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Total raised with empties

by rescues and shelters

since January 2015:


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The Empties for Paws movement challenges Canadian residents and businesses to donate their empty alcohol containers to raise money to help local animal charities. We help by providing listings of as many bottle drive as possible that are collecting empties with profits going to these rescues. Some bottle drives are the rescues themselves, and some are individual collectors that accept drop offs at their homes. The goal is the same though: to help fill bellies and pay vet bills.


To find a bottle drive near you please download the applicable file to the right by

clicking on the relevant PDF icon. A Google map is in development so check back soon!


In Ontario, empty beer bottles and cans can be returned via the Bag it Back scheme for 10 cents each, making your empty two-four worth $2.40, which is also the average cost of a tin of wet cat food. Now just imagine how many tins of food a rescue can buy if a bottle drive collected this many empties!!

Ontario Bottle Drives

(including Ottawa)

(updated 18 October 2021)

During Ontario’s current stay-at-home order, we recommend that the donation / collection of empties be put on hold. For the safety of both yourself and our collectors, please save your empties to donate once the order has been lifted.

Bottle Drives in provinces outside of Ontario
(updated 30 May 2021)

a trailer full of empty wine bottles and beer cans to raise money for animal rescues

Photo credit: Natalie M.

Photo credit: Shannon Murphy, collecting for
Ottawa Kitten Rescue


Nippy Cat sells cat toys and much more. 15% of profits goes to a different cat rescue every 28 days. Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nippycatcattoys/

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