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.

Happy Endings



A Very Happy Tail

This amazing boy survived a fire that destroyed the home he shared with several other cats. Tuffy not only survived the amputation of his right front leg but being caged for about a month at the shelter during his convalescence. Tuffy came back sweet and active and purring – what a guy!
It is totally understandable that people might be hesitant to adopt a cat with special needs but Tuffy has found the right home with the right family.

Tuffy’s new mom writes:

“Just wanted to send an update on Tuffy. He is our third “LAWS” cat since 2004. We have renamed him “Castiel” (our little angel). He settled in right away and by day 2, he was very comfortable. He is a VERY affectionate little guy, loves to give kisses and head butts with both of us. Unfortunately this little guy wanted to be friends with our current cat “CLEOpatra” but she didn’t want anything to do with him, keeping him at a distance. He was so cute trying to get close to her and giving a sad little “chirp” when she rebuffed him. 5 days later, she now allows him to sit on “HER” chair, but still has not come completely around yet.

He’s happy, healthy and getting stronger each day! We LOVE the little guy and look forward to years of friendship in his new Furever Home.”

Additional Note: Tuffy won the hearts of everyone at the shelter during his stay with us and we are so very happy that he has found his furever home. We are confident he will eventually charm Cleopatra like he charmed us – it just may take a while!


Shadow and Bagheera


Here’s a new photo of our lovely little boys Shadow and Bagheera, who were adopted last week from Natural Pet Foods Store in Carleton Place.

Their new mom writes:

I’ve renamed them Mac & Cheese, Mac is the small one on the left with the red collar/harness & Cheese is the one on the right.

The ladies at the pet store were wonderful and extremely helpful and patient. I spent hours there a few weeks before, wanting these boys. They even let me borrow their cat carrier, I bought two new ones yesterday.


Roger’s New Family writes :

Just a quick update on Roger also known as Gardening Jo , as he has a profound love for my plants, lol.. Roger is doing great, getting really big. Roger is very active, always silly … Gets along well with the kids and spends half of his days on top of the world in his cat tree.

Thank you LAWS for all you do and for allowing us to add such a cool guy to our family.


Carl’s New Family writes :

Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that Carl is doing great at our house. He is such a chill, affectionate, goofy guy. He and Bonnie are pals and he has even convinced our cat Brownie to be friends. He is always looking for a cuddle and happy to curl up in any and every spot he can find.

All 3 of our furry friends have been adopted from LAWS – Thanks so much for all you do!
Not the best picture of me but a good shot of sweet Carl. I was sick in bed for a few days and Carl was purring away in my ear and giving me regular cuddles




Candi’s New Person writes :

Hey! I hope you guys remember me, I adopted Candi on Friday the 3rd. Just wanted to send you a little update on how’s she’s doing. Candi is currently curled up next to me in bed purring away.

The very same day I adopted Candi, she came out of hiding and claimed my bed as her own.

Candi is still a little skittish with anyone who isn’t me, but the moment I walk into the room and talk to her she perks up and starts purring and kneading the bed. I think we were meant for each other.

I just wanted to thank you guys for allowing me to adopt this beautiful girl. Candi is very loved.






Happy Ending Update from Dixie’s Family :

We have had Dixie (now known as Bailey) for the past 3 weeks & have loved every minute of it.
She is a firecracker and has the most amazing personality. We are 100% in love with her.
She loves socks and playing with anything she can get her paws on. She has definitely come out of her shell these past few weeks and is so snuggly. She thinks she is lap dog!

We just wanted to send a note your way to say that we can not thank LAWS enough for bringing her into our lives. Adopting Dixie has been the most rewarding experience & we have been telling everyone how amazing your shelter is!

Chelsea, Travis & Bailey


Phoebe Photo Collage


Blonde Phoebe landed in our laps, very happily, on April 9th 2016, in the intake room at LAWS.  She’d been there only a few hours.  We took her home 2 days later, when she met Toby (the redhead) who gave her the cold shoulder to start with. Relations have thawed, and they now enjoy watching the birds and squirrels side by side, and occasionally playing with toys together.

Phoebe, who is a large-framed cat and a little plump at 13.5 pounds, is 3 pounds lighter than she was when she arrived.  She LOVES her food and is a loudly vocal beggar.  When we met Phoebe, her fur had been roughly sheared and we weren’t sure what colour she was; her under-coat is a creamy white.  It turns out her top coat is quite brown – and clashes with Toby’s bright orange-ginger!

We could tell that Phoebe wasn’t used to real exercise.  Stairs were new to her, she didn’t run or play at all, and would pull herself up on furniture with her long claws.  Now, she races up the stair with glee, and jumps on the furniture … leaving long, woolly fur everywhere.

Phoebe is a delightful, affectionate girl who loves being brushed and enthusiastically pulls toys out of the basket to play.  She’s a great companion – we are so lucky!

Patricia Robertson and Family



Lucy’s new family reports :

Hello, on November 4, 2016 we adopted our dog Lucy from your shelter. I wanted to let you know that we have been enjoying her immensely and I think the feeling is mutual. We had a few times where she was leaving presents behind and some incidents with chewing when we left her alone, but we’ve been able to deal with each problem well by crating her when we leave (she’s much calmer this way) and closing garbage can lids …

Thanks so much!
From, Paul, Lorna & Alyssa Mak

HAPPY TAIL: KAL is settling into his new home


A Note from Kal’s New Family

After spending a few minutes with Kal at LAWS we could tell he was a special dog. We wanted to foster him despite his health condition, which at the time was unknown. We were thrilled when Kal was cleared for adoption, as he has brought us so much joy.

It’s been rewarding to see Kal break out of his shell since he arrived home with us. He’s a wonderful dog. He’s quirky, curious and very loving; and he absolutely loves to cuddle! We’re grateful to the dedicated teams at LAWS and Valley Vet who took great care of him. Thanks so much!

HAPPY TAIL : HUTCH Returns Home a Celebrity!


After an adventuresome 24 hours, Hutch, named for the late lead singer of INXS Michael Hutchence, returned safely home to his dog house in Drummond North Elmsley where he lives with owner Jennifer, younger sister Starla and older 2-legged brother Patrick.

Hutch, an ex-pat New Zealander, born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand on 4 Feb 2008 (he’s Aquarius) regrets giving his family a fright, however freely admits to having had a REALLY GREAT TIME and meeting a lot of REALLY NICE PEOPLE including: LAURA 1 who found him on the side of Kelley-Jordan Road, fed him bacon, his favorite food (how did she know?) and took him to meet KATHY, President of Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) who let him join the gang for a sleepover last night.

Early the next morning Hutch met LAURA 2, Animal control officer, Montague, who took him on a road trip to Kemptville, where he got to meet ANDY CEO, Big Sky Ranch and his lovely assistant Pauline and a host of other assorted critters, all the while being on his best behavior and not chasing cats while awaiting reunion with his family. This whole impromptu Getaway cost NO MORE than 55$ upon picking Hutch up early this afternoon. Jennifer thought this was a REAL BARGAIN considering she had forgotten to re-register Hutch’s microchip here in Canada which she promises to do IMMEDIATELY AND given all the fun activities Hutch had enjoyed while he was away..

Jennifer would like to take this opportunity to THANK God and all those kind people mentioned above, including GLEN, animal control officer, Drummond –North Elmsley, and the HOSTS of the most effective FB Page Ever, Ottawa Valley Lost Pets. You Guys ROCK!

Also as a PERSONAL THANK YOU Hutch will be making a donation of $50 to LAWS for the purchase of more marrow bones and dog cookies to share with all his Friends and Future Guests of LAWS/Montague pound. Woof! WOOF!


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