Lanark Animal Welfare Society

Our mission is to promote the welfare of all animals, to provide shelter and care, and prevent cruelty and suffering for those animals in need.



LAWS is Seeking New Board Members

LAWS is currently looking for Board members with a solid business background and expertise in Finance, Human Resources, Fundraising, and Communications/Social Media.

If you want to help make a difference in the lives of pets in the Lanark County area, if you have the time to commit to help LAWS survive and thrive, if you enjoy working as part of a dedicated, enthusiastic team, then we would like to meet you. For more information contact Kathy at

LAWS Animal Shelter
LAWS Shelter - 253 Glenview Road, Smiths Falls


LAWS provides shelter for domesticated animals only. We house cats and dogs at the shelter. Occasionally rabbits and horses come into our care but they go to foster homes right away. We do not have the resources nor are we a licensed rehabilitator to take in and care for wild animals.

Now that Spring has arrived, there are newborn babies all around us. The first instinct of a human when they come upon very young kittens or wildlife, is to protect them. The best thing to do is to not touch young wild animals or go too close to them. Read more ...

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Thank You

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who came out to support and place bids during our Spring Online Auction. We would also like to thank our local community businesses and individuals who donated many lovely items as well as those who volunteered to deliver and be on hand for auction item pickups. Your support is what makes these Auctions possible. Through everyone's support, LAWS was able to raise $3,000 for the animals in our care.

LAWS would like to extend many thanks to Jenna and her staff at Almonte Pet Valu for their tremendous efforts to raise funds for our Shelter throughout the month of April and during the recent Pet Adoption Weekend.

A total of $3,300.00 was raised as part of the Pet Appreciation Month Campaign. Thank you so very much!

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Valley Granite and Tile - Carleton Place

LAWS would like to thank Valley Granite and Tile for organizing such a successful music and dance fundraising event "Aloha Ambush", which was held on Friday, April 21, 2017.

We would also like to thank the many sponsors who donated silent auction items and raffle prizes and everyone who came out to support LAWS and Dickie's Cause for Paws. A total of $2,500 was raised! Thank you all so very much.

Rebecca and Emma

LAWS would like to thank Rebecca and Emma, pictured here, for taking donations of food and toys on Saturday, April 22nd, during the Pet Adoption Event at Pet Valu Almonte. Both girls are in Grade 5 at Holy Name of Mary in Almonte. This was part of a class project of giving back to the community. Thanks so much girls!


Dave and Cathy Lindstedt Animal lovers Dave and Cathy Lindstedt helped launch the New Digs for LAWS capital campaign with a $5,000 donation at this year's 'Walk Your Paws for LAWS' Event. A further $5,000 which was raised that day, has helped launch LAWS on the road to its goal of $525,000 for the campaign.

The campaign has a $525,000 goal to either build a new shelter for the Lanark Animal Welfare Society or provide significant upgrades to its current location.

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