Guardian Angel

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The purpose of the Guardian Angel program is to offer services, initiatives, and funding opportunities to support qualified volunteer-run animal welfare and rescue charities in British Columbia. We work hard to build meaningful relationships within the animal welfare community so that we are able to respond to the needs of this isolated and under-supported group of dedicated and passionate people who work so hard to save the lives of companion animals across the Province.

Our accomplishments

Since 2012 we have helped hundreds of animals through the provision of 40+ grants to animal charities across the province.
We have held three keynote lunches with animal welfare leaders in Canada and the US, three professional development workshops and showed three award-winning documentaries that high light specific animal welfare issues, such as puppy mills, breed specific legislation and the survivors of dog-fighting.

Please Help Today

$500 to transport a pet from Northern BC to an animal hospital or rescue organization on the coast

$500 to transport a pet from Northern BC to an animal hospital or rescue organization on the coast

$500 for much needed dental surgery

$500 for much needed dental surgery

$750 will provide organizational development opportunities for a animal charity

$750 will provide organizational development opportunities for a animal charity

$1000 for emergency surgery

$1000 for emergency surgery

$2,000 will support the animal welfare coalition through meetings and project work

$2,000 will support the animal welfare coalition through meetings and project work

$5,000 will fund an education/engagement event

$5,000 will fund an education/engagement event

Grant Opportunities

Under the Guardian Angel program, we specifically offer several kinds of grant opportunities to existing, pre-qualified organizations.

Pre-Qualification Criteria

Pre-qualification is required one time only. Once qualified, an organization can apply for any of the ongoing grant opportunities at any time.
To pre-qualify please submit the following documents:

  • List of Board Members
  • Confirmation of Charity Status
  • Copy of adoption policies and/or adoption application
  • Copy of any other policies relevant to organization’s mandate
  • Two reference letters (one from veterinarian)
  • Animal Transport Grants

    Application Deadline:
    Open and ongoing; applicants can apply on an as needed basis.

    Application Form:
    Download the Animal Transport Grant Application Form

    Purpose:
    The purpose of the animal transport grants is to provide funding to assist in the transportation costs associated with moving animals across the province to increase their likelihood of adoption, to assist in their rehabilitation and/or to get them medical care.

    Qualification Criteria

    • Be a registered charity based in B.C.,
    • Rescue and/or welfare initiatives serve to support animals located in B.C.,
    • For those that provide rescue and rehabilitation services, must operate with established adoption policies consistent with the following protocol:
      • Spay and neuter animals before adoption,
      • Get animals vet-checked and provide adopter with vet records,
      • Conduct at least a two-week behavior assessment period before placing animal for adoption,
      • Require a reasonable adoption fee ($50 to $400 depending on type of animal and age),
      • Does not adopt out an animal until it’s in the best health possible and provides full disclosure when adopting out animals with health and/or behaviour issues,
      • Require potential adopters to submit an adoption application, reference check, and whenever possible, participate in a home visit/check,
      • Require adopters to sign a contract that states organization will take the animal back for any reason, at any time,
      • Provide resources/recommendations for training and/or vet care.
      • Have not received Animal Transport funding within the past 6 months
    • Animal is in the legal care of applicant organization,
    • Request is for 50% of the overall costs up to a maximum of $1,000.

    Funding Process:
    Funds are provided on an as-needed and as-available basis. Applications are reviewed by the Guardian Angel Grants Committee and funding decisions will be made within seven days.

    Compassion Fatigue Grant Funding

    Application Deadline:
    Open and ongoing; applicants can apply on an as needed basis

    Application Form:
    Download the Compassion Fatigue Grant Application Form

    Purpose:
    The purpose of the compassion fatigue grant funding is to provide funding to qualified rescue organizations to provide therapeutic support to address the fatigue and trauma that is experienced as a result of animal welfare and rescue work.

    Qualification Criteria:

    • Be a registered charity based in B.C.,
    • Rescue and/or welfare initiatives serve to support animals located in B.C.,
    • For those that provide rescue and rehabilitation services, must operate with established adoption policies consistent with the following protocol:
      • Spay and neuter animals before adoption,
      • Get animals vet-checked and provide adopter with vet records,
      • Conduct at least a two-week behavior assessment period before placing animal for adoption,
      • Require a reasonable adoption fee ($50 to $400 depending on type of animal and age),
      • Does not adopt out an animal until it’s in the best health possible and provides full disclosure when adopting out animals with health and/or behaviour issues,
      • Require potential adopters to submit an adoption application, reference check, and whenever possible, participate in a home visit/check,
      • Require adopters to sign a contract that states organization will take the animal back for any reason, at any time,
      • Provide resources/recommendations for training and/or vet care.

     

    Support Available:
    Individual Counselling and Group Workshops

    Funding Process:
    Funds are provided on an as-needed and as-available basis. Applications are reviewed by Paws for Hope Animal Foundation’s Board of Directors and funding decisions will be made within seven days. Approved funds will be distributed upon confirmation workshop(s) has been scheduled or individual counselling has begun.

    Please note: Individual counselling grants will not be promoted publically to Paws for Hope’s supporters.

    Organization Development Grants

    Application Deadline:

    Open and ongoing; applicants can apply on an as needed basis

    Purpose:
    The purpose of these grants is to assist in the development, improvement, and/or enhancement of an animal group’s organizational operations.

    Eligible Expenses:

    • Technology improvements (e.g. Web site upgrades, database development),
    • Marketing and promotions (e.g. brochure design, marketing guidance),
    • Operational/administration improvements (e.g. updating/revising application and screening processes),
    • Volunteer/Board training,
    • Material purchases to enhance animal care (e.g. bedding, housing, fencing).

    Qualification Criteria:

    • Be a registered charity based in B.C.,
    • Rescue and/or welfare initiatives serve to support animals located in B.C.,
    • For those that provide rescue and rehabilitation services, must operate with established adoption policies consistent with the following protocol:
      • Spay and neuter animals before adoption,
      • Get animals vet-checked and provide adopter with vet records,
      • Conduct at least a two-week behavior assessment period before placing animal for adoption,
      • Require a reasonable adoption fee ($50 to $400 depending on type of animal and age),
      • Does not adopt out an animal until it’s in the best health possible and provides full disclosure when adopting out animals with health and/or behaviour issues,
      • Require potential adopters to submit an adoption application, reference check, and whenever possible, participate in a home visit/check,
      • Require adopters to sign a contract that states organization will take the animal back for any reason, at any time,
      • Provide resources/recommendations for training and/or vet care.

    Application Process:
    Applicants submit application and a copy of the current Board of Directors and adoption policies no later than the deadline noted above. A maximum of ten grants up to $1,000 each will be awarded. Request cannot exceed 75% of total product/service/item costs. Applications will then be reviewed by the Paws for Hope Animal Foundation’s Board of Directors.

    Click here to download the Organizational Grant Application.

    Once completed, they can be emailed to Kathy Powelson at kathy@pawsforhope.org or mailed to:

    7155 Kingsway
    PO Box 54556
    Burnaby, B.C.
    Canada V5E 2Y9

    Veterinary Care Grants

    Application Deadline:
    Open and ongoing; applicants apply on an as-needed basis

    Purpose:
    The purpose of these grants is to provide funding for veterinary procedures for animals in the care of qualified, volunteer-run rescue organizations in B.C.

    Qualification Criteria:

    • Be a registered charity based in B.C.,
    • Rescue and/or welfare initiatives serve to support animals located in B.C.,
    • For those that provide rescue and rehabilitation services, must operate with established adoption policies consistent with the following protocol:
      • Spay and neuter animals before adoption,
      • Get animals vet-checked and provide adopter with vet records,
      • Conduct at least a two-week behavior assessment period before placing animal for adoption,
      • Require a reasonable adoption fee ($50 to $400 depending on type of animal and age),
      • Does not adopt out an animal until it’s in the best health possible and provides full disclosure when adopting out animals with health and/or behaviour issues,
      • Require potential adopters to submit an adoption application, reference check, and whenever possible, participate in a home visit/check,
      • Require adopters to sign a contract that states organization will take the animal back for any reason, at any time,
      • Provide resources/recommendations for training and/or vet care.
    • Have not received Guardian Angel funding within the past six months,
    • Animal has a good prognosis for recovery and a plan for follow-up factored into the overall costs, a written or verbal declaration of this from the case DVM,
    • Animal is in the legal care of applicant organization,
    • Request is for 50% of the overall bill or $1,000.

    Funding Process:
    Funds are provided on an as-needed and as-available basis. Applications are reviewed and decisions made within three days of submission.

    Grant Committee:
    To ensure our funding mandate remains relevant and our decisions are transparent, all vet care grant requests are reviewed by our official Grant Committee consisting of the following members:

    Click here to download the Veterinary Care Grant Application.

    Once completed, they can be emailed to Kathy Powelson at kathy@pawsforhope.org or mailed to:

    7155 Kingsway
    PO Box 54556
    Burnaby, B.C.
    Canada V5E 2Y9

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