Paws Across the Water (or PAWS for short) is a Canadian registered charity based in southern Ontario, which officially began operations in 2017.
PAWS works with rescue partners to bring in international and local dogs, matching them with Canadian adopters. The reward is seeing the transformation of these dogs--from living in unfortunate circumstances to being healthy, happy and much loved.
It takes a village to do the work we do! We are volunteer-based rely on help from volunteers to assist us with things like fundraising, transportation, administrative tasks, and promotion.
We are committed to finding the right family for every dog we rescue and finding the perfect dog for every adopter we approve.
We aim to provide all our furry friends with the necessary vet testing and treatment to ensure a healthy and protected start to their new life.
We aim to uphold the highest standards when selecting both our rescued dogs and our adopters.
Our goal is to maintain good relationships by working together with our teams at home and abroad.
Respect for Animals
We seek to value each rescued animal by giving the necessities required to start them in their new life.
Respect for People
We seek to value every adoptive family by providing a helping hand when required as they begin their relationship with their new best friends.
Personal and Corporate Responsibility
We aim to be both personally and corporately responsible citizens on delivering on our commitments and goals within the communities in which we live, work and rescue.
Barbara loves dogs of every size and type, and it's got to the point where friends roll their eyes as she manages to turn almost every conversation to something about rescuing them. Barbara has been fortunate to travel widely and lived for part of the year in Greece for 3 years. This background is most useful to her rescue work, as she's visited and volunteered with rescuers there.
Barbara focuses on all aspects of running Paws, and is often involved in the background, making things happen.
Marlene Collins will do anything to save a dog, and is well known for jumping in a car, van or on a flight to do so. She worked independently with many rescues before joining Paws.
Marlene works tirelessly to support fosters and adopters, and to find her much loved pooches the wonderful homes they deserve. She has a wealth of experience dealing with dogs of all types, and particularly loves working with fearful or shutdown dogs.