Our Founder

Nicole Simone started volunteering quite young, beginning her career in 2006 as the only special needs rescue coordinator for a local municipal pound in Aurora, Ontario. In her time there, Simone was exposed to challenges facing homeless dogs and the people who rescue them. In her first two years, Simone visited the shelter almost every day and helped send 200 dogs to homes or rescue. Through “Unchain Ontario’s Dogs”, Simone advocated local towns to adopt anti-tethering bylaws and educated the community about animal abuse occurring in their community.

Nicole and Irwin

In 2013, Simone started the critically acclaimed photo series Redemption Dogs. Simone met and photographed over 1000 people and rescue dogs from Toronto, Montreal, and New York City, interviewing them on the impact rescue dogs have on lives.

In August 2017, Simone unexpectedly found herself receiving distress calls from dog rescues in Houston. On September 1, 2017 Simone founded Redemption Paws (read more about that here).

Simone has a special interest in dogs living with medical or physical impairments, senior animals, as well as a special fondness for Australian Cattle Dogs.

Outside of Redemption Paws, Simone is an accomplished singer-songwriter performing under the name Late July. She holds her BA in Sociology and diploma in Arts.

Simone grew up between California and Ontario. She enjoys record collecting, old movies and is a Francophile. She lives in Toronto with her fiance and their two rescue dogs Charlie and Irwin.