Who We Are
Helping PAWS is dedicated to improving the lives of animals, alleviating their suffering and elevating their status in society through the rescue and rehabilitation. We also want to educate our community on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare. Advocating the value of all animal life, in hopes to end the neglect and abuse animals and help control the pet population through spay and neuter advocacy.
Amanda Ryan, Director of Rescue
Her passion is pups and she has been a “crazy dog-lady” since birth. Growing up in rural Southern Indiana, dogs always found their way to her as strays. She fell in love with the voiceless early on and continues to advocate for them. Amanda started in Non-Profit marketing out of college and has worked for one of the greatest no-kill shelters in the midwest, Humane Society for Hamilton County. Her paying job is a Realtor but her non-paying job as Director of the Rescue pays her in doggie kisses and she is just fine with that. Her motto is R&R (Rescue and Real Estate). Amanda and her husband, Mike are proud owners of rescued pups Miller & Dempsey (Westies) & Rockne, a beautiful pit bull mix who was near death when he came to Helping Paws. He is a true success story!
Syd Banch, Founder
While looking to add a dog to her family in 1998, a relative told Syd to rescue a dog. She started calling local vets and asking if we had rescues in our area as she was looking for a Golden Retriever. After a few calls, Syd was given the information to Rescue – Club Pet Adoption. She went out to look at dogs and they did not have one, but said they would call if one came in. In a week or two they called and she went back. It was love at first sight with Toby. After seeing the dogs in the shelter and talking to the owner of the rescue, her heart melted knowing there were so many dogs that people did not want. From that day forward, the start of fundraising and doing events to educate people on the over population of animals in the area. Almost 20 years later, Helping PAWS continues to raise funds for rescues all across the country by running online auctions on Facebook. Syd’s dog family includes Falcora, Louise, Petey, Lacy (foster fail), Ottis (hospice foster), and Allie (her most recent foster failure).