About Us

Puppymill Awareness Working Solutions is a volunteer, non-profit organization in Ottawa, Ontario dedicated to raising public awareness and educating the public at large regarding the cruelty and abuse associated with puppy mills. This includes selling puppies via the internet, newspaper advertising, and in pet stores.

Through education and awareness, we empower individuals to make informed and ethical choices when choosing a companion animal.

PAWS fully supports and promotes the adoption and/or fostering of homeless animals via non-profit rescue organizations.


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Our Work

Pet stores are one of the primary distribution channels for substandard breeders to sell puppies, and they contribute to the overpopulation of pets in the homeless system, as well as the high euthanasia rates in shelters.

PAWS is strongly opposed to pet stores selling puppies for profit.

PAWS has successfully legislated against the selling of cats and dogs in Ottawa pet stores, in addition to the following other Ontario cities:

Toronto, Kingston, Mississauga, Vaughan, Waterloo, and Oakville.

Latest News

On April 13, 2016, following more than two years of lobbying Ottawa City Councillors, together with a broad coalition of partners and supporters, PAWS was successful in obtaining a 21 to 3 vote in favour of amending Bylaw 2011-241 with respect to restricting the sale of cats and dogs sold for profit in Ottawa pet stores and retail outlets.

A five year transition period to an adoption-only model for Ottawa pet stores will take effect.

As well, a 48 hour cooling off period on purchases will take effect. This is to protect both consumers and animals in the case of consumers who buy on impulse and then experience buyers remorse.

In addition, pet stores will be required to provide, at the time of purchase, all breeder information to customers who purchase a dog or a cat.

PAWS formal submission and recommendation to the City of Ottawa can be seen here:

PAWS Submission to City of Ottawa