What We Do
At Paws for Hope, we’re committed to more sustainable companion animal protection in B.C. but what do we really mean by this? Well, it comes down to what we call our “four pillars of sustainability” which outline where we focus our efforts.
Most important to us is helping to strengthen and empower the existing animal welfare and support system in place within B.C. These important initiatives and dedicated groups are understandably stuck in emergency response mode unable to think about tomorrow, let alone the long term. That’s where we come in. We’re in a position to help pre-qualified, community-based animal rescue and support organizations with their different areas of need – from raising funds and supplies to helping drive additional exposure and support for their efforts. Our flagship program, Guardian Angel, is one such way we directly assist these B.C. organizations providing assistance with rescue groups’ never-ending vet care bills and providing capacity building grants.
Besides directly helping this under-supported community of dedicated and passionate animal welfare and rescue charities, we also work side by side with them to create a united front when it comes to protecting and caring for companion animals within B.C. For example, a newer focus for us, Crazy About Cats, is a program we’d like to invest more resources into in the future as we work alongside rescue organizations, municipal leaders, and community members to educate the public about the cat overpopulation crisis in B.C.
The B.C. animal welfare support system has its holes, even with so many registered charities and non-profit groups active on this front. This illustrates the depth of the problem in this Province. At Paws for Hope, we’re committed to filling these important gaps with our own direct animal assistance and educational programs. For example, our Roxy’s Relief program steps up to support homeless, street-involved, low income pet guardians with financial and supply donations and free animal health clinics and vet care assistance. And our Pets are not Products educational campaign is a critical focus for us as we continue to help educate B.C. residents about the animal welfare issues associated with the retail sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits… whether through stores, the newspaper, or online.
As a registered Canadian charity, we unfortunately are limited in how much we can directly affect companion animal- related legislation but we participate any way we can in affecting local and provincial laws. For example, since July 2012 we’ve repeatedly stood as delegates before Burnaby City Council requesting a ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores within the community, often bringing the Vancouver press with us to draw more attention to this important topic. Although our hands may be tied, we do whatever we can within the national charity guidelines to protect these animals.
This is how we work towards building sustainable animal welfare in B.C.