals in our region!

Needs Statement
Donations are always welcomed!  
Supporting P.A.W.S. means you help a thriving, growing and local non-profit. For every dollar we receive, 96 cents goes to program services, with the other 4 cents going to administrative costs to support those programs. Therefore, effectively 100% of your donation goes to our mission of saving and protecting homeless and abandoned animals.
Please visit our website at to donate time or money or to purchase a much needed item from our wish list! 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
We have experienced tremendous growth in 2016 through our dedicated staff, progressive shelter policies, and local and national collaborations. We transfer in, care for, and adopt out more animals now than ever before in our nearly twenty-five year history.  
We’ve taken in 40% more animals from this point last year, and our adoptions have increased 60% over the same period, all while maintaining a live release rate of over 90%. PAWS is recognized as a “Model County Shelter” in Kentucky – one of twenty in the state – by a study done by the University of Kentucky. Since 2011, PAWS has staffed an adoption center at PetSmart in Lexington, KY, developing a positive reputation in the greater Lexington area. We work closely with surrounding communities, pulling animals from high-kill shelters in Harrison, Montgomery, Nicholas, and Powell Counties, among others.
PAWS is doing great things in the community, and only with your support can we continue to serve homeless and abandoned animals and fight animal overpopulation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach me at (859) 988-9800 or
Thank you for your support.
Samuel Wolbert
Executive Director
Paris Animal Welfare Society 
Geographic Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Bourbon County
Nicholas County
Montgomery County
Powell County
We serve Bourbon County, Kentucky and the surrounding central Kentucky region.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Zachary Logan
Company Affiliation Logan Veterinary Services, LLC
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Ms. Dee Allyene CPAVoting
Mr. John Hoenemier Secretary
Ms. Tina Jacobs Bourbon County SchoolsVoting
Mrs. Holly Kovach PAWS Board MemberVoting
Dr. Zachary Logan Private PracticeVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 94%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 84%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Samuel David Wolbert
Term Start Mar 2016

Samuel Wolbert is the Executive Director for PAWS. Before his current role, Mr. Wolbert was the Legislative Attorney for a nonprofit organization dedicated to passing stronger laws and ordinances protecting pets. While here, Mr. Wolbert helped lead efforts to eliminate the retail sale of animals in Michigan. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 8
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
PAWS offers a publicly available low cost spay/neuter clinic as part of our commitment to reduce pet overpopulation and promote responsible pet guardianship in our community.
Budget 60 per surgery
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success
To continue our dog placement rate and to increase our cat adoptions.
Program Long term Success
Long term, we hope to place all adoptable cats and dogs in homes and to end euthanasia at our shelter.
Efforts will be made to spay and neuter all companion animals in our community to decrease the number of homeless dogs and cats entering the shelter.
Program Success Monitored By
This will be monitored by comparing our adoption and intake numbers from previous years to current year.
Examples of Program Success
Dog placement rate has grown to over 90% in the last 6 years from a 60% rate and has held steady the last 3 years.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $297,000.00
Projected Expenses $297,000.00
Endowment Value $11,296.46
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$60,000$40,000$53,305
Individual Contributions$142,569$71,126$46,062
Investment Income, Net of Losses$781$7,789$6,608
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$38,481$91,826$48,354
Revenue In-Kind$21,312$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$255,198$272,064$310,501
Administration Expense$0$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.261.061.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%96%174%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$489,538$364,644$349,209
Current Assets$115,370$60,440$59,301
Long-Term Liabilities$3,108$1,621$2,938
Current Liabilities$30,054$0--
Total Net Assets$456,376$363,023$346,271
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 PAWS 990
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 990EZ
2009 990EZ
2008 990EZ
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments This organization filed for an extension to submit its 2015 990.
Address 6 Legion Road
Paris, KY 40361
Primary Phone 859 9889800
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Samuel David Wolbert
Board Chair Dr. Zachary Logan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Logan Veterinary Services, LLC