Our Work

For many years, pet stores have served as the primary distribution channel for substandard breeders to sell puppies, contributing to the overpopulation of pets in the homeless system, as well as the high euthanasia rates in shelters.

Following a two year campaign with the City of Ottawa, Team PAWS,  together with a broad coalition of partners and supporters,  successfully legislated against the selling of cats and dogs in Ottawa pet stores. In May 2021, a bylaw, banning the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores, will come into effect, adding to many other Ontario cities, including:

Toronto, Kingston, Mississauga, Vaughan, Waterloo, Oakville, Cambridge, Richmond Hill, Orangeville.

We fully support the many pet stores that embrace a humane business model and work collaboratively with local rescue groups and shelters.

PAWS strongly opposes pet stores selling puppies for profit. 

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Our Contribution to Animals

– One empty at a time –

We know all too well the cost of pet guardianship.  As part of our commitment to animals,  we collect empty beer cans, beer bottles, wine and liquor bottles, donating 100% of the proceeds to helping animals.

Our primary focus is on helping individual pet owners and families who struggle to keep up with the ongoing costs of their pet’s health care needs.

In 2020, our generous network of donors, including friends, family, neighbours, local businesses, and complete strangers, helped us raise over $15,000.00, all of which was distributed to help pay for vet bills and/or health costs relating to caring for animals.

We invite anyone who needs help with their pet’s health care to contact us directly.

If you would like to join our network of “empties” donors, please send us an e-mail to arrange drop off or pick up.

Find out more here: Empties for PAWS

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