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

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