Our Mission

Pound Paws is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving animals  in need of rescue in the Montreal area. Many of these animals are on death row in shelters or pounds.   Our group visits the shelters daily if necessary, finds and evaluates the animals and networks with rescues in Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes, serving as facilitators to find spots for them before the deadline is up.

We are completely run by dedicated volunteers and incur no administrative costs. All funds collected go directly and completely towards helping the animals. Pound Paws has been operating since 2012, saving over 1500 dogs so far.

Transport Partners

Quite often, the animals we rescue require urgent veterinary attention as soon as we find them. The shelters are typically unable to provide this, which usually would mean a death sentence, but we do whatever possible to save each of the animals we see.  We partner with two transport networks to get animals to their rescue placements, once a spot for them is found. Usually, animals are on their way to the rescues within 24 to 48 hours. Our transport partners are Freedom Drivers and Critter Cabs, both mainly operating along the 401 corridor.

How to Help

If necessary, we pull the animals from the shelters or pounds ourselves to buy them more time, and board them in a local facility until a typically foster-based rescue spot is found. Any donation towards veterinary care, pull fees or boarding costs will help us help those animals.

We are always in need of transport crates to get the animals out of the shelters and to their rescues, in addition to leashes, collars, and blankets. If you would like to help us help the shelter animals, please consider a donation via our Help Now page, or Contact US for in-kind contributions.


On the 26th of September, the City of Montreal voted on a breed specific law (BSL) and majority of votes have won this battle.
The new law will be taking full effect in the days, weeks to follow. This is terrible news, we are all extremely saddened & disappointed at this unjust and discriminatory decision that has been taken by our province.

This means a death sentence for thousands of innocent dogs on the island of Montreal, any Staffordshire Terrier, or any mixed breed is in great danger right now.

The Pound Paws team is offering immediate assistance to help save as many viable lives as we possibly can. We will put as much effort needed to this present cause that we hold very close to heart.

To do so, we will greatly require the support from out of province reputable shelters and Rescue organizations.
If any Rescue would like to offer their assistance to our organization, Please do not hesitate to contact us by email at Poundpaws@hotmail.fr

If you are not a Rescue, How can YOU help?
Many would like to lend a hand during this very difficult time, and there are many ways to do so…
Transportation: This is one very crucial part of Rescuing animals & we can never have enough volunteers, the more the merrier!!
If you would like to provide transport for some of these sweet babies, we urge you to join these 2 transport groups on Facebook.

If you live in a municipality that still allows bully breeds for the moment, we will require temporary foster homes. If you would like to help out by fostering a bully in need, please contact us at Poundpaws@hotmail.fr for more details and for further screening.

Some dogs may have to be flown out of the province in order to be saved and we will do what is necessary, there are no limits or boundaries to Rescue. Air Travel can get very expensive, but it is totally worth it.
If you are flying out to another province, or travelling by train in Canada and are interested in bringing along a companion to their respective rescue at no cost to you, please contact us via email Poundpaws@hotmail.fr.
If there any truckers out there who are traveling to the east or west coast of Canada, we are greatly considering this option aswell!

If you would like to collaborate by sponsoring a dog and making a donation towards our organization for any future travel / boarding costs, any amount is greatly appreciated. You can do so by sending your donation via email-transfer or PayPal at Poundpaws@hotmail.fr (password BSL)

If we can all work together, we CAN Make a difference!!!

Thank you all for your continued support♡♡♡

Pound Paws Team

Danya Graziani, Sabine McConnell, Karen Hillsdon & Sylvie Charlebois.

Oct 4, 2016: A somewhat typical week

In addition to all the craziness with the BSL by-law first passed by the city then temporarily suspended by a superior court judge, it's been a typical week for us. Three turtles and a snake are awaiting transport at the moment, Tyson, a very handsome pitbull mix, is enjoying his new foster home at the east cost, five dogs are being networked right now, one more is on the way, and quite a few kitties escaped death row. And no animal is in immediate danger... A big thank you to all our partners!

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