Pet foster program of VAW shelter clients in Ottawa and surrounding areas

Donate & Volunteer

Make a Donation

It feels good to donate. We are not funded by any government bodies or programs. All of our equipment, pet food and veterinary fees are paid for by money raised by fundraising or given to us by generous people like you!
Our OVMA SafePet Ottawa Veterinary clinics provide free intake examinations; they also bring companion animals up to date on all necessary vaccinations.

Your donations make it possible for us to provide a higher level of veterinary care when it is needed; to deworm and treat pre-existing medical conditions, for example.  Over the summer months, we always treat pets to prevent heart worm. It adds up, but it is worth it!

Your donations also provide our foster animals with food, bedding, dishes, leashes and crates.  With your help, SafePet foster animals can be sent home to their owners with their “I’m Going Home” package that includes the bedding they are now used to, the dishes they now call their own and the crates that gave then their sense of “my quiet space.”

These items make their transition back to their owner easier for the Owner and much easier for the foster Pet.




The SafePet Ottawa pet foster program is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization. We ask for generous people to donate as well as raise funds by fundraising and applying for grants. Money is always needed for veterinary exams, vaccinations, sterilization, emergency procedures, medications, good quality pet food, high caloric supplements, gas for transportation, animal equipment, grooming, cleaning supplies and many other necessities.

SafePet Ottawa Now a Registered Canadian Charity

Thank you for your patience — we are excited to announce that SafePet Ottawa is now a registered charity! We can now provide donors with tax receipts. 

Much Needed Items

While we are always grateful to receive your generous donations, here are some common items that are always much needed:

  • Cat and dog crates or carriers of all sizes (wire and plastic)
  • Gates and pens for safe confinement
  • Food and water dishes of all sizes (dishwasher-friendly)
  • Bedding and blankets of all sizes (machine washable)
  • Kitty litter pans and litter
  • Dishwasher-safe or machine washable cat and dog toys
  • Food for cats, dogs, small animal pellets, bird seed and occasionally, horse feed
  • Gift cards and store points. We will accept any kind of gift card for any store. We will use them to buy pet-related items such as linens or food, or we will silent auction them off to raise funds for SafePet. We will happily accept Canadian Tire money or Shoppers Optimum points as well.

A SafePet volunteer will happily travel to pick-up your donated goods. To arrange for pick-up, please contact us using the general contact form.

Become a SafePet Foster or Volunteer

SafePet Ottawa man with dog

We are in desperate need of qualified Fosters to temporarily house pets in need of security.

To apply to become a SafePet foster, please fill out this Foster Application form.


Help us out however you can.

Volunteers of all types are greatly appreciated. To apply to become a SafePet Volunteer and join us in our efforts to help women and their beloved companions, please fill out this Volunteer Application form.