Our Pack & Ethics

Paws of the North Rescue was founded in early 2020 by Holly & Trevor Marko (and their own Northern dogs) to support the First Nations communities of Northern Ontario.

We have made it our objective to work ethically with northern community members to support them and their dogs. The communities we assist are often remote and isolated. They typically do not have regular shipments of canine supplies and food, nor do they have access to veterinary care for their furry family members. These communities often face difficult decisions about the dogs of their community. We are here to support them.

Our rehoming program provides northern community members with reassurance that their beloved dogs will be placed in permanent and caring homes (we call them “fur-ever” homes!). Each dog that we welcome into our care receives comprehensive veterinarian care and support in a suitable foster home, before we place them with their fur-ever family.

It is a priority of our organization that we remain ethical and true to our values. To that end, we do not sell our rescued dogs. We do not ask for an adoption fee to be paid by adoptive families. We do, however, ask that adoptive families contribute a discretionary donation to Paws of the North in an amount of their choosing, so we can continue our work.

We also assist northern communities and their dogs by sending food & supplies their way. We have also organized free spay, neuter & wellness clinics to take place in their communities. The free veterinarian clinics are exceptionally costly, given the remoteness of the communities we hope to reach.

Our team is completely run by volunteers. Our Board of Directors is made up of men and women from the Muskoka region. We are also very grateful for our large ‘pack’ of community volunteers who assist us with the day-to-day operations of Paws of the North, which includes; fostering, transporting dogs, fundraising and more. We rely solely on donations to fund our efforts and to continue assisting Northern communities.

We truly appreciate all of our donors, fosters, adoptive families and volunteers.


HALLEY & ADAM CLOVER – Founding Directors

Halley was born & raised in Huntsville. Adam, her husband, born in Sydney, Australia. They settled in Huntsville with their first dog Bane, an Australian Shepherd. Soon after they had the chance to rescue a dog from a northern Canadian community – Igloolik. Not knowing much about northern breeds, it was an adventure in itself, but with patience their second dog, Kaause fit into the family and quickly melted their hearts.

Halley & Adam Clover joined Paws of the North at our time of incorporation. The Clovers are dedicated fundraisers who helped us by recruiting fosters, volunteers and adoptive parents. While welcoming one of our first dogs to arrive as a foster – Murphy soon found a permanent place in the Clover Pack! The Clover pack are welcoming a little human pack member in 2020 and look forward to continuing their efforts.


Originally from Huntsville, Emily grew up alongside her Golden Retriever (and first canine love!) Dinah. She went on to become an accomplished lawyer, having been called to the Bar of the Law Society of Ontario.

After becoming diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in 2017, Emily welcomed her service dog, Oscar, into her life. Her bond with Oscar and work as a service dog handler has furthered her love and appreciation for canines and inspired her to contribute to for rescue community.

Throughout her career, Emily has proven herself to be a fierce advocate with a passion for social justice. She has an extensive background in not-for-profit and charity work in both the arts and health sectors. We are grateful to have Emily a part of our pack, supporting our efforts.


Erin was born & raised in Huntsville and her love for animals began at a young age. She volunteered at local shelters and assisted with friends & family’s pets, but it wasn’t until she started working with rescues around the world, that she realized where her true passion was.

Erin spent time in Guatemala volunteering for a rescue with a small team that cared for over 400 dogs & cats at time. Working with community members and veterinarians, to treat the animals’ illnesses, socialize & exercise and assist with spay/neuter programs.

Returning back to Canada, Erin felt compelled to join hands with a local Canadian rescue and then join Paws of the North, bringing her experience with animal care and rescue knowledge.

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