Paws Across the Water (PAWs) is a foster-based, non-profit organization and a registered charity, located in the Greater Toronto Area. We are 100% volunteer-based and work hard to find the best homes for dogs that were strays or abandoned.
Our mission is to rescue dogs from unfortunate circumstances and find them the BEST forever homes. Our dream is that one day we won't have to.
Through rescue, spay-neuter programs, education, and advocacy, we are working to reduce strays, advocate for laws that protect animals, and educate on animal welfare issues.
When we were looking for a dog to join our family, PAWS was one of the few organizations that took the time to work with us to find our fur baby. It was clear that they were genuinely interested in the dogs’ well being as well as helping us find the right fit for our family. Once they sent through the photos of Daisy, we were already smitten, but we appreciated the chance to be able to meet her in person before confirming she’d be coming home with us. After having her for 9 months now, we could not be happier and love having her as part of our family. Thank you PAWS for all the wonderful work you do finding these adorable animals their forever homes!
I am a senior with a long history of rescued pets. My family has provided homes to cats and dogs from quite a variety of shelters and rescue groups over the years. From the bottom of my heart, I can honestly say that no other rescue group I have dealt with in my lifetime has provided such careful placement, support and follow-up of the dogs in their care than Paws Across the Water. From the outset of the adoption process with PAWS, it was clear that a good home that matched the dog’s needs was a goal, but equally important was that we as adopters understood the challenges we may be facing in adopting that particular dog. Neither have I ever dealt with a rescue group that provided the support and advice that PAWS did at the time of rescue, and continues to provide two years later! Thank you PAWS... and our Radley is the most awesome dog!
The adoption process was very thorough, as it should be. I was thrilled to be accepted and Banks and I have been together just over a year now. Every dog deserves a loving home and the wonderful volunteers at Paws Across the Water make sure that this happens. I've recommended Paws to friends who have since become adopters also. I am now volunteering with this exceptional organization and couldn't be more proud.
The team at Paws Across the Water are responsive, genuine, passionate and go out of their way to ensure rescues are matched with the best home possible. I am so thankful for all their guidance, support, and love, and I am so inspired by all they do to help vulnerable dogs around the world. Adopting Bolt was the best decision I’ve ever made - he is a ray of sunshine that has forever changed my life, and it’s all thanks to Paws Across the Water.
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