Aspects of Human-Pet Bonds

Helping Pets in Poverty or Crisis

40% of low-income pet owners surrender their pets because they can’t afford veterinary bills. The average cost of veterinary care for a healthy dog is $1235 per year. The average cost for a healthy cat is about $1044 per year.

Preventative Care

Helping one person might not change the world, but it will change the world for one person.

PAWS aims to prevent companion animal suffering, overpopulation, and unnecessary euthanasia or surrender to shelters and rescues. We collaborate with clinics offering essential veterinary services to subsidize vaccination, emergency care and spay/neuter services for those who are feral, rescued, or under the care of low-income or in-crisis guardians.



47% of surrendered cats have never been to a veterinarian.


35% of pets brought to shelter are brought there by an owner.


33% of surrendered dogs have never been to a veterinarian.

Preventative care is very important for the health of your pet – it is far easier to prevent illnesses than to treat them and can help to extend the life of your pet.

Benefits of Pet Companionship

Healthy pets mean healthy Canadians; pet ownership has proven benefits to mental, social, and physical health, and assistance animals improve the lives of those with disabilities.