On Sunday, August 18 Paws for Hope Animal Foundation will host its summer animal health clinic at Raincity Housing’s Triage Emergence Shelter, 707 Powell. The clinic will provide free examinations, vaccinations and flea and de-worming treatment, and nail trimmings as needed for pets whose guardians are homeless and/or low income. This is Paws for Hope’s second clinic. Its first clinic held at Russell Housing in New Westminster helped 30 animals and provided follow up dental surgery and neutering to one very sweet dog, Cabo.
The Animal Health Clinics are part of Roxy’s Fund. Established in 2011, Roxy’s Fund supports homeless, street involved and low income pet guardians in Vancouver and New Westminster . Every six to eight weeks, volunteers deliver donated pet food and other supplies to community partners, Directions Youth Service, Watari, Raincity Housing in Vancouver and Look Out Shelter in New Westminster.
The clinic is by appointment only and appointments can be booked by calling 604-254-3700 or by going to the shelter directly.
The inspiration behind Roxy’s Fund
Every day, Downtown Dogs owner and operator Christine Reynard takes her beloved 13 year-old pug, Roxy, to work with her. Roxy is very much a fixture in the office, and is well-known by the hundreds of clients that she greets while perched on her own chair on a faux-fur pillow.
In late summer 2011, when Roxy was 11 years old, she was taken from Downtown Dogs by a woman who was later seen in the neighbourhood carrying her. The Vancouver Police Department became involved in the case and involved the local media. Hundreds of volunteers, clients, friends, and strangers aided in the search for Roxy, putting up posters, sharing information through social media, and combing on foot areas all over the lower mainland.
Thanks to the huge outpouring of support from the community and the high-visibility and awareness of the case, Roxy’s “captor” was eventually pressured by family and friends into contacting Roxy’s guardian and returning her to her home four days after she went missing.
It was during the days of searching that Christine’s friend, Lori Mason, was struck by the number of homeless people who had pets and their incredible bonds. Lori, owner of Obediently Yours K9 Training, felt compelled to do something to help support these guardians in providing items that would help keep their pets comfortable, particularly during the winter months.
Paws for Hope was honoured to come on to provide the organizational support required to make Roxy’s Fund a sustainable program. In the past two years, thousands of pounds of food has been provided to pets of the homeless.
Kathy Powelson, Executive Director,
Paws for Hope Animal Foundation
Kathy@pawsforhope.org or 604-657-4183