We help optimize existing, pre-qualified community-based animal rescue and support organizations. More >

We collaborate with existing animal groups to create a united front to help B.C. companion animals. More >

We’re committed to filling important gaps with direct animal assistance and educational programs. More >

We participate in affecting local & provincial animal-related legislation within national charity guidelines. More >


    • Tens of thousands of cats, dogs, small animals, and reptiles roam the streets or reside in shelters, sanctuaries, and rescue organizations.
    • Thousands more suffer daily neglect and abuse at the hands of their guardians.
    • There are no criteria required for groups to be involved in animal welfare and rescue.
    • There is no accountability or funding support for these organizations.
    • There is little corporate, provincial, or federal financial support.
    • Animal protection-related legislation is outdated and unenforced.
    • Existing animal welfare initiatives within the Province are understandably stuck in emergency response mode unable to create sustainable solutions that protect animals in need over the long term.


    Paws for Hope to be Featured Charity at February Pet Lover Show

    Charity aims to tackle B.C.’s broken animal welfare support system

    VANCOUVER, BC – February 5, 2014 – Paws for Hope Animal Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity committed to more sustainable companion animal protection in B.C., today announced it will be a featured charity at the upcoming Pet Lover Show running February 15th and 16th at the TRADEX Convention Centre in Abbotsford.

    “We’re honoured to be highlighted and supported by the 2014 Pet Lover Show alongside our partners, the Semiahmoo Animal League Inc. (SALI),” said Kathy Powelson, Executive Director of Paws for Hope. More


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    Small animals, such as mice and rabbits are often perceived as even more disposable than other companion animals. There are few shelters that have the housing to take in small animals and those that do, take in a very limited number. But despite the lack of resources to support their rescue, stores across the province continue to sell these animals to anyone and little, if any, accurate information on their care requirements are provided to the buyer. In addition, the breeding of these animals goes unchecked and is even easier to conceal than larger animals, such as cats and dogs. As a result, small animals are dumped at alarming rates.

    Small Animal Rescue Society (SARS) is one of the few provincial organizations that provides for the rescue and care of small critters. It is more often than not up to them to trap and house critters who have been dumped by someone who no longer is able to or wants to care for them any more.

    We are proud to partner with SARS on our Pets Are Not Products Campaign and to support them through our Guardian Angel Program Veterinary Care Grants.