Fostering is not a lifetime commitment but it is a commitment to saving a life! Consider joining our foster pack!

We are always looking for fosters to join our pack so we are able to commit to rescuing more dogs. While challenging, fostering is so rewarding and allows our dogs their fresh start to life before finding their furever home, where then can start to learn and be shown love and compassion.

Paws of the North covers all expenses and supplies you with everything you need to successfully care for your foster dog.

We also believe in perfect match fosters, so we match the foster pup that would work for your home and family. Children and other pets are okay, depending on the dog.


  • Live within 1-1.5 hours of Muskoka and be willing to drive
  • Have a car readily available at all times in case of emergency
  • Be able to drive to vet appts & meet ups
  • All current household pets must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations
  • must sign and abide to the foster agreement

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Dear Valued Adopters, Supporters & Donors,

As of July 1, 2023 – Paws of the North Rescue is closing our doors. The past 3.5 years have been so rewarding, challenging and emotional; I wouldn’t change a thing.

I started my rescue involvement 11 years ago, as an Executive Director to a dog rescue in British Columbia. Upon moving back to Ontario, I continued my passion to assist “Northern Dogs” and First Nation Communities – creating Paws of the North.

The amount of support we have received in such a short amount of time has been overwhelmingly wonderful. Our team, Trevor and I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you.

The time has come for us to choose to prioritize our needs and family. We are grateful to be starting this new journey.

Our charitable account is now closed and monies remaining have been issued to Precious Paws Rescue in Barrie – chariatable registration number: 812897668RR0001. Precious Paws Rescue supported us consistently during our community spay/neuter clinics and rehoming program. We appreciate them wanting to continue supporting the north.

Please also consider supporting Project Paws Dog Rescue, who also will continue to support the James Bay coastal communities.

I personally want to thank Halley & Adam Clover and Erin Stewart for their time and dedication as board members. And Meagan Williamson for all her public relations, social media & marketing support. My family for being number one fans.

And my husband Trevor and pack Harper, Jay & Fate – I know there were many difficult days and time lost, I have appreciated every single moment you rode this journey with me. Forever grateful for the support.

Thank you again to this beautiful community we created. I will be forever grateful for your love and support for these beautiful dogs.

Holly Marko
Founder/Executive Director