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 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.

We fully support the many pet stores that embrace a humane business model.  These stores 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

We know all too well the cost of pet guardianship.  That’s why we donate a portion of our fundraising money to help those who need it most.  As part of Empties for PAWS, we collect empty beer cans, beer bottles, wine and liquor bottles, donating 100% of the proceeds to helping animal rescue groups and organizations who work directly hands-on with animals.

Our current focus is in helping individual pet owners and families who struggle to keep up with the ongoing costs of pet health care and grooming.

In 2019, our generous network of donors, including friends, family, neighbours, and sometimes complete strangers, helped us raise over $7000.00, all of which was distributed to help pay for vet bills and/or costs relating to caring for animals.

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

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