Our Mission

Paws with a Cause is a non-profit, foster-based rescue in Ottawa, dedicated to helping animals in need and pet owners who are struggling. Our team is run by volunteers who are passionate about rescue, adoption, advocacy, and education.


Paws with a Cause is also involved with rescue partners overseas to assist with finding loving homes for cats and dogs in Canada. 

Meet the team



Marie founded Paws with a Cause after years of volunteering for rescues. She has worked in Social Work for 15 years and has been heavily involved in animal welfare since 2008 where she started volunteering at the Ottawa Humane Society as a dog walker, and later volunteered with private rescues and sanctuaries.  From 2016-2018, she worked as a kennel attendant where she continues to volunteer today.

International rescue organizations are also very important to Marie, and she has been involved with small groups who are fighting the dog meat trade, and stray animal issues where there are currently no animal welfare laws. 

Foster/Adoptions Coordinator

Josee is a graduate of the veterinary

technician program and has worked for the Humane Society, and for private rescues and kennels. She currently works in a clinic and has extensive experience handling dog behaviors of all types. She has facilitated many adoptions in the past and knows how to match a right owner to a proper animal.


Web support

Kristin has worked in animal care for 10 years, as a dog walker, with large breed rescues and in a clinic setting. She brings her excellent customer service skills, passion for animal welfare, as well as pet first aid, dog cogniton and animal welfare certifications to the rescue.

Admin Coordinator

Sarah has been involved in various capacities of the animal world for over 12 years. She has completed several courses in animal anatomy, physiology, behavior and nutrition. With a keen interest in training and learning new things, she has dabbled in the world of Obedience, Rally-O, and Agility.


Sarah helps us out by providing admin support and by participating in foster & adoption placements.

Social Media
Foster Coordinator


Tessa has worked in animal welfare for 12


years and brings her in-depth knowledge to


the team in various capacities.



She assists with fundraising initiatives,


volunteer recruitment and foster placement


for the animals in our care.