Growing up in Muskoka, I have been passionate about dogs (animals) care and wellbeing for as long as I can remember. From working for close to 10 years in a vet clinic, and volunteering in various rescue/shelter efforts, it wasn’t until 5 years ago that I was able to begin my official rescue work with PAWS – Pemberton Animal Well-Being Society in Pemberton, British Columbia. I worked with the Lilwat Nation in assisting with their animal care efforts through rescue, supplies and wellness clinics. Rescuing over 250 dogs and cats, it was a dream come true. My husband Trevor and I made the decision to move back to Muskoka where I became involved with another rescue – where our rescue pup Harper came from. It was great working alongside the founders and key team players, and rescuing 29 dogs in a 4 month span.
The time came where we knew our efforts were needed in our own rescue and so became the start of Paws of the North. My passion is with the northern dogs and the communities. These communities – Attawapiskat, Moosonee, Kashechewan, Moose Factory, Fort Albany; are remote and isolated. Supplies and products are limited and are costly when incomes are very low. Many struggle daily to feed their human families let alone their furry family members. Veterinary care is non-existent without the help of rescues and voluntary vets and team. Sending supplies alone can be difficult as roads closed, and flights depend on weather. Over population, disease and illness, starvation and death overcome the dogs of these communities, and for this we are dedicated to helping. With the help of donations we are able to get supplies up to these communities.
Paws of the North is a foster based rescue, so our dogs live in homes from the time they come into our care. This allows them to start to adapt and learn before finding their forever home, as some have never experienced stairs, being inside or even touched. Our special team of foster families play a crucial role in these dogs lives, and we couldn’t save all that we do without their assistance.
Trevor and I, and our two northern dogs – Harper & Jay, ensure every dog that comes into our care are treated as part of our pack, and we all teach, learn and adapt together.
Lovely rescue that go above and beyond trying to help all of the animals they can. We adopted a dog from PAWS and it was clear how much they care for the animals whilst going through the adoption process, it was a pleasure dealing with Holly and team.PAWS Alumni – DOBIE & Sebastian Boone
We can’t thank Holly enough for the wonderful addition to our new home. Holly was so helpful, kind and professional we really couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Skyla is a wonderful girl and was obviously treated like the queen she is during her stay with MPR. Thank you for helping us em”bark” on this new chapter!! So much love for all you do. Thank you!Alumni – SKYLA, Sadie & Brendan
Holly is very professional. She is amazing at what she does. From the first meet n greet until the day Sunshine came to her furever home, Holly has had the very best interest of the rescues at heart.Alumni – SUNSHINE, Tammy & Ted