Community Partners

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.

Partnerships with Women’s Shelters

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.

Partnership with Veterinary Clinics

PAWS is proud of its ongoing partnerships with Veterinary Clinics including low cost and non-profit providers, whose valuable work enables access to veterinary care for people in our communities.

We strive to support and collaborate with Veterinary Clinics, in order for them to access our programs on behalf of their clients and understand where we can best make an impact. By providing subsidized costs for care, we hope to alleviate the stress that Veterinary Clinics and their clients face when needing to make decisions for purely financial reasons.

We will continue to do this valuable work wherever we can, and advocate for low income families and struggling individuals in our communities.

New Communities

PAWS currently offers help to people across southwest Ontario. Historically we have 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 are extending our services across Southwest Ontario. If you are interested in getting PAWS services in your area, consider volunteering with us or helping us find funding in your area. We aim to expand into underserved areas so we can help as many as possible.

PAWS Current Serving Area

  • London
  • Hamilton
  • Brantford
  • Kitchener
  • Strathroy-Caradoc
  • Lucan
  • Township of Adelaide Metcalfe
  • Municipality of Middlesex Centre
  • Municipality of North Middlesex
  • Municipality of Southwest Middlesex
  • Municipality of Thames Centre
  • Village of Newbury