Since 1993

puppy dreams

With her beautiful heart and true love for her furry friends, Carol Kelly began rescuing homeless dogs in 2003. “Life without dogs would be no life at all,” she believes. “Dogs are the most loving and most loyal creatures that ever existed…they are the only creatures who care more about you than themselves…any human that does that, I’d sure like to meet them.”

Out of this commitment to helping man's best friend came Praying for Paws, Inc, a non-profit rescue organization in Henry County, GA. Initially, Praying for Paws pulled dogs from the local animal shelter in an effort to save them from being euthanized. But, as the economy changed and more families were forced to give up their animals, she realized that she needed to help these dogs stay out of local shelters. So she began accepting owner surrenders.

Not only does Carol commit her life to saving dogs, she also advocates for no-kill sheltering, the importance of spaying and neutering, and helps teach the public how to be more responsible pet owners.

"Mankind is given dominion over creatures on this earth but as long as we allow mass killing of innocent, feeling animals, we aren’t practicing in the manner our Lord intended. That’s the way I feel; this is what motivates me to keep on rescuing and helping as many as we can."

You are always welcome to stop by The Paw Pad to meet and talk with Carol, any of our furbaby-loving staff members, or meet our rescues.  We are physically located at 133 Jonesboro Road, McDonough, GA 30253.

Anton - Adoptable

Spaying Four Paws

Spaying Four Paws is a new community outreach program of Praying for Paws. Our purpose is to provide funds to spay and neuter dogs and cats for low income families living in Henry County. This opportunity is in conjunction with Georgia Gives Day and Fix Georgia Pets. You can support this outreach by donating at


See all of our available pets on PetFinder, review next steps and required documentation, and call us to get your adoption process started.



As a non-profit organization, we rely so heavily on the generosity of individuals and corporations to care for our rescues. Financial giving as well as donations of items helps us provide a comfortable home until our rescues can be matched with a forever family.


Rescuing animals is a very rewarding business, and it requires a huge commitment of time and energy. We love our volunteers as they help us provide care, love, and attention to our rescues while they await their new homes.