Paws for the Cause is a Toronto-based organization of dog lovers helping dogs.
Founded in 2009, PAWS raises money for a variety of different animal welfare organizations via a splashy fundraiser/party/must-go-event-of-the-year in Toronto. Chaired by The Globe and Mail’s society columnist Laura Serra and Harry Rosen’s Fashion Director Paul Smith, the annual bash attracts top tier media attention with its unique party themes that range from a dog fashion show - that's right, dogs on the runway - to Instagram-inspired dog portrait art exhibits. Since its inception, the PAWS team has an uncanny knack of attracting a covetable crowd of Toronto socialites, the 20-30 something creative class, and tastemakers in fashion, art, and music.
PAWS has raised over $100,000 for a variety of charitable outlets including the OSPCA, the Ontario Veterinary College’s Pet Trust Fund, and the Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic. In addition, the organization also raises money to support a Paws for the Cause scholarship awarded yearly to a veterinary student at the University of Guelph. The inaugural scholarship - The Chloe Award (named after Laura's dog) - was presented to veterinary student Francesca Di Mauro at the Ontario Veterinary College’s convocation in June, 2012. The second scholarship was awarded to Dr. Danielle Boes in June, 2013. Funds raised from the 2014 Paws Gala will again support the University of Guelph’s Pet Trust Fund and a portion will go to the next Chloe Award scholarship.
Kym de la Roche