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Paws Apparel LOVES rescues

Alice Chiasson

I guess the title says it all. At Paws Apparel we love rescues, whether it is rescue dogs, cats, kittens, or even ducks. 


At Paws Apparel we are always working with rescues all over Ontario and even the United States. Over the years I have fostered dogs and a pregnant cat from the Mississauga Humane Society. I then joined the AMAZING team at T.E.A.M Dog Rescue and fostered approximately 3 dogs with them. These dogs were found in high kill pounds or rescued from deplorable conditions in Mexico, and given a wonderful new life in Canada. I was very fortunate that at the time I was a dog walker and pet sitter so all the dogs that fostered with me were taken out for great long hikes and were socialized properly. 


Since moving to Ottawa 4 years ago I have not been able to foster dogs anymore, so I have decided that through Paws Apparel I would do as much as I could to help. 


Paws Apparel did a fundraiser for the Rolling Dog Project, which was a small project started by Jerry West in Burleston, Texas. Due to the cost and delay in shipping for a dog wheelchair he developed a simple and inexpensive design for a dog wheelchair, and donated time and money to make and send wheelchairs to dog owners in the US and Canada. If he was not able to make one for a pet, he provided instructions to the owner on how they could simple make one. 


Paws Apparel soon joined forces with Rough Start New beginnings rescue, based out of Durham, and have assisted them with outfitting their rescue pups with new collars and leashes so that the dogs in their care can go to new homes with nice new collars to start a bright new life


After tragic events in Ottawa in 2014, where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot by a lone gunman at the war memorial, I decided to try to do something special to help members of the armed forces. I designed a special "Support our Troops" ribbon, which could be made into collars, leashes and harnesses. The products created with "Support Our Troops" products were sold for 20$, with 10$ being donated to the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) " Support our Troops" Fund. We happily donated over 700$ to the CFMWS from November 2014 to January 2016, and continue to make donations from sales of the Support Our Troops products. 

Support Our Troops collar


Some of the other rescues in Ontario we have happily supported with product donations, sponsorship, and volunteering at events are:

- Ottawa Humane Society

- Boston Terrier Rescue Canada

- Dames Saving Danes

- The Avery Foundation


Paws Apparel will always help whenever and wherever we can!

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