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  • What We Do:

    We are an organization to prevent cruelty to animals and promote spaying and neutering. We want to find a perfect permanent home for every animal we care for.


    Four Paws Friends was established as an independent non-profit organization in 1996 by animal lover Rich Ferris to support the efforts of the Coshocton County Animal Shelter and to address the problem of homeless and unwanted pets in our community. Shortly after Four Paws was established, the Dr. James Pyle and Dr. Kevin and Sandy Pile families generously donated a $50,000 trust for capital improvements to the Coshocton County Animal Shelter to be administered by Four Paws.

    Four Paws continues to operate entirely by animal-loving volunteers. We have a dedicated board of directors that meets every other month. We are dedicated to the protection of animals and the advancement of their welfare.

    Funds raised by Four Paws are used for programs to decrease pet overpopulation, educate the public about responsible pet ownership, pet rescues, and for specific adoption center improvement projects. We always welcome new members and new ideas. Feel free to join Four Paws and volunteer in a variety of ways - the animals need us!

    Mission Statement

    Because all animals deserve to be free from cruelty and live in a healthy ad safe environment, it is the mission of Four Paws Friends to decrease the over population of Coshocton County dogs and cats, to support humane care and treatment for all animals needing protection and to ensure all animals adopted from Four Paws Friends remain free from cruelty and live in a safe, healthy and loving environment.

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