About Us


About Beagle Paws

Beagle Paws is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2003 by Sheila Lewis to rescue mistreated and abandoned Beagles. Since then, we have become Canada’s largest Beagle rescue, re-homing thousands of Beagles right across the country with the help of volunteer chapters and supporters coast to coast.

With Sheila’s continued leadership, our focus remains on advocating to bring the Beagle indoors and to be considered pets, too!

Beagles are the most neglected dog breed in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the number one breed surrendered to local animal shelters. On average, Beagle Paws has 50 Beagles in its care at any given time. This continued demand to provide shelter to one specific breed resulted in a need for a larger, more suitable facility for Beagle Paws.

See more of our story here.

Building for Beagles

Beagle Paws launched a capital campaign in 2013 under the name “Building for Beagles” with the goal to purchase a larger and more suitable Adoption and Education Centre. Our passionate team of volunteers and donors like YOU have raised $175,000 to date. With a big BOW WOW!, we are thrilled to announce that we have successfully secured a new building and are on the home stretch to reaching our final goal!

The time has FINALLY come to get started on renovating our much-needed building so we can look to the future with the certainty of saving many more innocent Beagle lives. As we move forward, we need your support now more than ever to help build a better future for homeless beagles.

We are relying not only on the financial generosity of our supporters across the country, but also on the willingness of individuals and companies to give their time and talents to our cause to help finish our renovations. Our goal is to raise $200,000 in addition to procuring some vital products/services to complete our new home. Visit WAYS TO GIVE to see how you can help or email tasha@buildingforbeagles.com.

Thank you for your continued support. We simply couldn’t do this without you!

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