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PAWS - Peoples Animal Welfare Society

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PAWS was established in 1972 by a group of animal lovers who wanted to assist animals in need.

We proudly enforce a strict no-kill policy, while providing a unique free-roam shelter where homeless, abandoned and abused animals are given safe haven - indefinitely. We offer exceptional care to the animals in our charge that is second to none.

PAWS is the only rescue, of which we are aware, that routinely tests our cats for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – a.k.a Feline Aids), FeLV (Feline Leukemia) and FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) illnesses which can be life-threatening to other cats. Because we do not want our adopters to endanger their own animal companions we incur this extra expense and effort. If any of our rescues are diagnosed with one of these diseases, we DO NOT euthanize. We arrange suitable housing on an individual basis. Most often, these cats live full, healthy, normal lives. We would be pleased to offer additional information and to share our experiences with these special felines (most of these experiences have been of a positive nature) and would also direct you to our FAQs for more information.

PAWS has never considered any animal ‘unadoptable’ and we DO NOT give up on those with special needs. We have many wonderful success stories to prove it. PAWS spares no expense to save a life as the special souls who come to us are all individuals.  We trust you will enjoy touring our website and learning how PAWS has been going above and beyond for over 45 years.




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Recent donors

Recent donors
Date Name Amount
Sep 27 Constantine Yorkville Run Top-Up Winner! CA$250.00
Sep 19 Carlo Ammendolia Thanks for all the good work you do. Veronica & Carlo Ammendolia CA$106.22
Sep 19 Diana Fernandes CA$61.87
Sep 18 Jonathan M Congratulations Kim. I hope everyone acknowledges your hard work and commitment to PAWS. CA$106.22
Sep 14 Dave Garriock Great work Kim! CA$53.11
Sep 11 Shelagh Feith CA$53.11
Sep 09 Anonymous Undisclosed amount
Sep 09 Linda Chenoweth For the 💜 of animals CA$106.22
Sep 09 Alex Hennick CA$100.00
Sep 09 Sean McNulty CA$106.22