Who is Tanner’s Paws?

Tanner’s P.A.W.S. was founded in memory of Tanner, a 4-legged Labrador Retriever who lost his battle to cancer on March 4th, 2011. One year later, Tanner’s P.A.W.S. held their first board meeting on March 12, 2012. Now officially a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization following the no-kill philosophy, Tanner’s P.A.W.S. is dedicated to the care and safety of local animals. We are determined to establish relationships and work closely with area dog control officers, shelters, SPCAs and other rescues who share in our passion. After all, we all share the ultimate goal… to save as many lives as we possibly can.

Our Mission

Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety through rescuing, sheltering, adoption, education, and population management.


Rescuing Stray, abused, neglected, or at-risk dogs.

Adoption Placing dogs, those who have been cared for in our shelter or loving foster homes, into best- fit forever homes. We will also assist community members in re-homing their beloved pets they can no longer care for.

Education Our mission is to educate our community on the many aspects of responsible pet ownership.

Population Management Coordinating services to assist with low-cost spaying and neutering.


In addition to foster homes, Tanner’s P.A.W.S. is always looking for help in different ways. At times we need volunteers to transport dogs to and from vet visits, foster homes, and clinics. We need help fundraising. Events are great outlets to share information and educate. Sometimes we need help walking dogs and cleaning out our emergency shelter space.

If you are interested in supporting us while helping deserving dogs and forever homes, please fill out our volunteer application using the link from the site menu.

“Our mission is to rescue. Our hope is that someday we won’t have to.” – Unknown


While Tanner’s P.A.W.S. has a shelter located in the Town of Corning, our goal is to care for all of our adoptable dogs in foster homes, if possible. Our shelter is used only in emergency situations. Caring for dogs in foster homes allows us to get to know the dog better and, therefore, place him or her in the best- fit forever home, one that best matches the dog’s needs.

Tanner’s P.A.W.S. is always looking for foster volunteers. We provide food, collars, leashes, toys, beds, and crates if needed. Tanner’s P.A.W.S. takes care of the cost of all necessary vetting. We work closely with and support the foster family to ensure a happy, healthy, adoptable dog.

“If you’re wondering if fostering might be too emotionally difficult for you, I’m here to tell you that it is worth EVERY MINUTE when you see your (temporary) babies fall so immediately in love with their new families. Seeing the right dog matched with the right family is a priceless experience.’’
Sara Strong, Tanner’s P.A.W.S.’ foster