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 has been receiving many queries about the Media reporting of LAWS, stray dogs, and the Pound. Some of the headlines and reports have indeed been confusing.

The Pound is separate from LAWS - the Shelter. Dogs are not kept at the Pound for lengthy periods of time. The pound is a place of safety for a dog until its owner can be located or, if unclaimed, a dog rescue or Shelter space is sought out.

As of 01 April, LAWS will not be running the Pound for dogs. LAWS has contracted out this responsibility for stray or abandoned dogs. Dogs picked up by Animal Control Officers (ACOs) for the municipalities previously contracted with LAWS, will continue to be housed at the Lanark Dog Pound, located at the LAWS Shelter. This facility will be under the control of Laura and Marty Lowson.

LAWS (the Shelter) will continue to provide poundkeeper services for the two municipalities, Smiths Falls and Carleton Place, that pick up stray cats. LAWS (the Shelter) will also continue to accept surrenders of dogs and cats from the public who can no longer care for their pets.

If there are any questions or concerns about the change in pound responsibilities please contact LAWS at 613-283-9308 or via email at

Artistic Artists

The ARTISTIC ARTISTS are a group of 5 girls from Merrickville Public School, presented their cheque last week to The Lanark Animal Welfare Society. The girls handmade a wide variety of items which they sold at the school in April and raised $193.00 for their cause. Well done Artistic Artists!!

Luci the dog came to receive the cheque together with Marty Lowson, board member of LAWS. Thank you very much from all the paws of LAWS!!


Oxford was diagnosed with diabetes. He has been on foster care and his foster mom says that he’s an amazing cat. What he loves most (besides food) is to lay on you as close as he can get.

In his foster home, Oxford is living with other cats and dogs. Dogs are not his favorite buddies and he likes most cats. His foster mom would love to keep him until she can bring his diabetic numbers down, or ideally reverse his diabetes, but her own cats are showing signs of stress which is not fair to her own pets.

We need someone who is familiar with diabetic cats and knows how to administer his insulin. He needs it twice per day exactly 12 hours in between. It is a bit of a commitment but it can also be very rewarding because you might be able to help to either bring his numbers down or even reverse his diabetes. You're welcome to fall in love with him and even adopt him. He's a very handsome and affectionate cat.

While on foster care all vet visits and medication as well as food is covered by LAWS. If you think you’re able and willing to commit to this great cat, making a difference in his life then please call the shelter to make arrangements to meet Oxford. He's truly worth it!. (613-283-9308).



LAWS is looking for a foster home for an injured young, sweet brown/black Tabby cat. Her name is KIKI. Kiki has problems putting any weight on one of her legs. Initially the vet thought they needed to amputate her leg however after further examination they felt massaging the leg regularly might help. So for now that's the way we'd like to try it.

The cat is not at LAWS at the moment so please call 613-283-9308 if you are able to help. Thank you.

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