February 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

The pull fee applies to dogs only, and is at the discretion of the pound owners. All other animals are released without a fee. We do not charge a fee for what we do, the fee goes to the pound in order to release a dog to us and is typically covered by the rescues. For difficult cases (older dogs, dogs with medical problems, dogs requiring urgent vet care, pregnant dogs, dogs with behavioral problems, nonsterilized dogs, and breeds that are banned in certain provinces), it helps substantially if the pull fee is covered by a donor since the rescue can then put this money towards other expenses such as veterinary care. If you are interested in donating towards pull fees, we can let you know which dog or dogs you helped save with your donation. The cost to release a dog from a pound, even on death row, is $65.
While we truly appreciate the offer to donate your time to this cause, our core team needs to be fairly small in order to help the animals as quickly as needed. One of the reasons why we can help so many animals is that the decision in an animal’s best interest can be made fast. From time to time we may need extra help for certain events, we will then post a call for volunteers on our website.
Yes, of course. We are facing two restrictions at the moment: the shortage of foster homes, and, typical for so many animal rescue organizations, a shortage of funds. Our Donate page lists some other items we need; we and the animals are always grateful for any amount you are able to donate, no matter how small. If you are interested in providing a foster home, we will be happy to put you in touch with the rescues in your area we collaborate with. We particularly need foster homes for breeds that are banned in some provinces and for kittens and pregnant cats during the spring.
Our focus is on getting the animals out of the shelters. It takes time to find and then properly vet a possible forever home, and time is typically not something these animals have a lot of. The rescues we work with have that time once the animals are placed with them, and take on the responsibility of finding permanent homes.
We typically, but not exclusively, work with foster-based rescues in Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. If you are the representative of a rescue interested in collaborating with us, please email us at support AT poundpaws DOT org and we’ll be happy to talk with you.
Most of the animals come from shelters, either surrendered by their owners or found as strays.
We do whatever possible to find each animal a rescue before its deadline. If that is not possible, for whatever reason, and the deadline cannot be extended, we pull the animal ourselves (this usually applies to dogs and cats) and place it in a boarding facility until a spot in a rescue is found. This is why we depend heavily on donations towards boarding costs.
The groups are closed because we do not release animals to potential adopters, only rescues. By restricting the number of posts and comments, we can focus on the essential task of finding dogs their rescue spots. However, if you would like to join one of our group, please submit a request via Facebook. To make communication efficient, we have a page for dogs, one for cats, and one for other animals.
Our animals are released to approved rescues only, so sharing their stories to a wider audience will not increase their chances of finding a rescue. The time we would need to monitor comments for helpful information would take away from the time devoted to helping the animals in a more efficient manner.
We collaborate with two transport networks, Critter Cabs and Freedom Drivers, that move the animals from the shelters to the rescues. These transport networks are volunteer-based as well, and always looking for drivers (mainly along the 401 corridor). If you are interested in helping them, please visit them via their links on our Partners page.
Yes, Pound Paws helps cats and exotic animals as well.
We are not a shelter, but, under certain circumstances, we may be able to help you if you need to find a home for your animal. Please email us at support AT poundpaws DOT org. Here is our surrender form.
It depends. Sometimes, we find a spot for an animal as soon as the rescues find out about it. Most of our dogs, for example,  find foster homes within 24 hours, but sometimes it can take much longer, depending on the animal.

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