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A Bowlful of Heart

The Ottawa Paw Pantry is gearing up to launch its Holiday Pet Food Drive: A Bowlful of Heart. This month long event in December will help us replenish supplies of pet food. Sustained entirely by donations, the Ottawa Paw Pantry provides a lifeline for over 100 low-income pet parents in times of need.

When finances are stretched, especially around the holidays, families can be forced to choose between feeding themselves or their pets. In this situation even greatly loved pets are often surrendered to shelters.  Although it is wonderful to provide donations to pet shelters and rescues, we want to help families before they have to make the choice to give up their pets.

Get Involved

While we get ready to officially launch, we continue to look for more places looking to help.

Whether you’re a storefront, or a company who wants to challenge your colleagues, there’s something you can do to get involved! We’ll provide the decorated box and poster for you – all you have to do is give us a shout when your box is full and we’ll be there to pick-it up, just like Santa’s elves.

We are looking for:

  • Dog or Cat Food (open bags accepted)
  • Dog or Cat Treats
  • Dog or Cat Toys


Can’t make it to a drop off?

Financial contributions are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional food. Donate online by e-transfer to hello@ottawapawpantry.ca. If you prefer sending a cheque, please email us for our mailing address.

Want to setup your own fundraiser?

The Ottawa Paw Pantry’s has made it easy with it’s Holiday Giving Tree. It is an opportunity for community members to help provide food and supplies for the care of the homeless dogs and cats that come through our doors

Hosting a Holiday Giving Tree at your business or collecting these gifts is a simple, creative, and tangible way to help out the animals in need in your community. Homeward Pet will provide hang-able tree ornaments with suggested items that help in the care of the dogs and cats in the shelter. You can display the tags as ornaments on your giving tree in a common space, or do something new and creative with them that inspires the holiday spirit.

If you are interested in learning more or organizing a Holiday Giving Tree, please contact to let us know or if you have any questions: donate@ottawapawpantry.ca

Download your Ornaments

Download your posters!

Are you hosting your own drive? Here’s a few more things that might help!