“Where we go Miles for paws big and small”
by Cassie Mattia
Loveland, Ohio – Spring is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons, one of those reasons being that National Dog Appreciation is recognized and celebrated! With 3.3 million dogs entering into shelters and 670,000 dogs being euthanized every year, our furry friends need our support more than ever. With that in mind, I looked all over Loveland and finally found Paws for Miles founders Tonya and Jennifer, two of the most respected dog adoption and foster advocates in Ohio! Paws for Miles is a Loveland foster-based rescue dedicated to helping dogs of all breeds, ages, colors, health, physical abilities, temperaments, and habits. At Paws for Miles all dogs are housed in foster homes where they are cared for, socialized, and vetted.
“Saving one dog won’t save the world, but surely the world will change for that one dog”
Paws for Miles began with one inspirational fur baby; Miles. Tonya and Jennifer were first introduced to Miles after discovering his previous owner had beaten and shot him. Both Tonya and Jennifer did everything they possibly could to ensure that Miles had a fighting chance, but the medical expenses became overwhelming. Luckily, Tonya and Jennifer were flooded with donations after the community heard about Miles and his condition. Sadly, Miles died from his injuries, but his legacy would live on through the donations that people gave to help him to start what is now called, “Paws for Miles.” Through the continued efforts by the Paws for Miles team, many dogs have been saved from terrible environments and given “new leases on life” with loving people. This is what Tonya and Jennifer refer to as “Happy Tails,” meaning dogs who have left their old lives behind for new forever homes.
This is Marley. The first photo shows the day Marley was pulled from a kill shelter in Kentucky. Marley was to be euthanized that day. The two following photos show Marley once he met the “Paws for Miles” team!
This is Stella. She was at a shelter being untreated for mange. Many rescues passed her up due to the medical expense. As soon as Tonya and Jennifer saw her, they pulled her. The first three photos show Stella right after being rescued. The bottom two photos show Stella happy and on a road to recovery after being saved by “Paws for Miles!”
This is Callie. She gave birth in a shelter and was terribly neglected when “Paws for Miles” saved her and her puppies from euthanasia. “Callie is a pit mix which you are aware has such a bad reputation and this girl is the best ever,” said Tonya. The first two photos show Callie and her puppies before being saved from neglect. The following two photos show Callie after being rescued.
Callie and I bonded immediately in the Loveland Magazine recording studio.
In my new Table of Discussions episode, you will see Callie, a beautiful and well-behaved Pitbull/Husky mix, and Angel, a brand new Doodle/Collie puppy, on camera while Jennifer and Tonya talk about how Paws for Miles got started and tell both “Courage” and “Miles” stories. During the interview, you will learn more about the dangerous dogs list, how you can foster or adopt a dog from Paws for Miles, and how you can donate or volunteer your time to Paw for Miles. You will also get a sneak peek at five Paws for Miles fur babies that are ready for their permanent homes! Are you ready to learn more about how you can show some love to the doggies?! Tune in below to my National Dog Appreciation Table of Discussions episode featuring Tonya, Jennifer, Callie, and Angel!
Want to learn more about Courage’s journey? Click here.
About Paws For Miles
Our mission at Paws for Miles is that we will goes miles for all paws big and small. We serve animals by providing them with a safe place, medical care, and by finding them a loving, safe, happy, and permanent home. We also try to provide informational help for established homes. We accept all animals regardless of age, color, wellness, temperament, and habits (space permitting). We have animals that are ready for their permanent home. The animals are our first concern. If you are unable to care for your animal(s) please contact us day or night and we can arrange to pick up. We realize that times are hard and that life is also hard. Sometimes the cuts we have to make require us to have to give up a valuable family member as in a pet Change of job, moving, or any reason. All names in our files are kept confidential. We do not judge anyone. Paws for Miles is Cincinnati’s sanctuary that provides: – Shelter/rescue surrender services – Adoption of shelter animals – Hospice Services – Up-to-date health, nutrition and care information – Vet Referrals Find out more about adoption and requirements, how to donate, how to join the team or volunteer, and view adoptable Pets at Paws for Miles. We also try to provide informational help for established homes. We accept all animals regardless of age, color, wellness, temperament, and habits (space permitting). We have animals that are ready for their permanent home. The animals are our first concern. If you are unable to care for your animal(s) please contact us day or night and we can arrange to pick up. We realize that times are hard and that life is also hard. Sometimes the cuts we have to make require us to have to give up a valuable family member as in a pet Change of job, moving, or any reason. All names in our files are kept confidential. We do not judge anyone.
“Happy National Dog Appreciation!” Love, Nala, Adam, Cassie, and Dean.
Columnist Cassie Mattia is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland and the Public Relations Coordinator at Butler County Board of DD. Cassie was awarded the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance 2021 Young Business Professional of the Year. She is the President and Publisher of Loveland Magazine.
Contact Cassie if you would like to be considered to be on an episode of her Table of Discussions.