PAWS has collaborated and supported numerous community agencies in the past, including homeless shelters, women’s shelters, mental health facilities, animal rescue groups, veterinary clinics and more. Below are just some of the highlights of this past work. For a comprehensive list of agencies we have collaborated with in the past, or to discover if we are able to collaborate with your group, please contact us.
Did you know that over 70% of domestic violence victims report that their abuser also targeted their pets? Animals in violent homes are at risk of ongoing neglect, violence, and mistreatment - but many women’s shelters simply lack the funding and ability to allow their residents to bring their animal companions to safety with them.
PAWS cares deeply about this issue and has worked with women’s shelters since our inception, finding safe foster homes and veterinary care for animal companions while their human caregivers seek safety. We have close ties to Anova, one of the largest high-security women’s shelters in Canada, and which - with assistance from PAWS and the wider community - was able to transform into a pet-friendly facility in 2019.
In 2020, Anova/PAWS collaborated on a grant from PetSmart Charities aimed at helping women seeking safety to pay for medical care necessary to bring their animal companions into a shelter with them. This wonderful program was able to help over 50 families find safety, together, in its year-long duration.
PAWS is proud of its ongoing partnerships with low cost and non-profit veterinary clinics, whose valuable work enables access to veterinary care for thousands of low income families and struggling individuals in our communities. These clinics are a vital piece of the larger puzzle in creating a safe and healthy Ontario for everyone, human and animal alike, regardless of income.
In the past PAWS has helped several of these clinics by providing volunteers, helping to fundraise, and working closely to establish mobile clinics for some of the underserved communities in our province. We will continue to do this valuable work wherever we can, and advocate for low cost veterinary care to be available to all who need it.
Historically, PAWS has been based in the London and Kitchener areas, primarily because this is where our volunteers have been based. But as we grow and expand, we hope to extend our services further afield. If you are interested in volunteering with us and are based elsewhere in Ontario, please get in touch! And if you live in a community or work with someone in a community we currently do not serve, and are struggling to find help or resources to keep companion animals safe and with their families, please reach out. We aim to expand into underserved areas so we can help as many as possible.