How we help
Pound Paws is a registered charity (Registered Name: Réseau Secours Animaux Pound Paws Animal Rescue Network Pound Paws, Business Number: 701528697RR0001), 100% volunteer-based organization dedicated to saving animals currently in need of rescue, focusing on the Montreal area. Many of these animals are on death row in shelters or pounds, with deadlines of days or even just hours. We do not discriminate for age, gender, or breed of the animal as long as future quality of life is possible. We rely solely on donations to cover our costs.
We are completely run by dedicated volunteers and incur no administrative costs. Having operated for five years now, our goal for this year is to expand our collaboration to include additional shelters and locations.
Why we are needed
While our rescues partners might have spaces available (especially in areas with less pressure on the shelters), they are typically unable to visit the shelters themselves daily because of the distances involved and resource constraints. 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 means a death sentence for the animal. If necessary, we pull dogs or cats 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. Once an animal has a spot in a rescue, we coordinate with two volunteer transport groups that relay the animals to their rescues. Our evaluators are seeing the animals daily, and can often react to a call for help from the shelter right away and we are able to send evaluations and descriptions of the animals to all of our approved rescues very quickly. In extreme cases, we get the animals out immediately if possible.