Portage Animal Welfare Society Inc. (P.A.W.S.) is a non-profit charitable organization. It is operated exclusively by volunteers and is managed by a Board of Directors. Animals that come into care are boarded with foster families or are housed at the Animal Adoption Centre (the AAC).  P.A.W.S. is responsible for the care, vetting & promotion of these animals while they await to be adopted into homes of their own. Consider giving a gift today to help rescue animals get a second chance!

  We recently learned that PAWS will be one of the recipients of funds raised this year through Homestead Co-op’s Reusable Bag Program! You can help our children and the environment at the same time 🙂 Here is a bit more info:
The program was started in 2020 and the intent of the program is to raise money for local non-profit and charitable organizations by donating $0.03 for every reusable bag that is used by customers at our four Homestead Co-op Food Store locations in 2021. This program is part of our commitment to sustainability by supporting our members, and communities in reducing single-use plastic bag waste. Our Food Stores locations include: #Carman, #LaSalle, #PortagelaPrairie and #Treherne. We encourage all members and customers to bring in their reusable bags and ensure the cashier knows how many they are using!

  Our dream of a new building is finally coming true, but we still need your help.

We’ve been fundraising for years to complete the first two phases of the new build, but we need your help to complete the final phase. In order to finish our building, we need $150,000! Although this sounds steep, we know we can do it. Which brings us to our first building fundraiser.

~ Buy-a-Brick ~

Purchase a brick for our new building. Each brick will be engraved on our Wall of Honour when you first enter the shelter, celebrating those who donated.

When we think about donating to charity, we often think of a gift of cash. But there are a variety of ways to give, and an in-kind donation is one of them.
An in-kind donation, also known as a gift-in-kind, is usually a specific non-cash asset that is contributed to a charitable organization for which the donor may receive a donation receipt.
A gift-in-kind can be made in the form of an asset or property that has real value and is not a gift of cash. The most common gifts-in-kind tend to be gifts of publicly listed financial securities such as stock, bonds, mutual and segregated funds, hedge funds or gifts of real property.
Contact your financial advisor for further details!

P.A.W.S. is an animal rescue & welfare group that relies totally on donations for its operation. Expenses include vet bills, supplies & equipment (both animal & office related), property (the AAC building & grounds), advertising, etc.  Specific fundraising events are planned but donations from individuals, groups and businesses are gratefully accepted at any time. Donated items that can be used for fundraising raffles & prizes are also valued.

How to donate… Monetary and supply (new or gently used) donations are very necessary and appreciated. Please contact P.A.W.S. via phone, email or Facebook and arrangements can be made for pick up or delivery. Online monetary donations can be made using the ‘Donate Now’ button located on the website pages. Here your donation will be processed by CanadaHelps.  If you prefer, you can mail a cheque directly to P.A.W.S.  (121 – 12th St. N.E.  Portage la Prairie MB  R1N 4A2). Donations can be directed to the general or building accounts and ‘in memory’ or ‘in honour’ options are also available. Income tax receipts are issued for donations of $20 or more. *Please include your email address if available for tax receipt to be issued electronically.

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  • Canned cat food – paté variety – eg. Friskies
  • Good quality dry cat food
  • Cat treats
  • Kitty litter – clumping, non-scented preferred
  • Cat trees/condos, scratching posts
  • Cat toys & tunnels
  • Small cat beds – washable, reusable preferred
  • Litter boxes (no covers)


  • Collars & leashes
  • Wire crates
  • Good quality squeaky & tug toys
  • Kongs & Nyla Bones – all sizes
  • Dog treats
  • Dog beds & blankets – washable, reusable preferred
  • Good quality dry dog food


  • Stainless steel dishes
  • Paper towel
  • Bleach
  • Dish detergent/hand soap
  • Air fresheners/odour removers
  • Garbage bags – kitchen type ~49 litres
  • Printer paper/ink cartridge (HP 12A)
  • Scotch or packing tape
  • Monetary donations/gift cards

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