Image by Concha Mayo


Here's what the team

has been up to!


Thank you to our sweet friend, Terry for making us masks with our logo on them!

Wednesday, March 4


There is no shortage of warm cuddles at Foster Nancy's home with her cats and foster dog, Mya. Too funny!

Monday, January 25


Zachary's Paws For Healing is honoured to be this year's recipient of the Spirit of Hope Award given annually by St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

We were honoured for our work in Mental Health at St. Joe's West 5th and especially our Pawsative Strides Program there.

We love our work and none of it would be possible without our fantastic volunteers.

See Donna's acceptance speech here.

Tuesday, October 13

 Happy International Dog Day!

Today we honour our furry, sweet, loving family members. We at Zachary’s paws also want to thank every one of our furry volunteers - you may be kept from your jobs right now, but you’re all special and we know that soon enough you’ll be spreading the love again! 

Wednesday, August 26


In loving memory of Angelo Spadafora, pictured here with our sweet therapy dog, David at Juravinksi Hospital. Angelo passed away one year ago.

Friday, July 3


After the founder of Hamilton-based non-profit Zachary’s Paws for Healing (ZPFH) was diagnosed with lung cancer, the organization’s volunteers stepped up, launching a fundraiser to support the pets in foster care.

“I had no idea they were doing it,” said Donna Jenkins, founder and chief fundraiser at ZPFH.

To read the full article Hamilton Spectator article, click here.

Tuesday, May 19,


The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA and Zachary's Paws for Healing announced a formal program Thursday, saying they'll care for pets whose owners are being treated for coronavirus.

To read the full article CBC article, click here.

Thursday, April 16



We take the health of our volunteers and pets very seriously. In order to stay safe, the following services are suspended until further notice:


All hospital work which includes Patient Pet Visits and Therapeutic Dog Visits.


We continue to offer Foster Care for Hospital Patients, Battered Women and on a case-by-case basis fostering for the Homeless.


We are making every effort to foster for Hospitalized Covid-19 patients' pets when there are no family or neighboUrs to help. It will always be our goal to make sure patients do not lose their pets and are reunited as soon as possible.


We want to thank our partners that continue to support our work during this very difficult time, Royal Canin for supplying food for our fosters; PetSmart Charities for their support to make sure we keep  families and pets together; Ren's Pets for providing the most needed equipment for our fosters' comfort and the HBSPCA for giving medical care to our fosters when needed.


If you have space in your home and love in your heart to foster a cat, dog or other pets, please contact us.


Your money donations are what keeps us operating. Please consider donating to Zachary's Paws For Healing. Every dollar makes a difference to a patient's recovery knowing their pet is being well taken care of.


Thank you and stay safe and well,

Donna Jenkins and All our Volunteers



Without your donation we can't deliver this much needed help to our community.
Please for the love of your own pet, make a donation so others can keep their pets
and see them when they are in hospital. No one should lose their pet because they are sick, battered or mentally ill.

National Pet Day reminds us just how important our pets are to us.


Zachary's Paws is now officially home!!! Our sign went up today. Thanks Lyle Jenkins and Brian Judson for getting it up. Thanks to our fantastic Graphic Artist, Samantha Clark, for the beautiful design.

March 9, 2020

 MEET KAI, a therapy dog at Jurvinski Hospital! 

Kai came from a fabulous breeder in Sault St. Marie who strives to produce amazing temperaments. Kai has always been gentle, despite his size, with young and old as well as other animals.

He loves giving the neighbourhood kids kisses as well as anyone that crosses his path. He wears his heart on his sleeve, so if someone doesn’t let him... he sulks.

Kai can be seen at Jurvinski Hospital in ICU, CCU, and ER doing the job he was born to do: spreading his love to everyone that’s willing to pet him (as well as the odd smooch too).

February 1, 2020


Here is what her handler, Howard has to say about her:

"Georgia came from a breeder in Mono, Ontario, whom imports long haired German Shepherds from Europe. They are bred for their gentle nature and people skills; All of which turned out true, thus I thought she would enjoy her role in a therapy dog program!

I retired from Hamilton Fire Department 3 years ago and now volunteer for Zachary’s Paws with Georgia, who is 3 years old. We visit Hamilton General Hospital 6W on Tuesdays and also at Dogs Reformed during the week."

January 6, 2020


...and just like that, Wynter is here!!! That’s right. Our next therapy dog we want you to know is Wynter! Here is what his handler had to say about him:

"Wynter is a 5 year old white shepherd husky cross. He is sweet, calm (mostly) 😂, very social and handsome boy. Believe it or not, just 3 short years ago he was in a rescue with no family to call his own.

Once he came home to us, he very quickly showed us that he needed a job to do. After earning his certification to be a therapy dog, we chose Juravinski hospital to visit and have been going every Wednesday since.

He loves making patients smile. My pocket full of cookies doesn’t hurt either. Not to mention the hugs, kisses and belly rubs he gets the whole time he’s there!"

Nov. 20, 2019

ARTICLE: Donna Jenkins and Zachary’s Paws comfort patients in crisis

"October is Women's History Month
in Canada, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women and girls across the country.
The 2019 theme is #MakeAnImpact in honour of the women and girls who've made a lasting impact as pioneers in their field.

This past year I met a very inspiring woman who is doing pioneering work that is definitely having an impact. Donna Jenkins is the founder of the volunteer-supported Zachary's Paws..."


Oct. 25, 2019

ARTICLE: Zachary’s Paws to offer shelter service for pets of homeless, battered people

We have opened a new shelter on Concession Street. The facility provides a temporary home for the pets of those suffering domestic violence who wish to escape from that situation.


Sept. 29, 2019

Join us at our FUNDRAISER!

Saturday, September 28

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Puslinch Community Centre (Outside)

23 Brock Road South Morriston, ON

Please come on out with your dog and support this fundraiser for Zachary's Paws for Healing through festivities for both pets and people. Lots to see and do!

  • Therapy Ponies

  • Horseback Rides

  • Ruff Sport Disc Dog Demonstrations

  • Guelph Police Canine Demonstrations

  • Pet photographer

  • Free gift bags and popcorn

  • Water for humans and their canine companions (we ask that you bring a refillable water bottle).

Get tickets here, or register on the day of the event (cash only). For questions, please contact Emily Moon at Royal Canin.

Sept. 9, 2019



For more information, please contact us today!

August 7, 2019