Beagle Paws was the vision of founder Sheila Lewis, in 2002 she made it her mission to bring awareness to the plight of Beagles in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her promotion of the Beagle as “more than just hunting dogs, they are pets too !” attracted a lot of attention. Other passionate Beagle lovers came forward with offers to help. In January of 2003 Beagle Paws organization was officially launched.
Founded in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador it has now grown to become Canada’s largest Beagle Rescue organization, with an established volunteer base in British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Our non-profit registered charity relies on the support of dedicated volunteers all across Canada to help save abandoned and neglected Beagles.
Board of Directors
Sheila Lewis, President
Sheila’s love of the beagle breed has become her passion. Promoting the beagle as a family pet and helping unwanted beagles get a second chance at life is her mission. Featured in this photo with Sheila is adopted Beagle Paws beagle “Honey B” at the BC Beagle Paws Reunion in 2005. Sheila also shares her home with three adopted Beagle Paws dogs (Princess, Rosie and Sally)
Denise AuCoin, Director
Teacher by day and Beagle rescuer by night. Denise has been involved with Beagle Paws since its inception in 2003 and shares her home with 5 loving beagles plus the occasional foster dog, and a very understanding husband. (Denise and her adopted Beagle Paws beagle “Macey” are shown in this photo)
Lois O’Grady, Director
Dedicated municipal employee, Lois has the drive and enthusiasm that is hard to match when it comes to rescuing Beagles. Featured in this photo with her two loving dogs “Phoebe” and “Toby” (sadly Toby is no longer with us and passed away in 2010).