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.

Recent Events

Global Pet Foods – Show Us Your Heart


Global Pet Foods at 6081 Hazeldean Rd in Stittsville, will be holding their Annual “Show us Your Heart” fundraiser from February 11th to February 24th. This national campaign raises funds for animal shelters and pet rescue groups across Canada. Global Pet Foods Stittsville is once again partnering with LAWS Animal Shelter.

When you purchase a paper paw print for $5.00, or make a monetary donation of your choice, Global Pet Foods will match every donation with their own $1 donation.

On Saturday, February 17th, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, LAWS volunteers will be on hand at Global Pets Foods Stittsville with some adorable, adoptable kittens. Hope to see you there!

February Adoption Weekend

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LAWS will be holding an Adoption Weekend Event featuring adorable, adoptable kittens at two Pet Valu locations from February 9th to 11th, 2018.

LAWS Reps will be on hand to answer your questions on the following days/times :

PERTH PET VALU (80 Dufferin Street) February 9th, 10th and 11th from 11:00AM to 3:00PM

ALMONTE PET VALU (430 Ottawa Street) Laws reps will be on hand on SATURDAY, February 10th from 12:00 NOON to 3:00 PM.

Both locations will also be graciously accepting clean donations of empty beer, wine and spirits for our EMPTIES for PAWS at LAWS Bottle Drive.

Available kittens will be featured on our Facebook page prior to the weekend

Empties for Paws at LAWS


This February, LAWS will be holding a bottle drive – A great way to recycle and raise some funds for our animals at the same time.

If you would like to participate, you can drop off your empty bottles of beer (cans and bottles), wine and spirits at the LAWS Animal Shelter at 253 Glenview Road, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

We will have a designated space set up at our storage shed facility at the northwest corner of our lot. Watch for our signs and thank you for giving !

12 Days of Christmas Online Auction


Tis the Season for our Next Online Auction !

Mark your calendars and join us for our ’12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS’ Online Auction for LAWS Animal Shelter, which will take place once again from December 1st to December 12th.

A fabulous line-up of items will be available – Some awesome gift ideas, decor for the holidays and our usual mix of practical items and ecclectic must-haves for vintage collectors. Proceeds from this Auction support the many animals in our care. To register to participate, please visit our Auction page at

If you are a business or individual and would like to get involved by donating some new or gently used items, please drop these off to the LAWS Shelter at 253 Glenview Road in Smiths Falls. Thanks so much!

LAWS Annual General Meeting

LAWS-AGM-2017LAWS Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at the Kinsmen Pavilion at Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Registration begins at 12:30pm.

If you would like to become a LAWS Member or need to renew your membership, please contact the shelter before October 21st to make arrangements. Email: or Phone: 613-283-9308.

You do not need a membership to attend this meeting as an observer, but you do need to be a member in order to vote.

Retro Throwback Halloween Dance Party


Retro 80’s & 90’s Halloween Dance Party!!

Dress up in your finest 80’s & 90’s fashion and dance the night away old school with us! All proceeds will go to LAWS Animal Shelter to help with their fight in saving animal lives. There will be Costume and Door prizes.
Tickets will be available at Valley Granite & Tile or Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce office on Bridge St. Cash only please.

Must be 19+ to attend

Toonies to the RESCUE Campaign


The Perth Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), a group of local citizens committed to serving the welfare of animals, announces its first “Toonies to the RESCUE” campaign. All funds raised will go to LAWS. The campaign which will run from March 1st to April 30th, 2016 is also sponsored by Perth Downtown Pharmasave. This unique fundraiser invites the public to pick up a “toonie container” at Perth Pharmasave on Foster St., fill it with toonies and return it to the pharmacy. Tax receipts will be issued by LAWS.

PAWS is a small group of Perth and area citizens who for the past five years have raised money and awareness for animal welfare. Through trivia contests, yard sales, bottle drives and more, PAWS is proud to have given over $22,000 to LAWS and it now asks for your support of the Toonies to the Rescue campaign in order to help ensure that LAWS can continue its work.

The Lanark Animal Welfare Society, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers, staff and the financial support of the citizens of Lanark County, has provided compassionate care for thousands of distressed animals since its founding over 30 years ago. The Shelter does not receive financial support from government or any other source other than the generosity of the public. From time to time LAWS must actively seek the public’s financial assistance when circumstances arise that place extreme demands on the Shelter’s ability to respond. It is always a challenge just to pay the bills for heat, water, electricity, salaries, food and veterinary bills all of which are necessary for LAWS to remain in operation. Too often animals arrive at the Shelter requiring emergency medical attention. LAWS is fortunate to have good relationships with local veterinarians; however, necessary costs are nonetheless incurred in order to ease the suffering of an animal. The Toonies to the Rescue campaign provides an opportunity for everyone to support LAWS. as their budget allows. Every person, including children, can have the satisfaction of knowing that each toonie counts and that they have helped an animal in distress. Merchants in downtown Perth have eagerly come forward to support the Toonies to the Rescue campaign as a demonstration of faith in the service that LAWS provides. Perth Downtown Pharmasave jumped on board to be the location for the pick-up and drop-off of the toonie containers and as well has donated the containers themselves. Images Inter Alia on North St. generously provided the “The Toonies to the Rescue” banner. LAWS is truly a grass roots organization and demonstrates so well what a group of caring, determined people can do to make a difference. We are a better society when we support an animal shelter that is open 365 days a year providing food, shelter and care for suffering, lost or neglected animals. This is what a civilized and compassionate community does.

The following is a statement that sums up the mission of LAWS:

“As an independent No-kill shelter LAWS does not euthanize for population control, age, breed or after a set amount of time has passed. Euthanasia is reserved only for those cases where an animal is ill or aggressive to the point that quality of life is impacted. All animals in the Shelter’s care will be cared for until a suitable home, permanent or foster, is found. LAWS provides food, shelter, veterinary care and love from our dedicated staff and volunteers. We also try to work with other Rescues to optimize the adoption of our animals.”

If you would like to participate in the Toonies to the Rescue campaign, please drop by Perth Downtown Pharmasave.

Pet Valu Doggie Wash & Nail Trim Fundraiser – Thank you!

Huge thank you to everyone who helped out at the Smiths Falls Pet Valu Fundraiser on January 30th! .. It was a huge success!

The baked goods were amazing ! The volunteers who helped wash/clip nails or do cash and spoke to the public, were amazing and hard working. This event couldn’t have happened without the wonderful support of volunteers. Thank you also to our community for coming out and supporting us today !

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LAWS will be having another Fundraiser again on March 12 with dog wash and nail trims being offered, so stay tuned for upcoming details!

Pretty Paws for LAWS

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Come out to Divine Consign (14 Industrial Drive in Almonte) on March 21st from 10am-5pm for some fun shopping in support of LAWS! There will be a variety of donated dog coats and accessories for sale by donation (cash only please) and Divine Consign is kindly donated 20% of their sales that day to LAWS. There will also be a goodie basket available for purchase (cash only please) filled with donated new items (collars, toys and kongs, oh my!) and the 2015 LAWS Calendar with every purchase/donation. See you there!

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