Roxy’s Relief

Homeless Man and Dogs

Roxy’s Relief is a shelter intervention program. By providing basic veterinary care for vulnerable populations, we are helping to enhance animal protection by providing the care these animals need, which in turn will have a positive impact on the individual within the community. Helping pets of those in need also helps to keep animals with their families and out of the shelter system.

Our organization recognizes the positive impact pets have on vulnerable populations, including those that are homeless. This relationship is often their only constant source of companionship, and at times can be the one thing that keeps them going. When you have healthy communities, you have healthy animals.

Our Accomplishments

Through our program we have helped hundreds of pets get food and supplies, we have provided funding for emergency veterinary care for animals in need and have held 10 clinics in Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhood.

Please Help Today

Your donation matters! We are committed to responsible stewardship of donor dollars and work hard to remain transparent in how donations are utilized.

$30 will feed a pet for a month (or two!)

$30 will feed a pet for a month (or two!)

$50 for a physical examination

$50 for a physical examination

$100 for a physical exam and vaccinations

$100 for a physical exam and vaccinations

$150 to neuter a pet

$150 to neuter a pet

$250 for blood work and x-ray

$250 for blood work and x-ray

$275 to spay a pet

$275 to spay a pet

$500 for much needed dental surgery

$500 for much needed dental surgery

$1000 for emergency surgery

$1000 for emergency surgery

$5,000 to provide free spay & neuter clinic

$5,000 to provide free spay & neuter clinic

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$5000 for a one day health clinic for the pets of those who are homeless or low income

How We Help

Roxy’s Relief provides support to homeless, street-involved, low-income pet guardians through donations of food, kitty litter, bedding, jackets, and other items, and by offering free animal health clinics and vet care assistance. Through our partnerships with community organizations serving low-income and homeless community members, we provide donated food and pet supplies and help to ensure pets get the medical care they need. We also work with participating veterinary hospitals to help us provide quality care for those in need. When possible, we refer patients to a partner organization who has agreed to provide care for our clients at a discounted rate:

Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital (Surrey/Delta)
Yaletown Pet Hospital (Vancouver)
Hart Family Veterinary Clinic (Prince George)
BC SPCA Hospital Penticton
BC SPCA Hospital Vancouver

Food and Pet Supplies

Donations are delivered every 6 to 8 weeks to nine organizations in New Westminster, North Vancouver, and Vancouver to be distributed to those in need. In addition, we participate in community outreach events, such as Homeless Connects, which provide an opportunity for pet guardians to pick up food, connect with our staff, and get minor pet grooming. In 2015, we provided between 10,000 and 15,000 pounds of pet food.

Emergency and Follow-Up Vet Care

Through Roxy’s Relief, homeless and low-income pet guardians can apply for funding to help with emergency veterinary care such as surgery or treatment of a disease.

Financial support for emergency veterinary care can be applied for through our Roxy’s Relief Program. These grants are to serve the homeless and low-income populations in British Columbia that we otherwise cannot assist through our regular clinic days and at our partner veterinary hospitals.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS FUNDING IS FOR EMERGENCY VETERINARY CARE ONLY AND IS NOT MEANT FOR THE GENERAL HEALTH NEEDS OF YOUR PET

Funding Support Application

Please submit completed Application and supporting documents to vetcare@pawsforhope.org.

PLEASE NOTE

If you have taken your pet to see a veterinarian and your application is for funding based on the their recommendations, include the treatment plan with your application.

Please note, our ability to support animals through this grant is dependent on financial resources, and we may not always be able to help.

Animal Health Clinics

Each year we work with local community agencies, veterinary hospitals and veterinary medical staff to provide free health clinics for the pets of the homeless and those that are low income. Currently, we are authorized from the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia to hold hese clinics in Vancouver’s down town east side (DTES). We are aware of the need throughout the province, and it is our goal to expand these services beyond Vancouver.

Over the long term, we see the clinics as part of our ongoing goal to build a sustainable animal welfare system in our province that provides the utmost care for our companion animals. This program promotes responsible pet guardianship by assisting individuals to get basic veterinary care for the pets. We increase people’s knowledge of the benefits of spaying and neutering their pets, with a goal of getting them to agree to sterilize their pet. By providing the necessary vaccinations, we also provide health benefits to the community at large, by reducing the likelihood of the spread of deadly diseases, such a parvovirus, distemper, and rabies. Information on responsible basic care, and pet guardianship, including licensing information is also made available.

The animal health clinics are run by our volunteer Animal Health Team. Much of the supplies is donated from veterinary medical supply companies. The clinics are busy days, with many cases requiring follow-up care, such as medications or surgeries. Donations to Roxy’s Relief help to keep our clinics going, and to ensure those pets needing follow-up care they need.
If you would like more information on how to support the clinics, or you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Clinic Coordinator, Melissa at melissa@pawsforhope.org.

Pets we have helped in 2017

Onyx

Pets we have helped in 2016

Bella

Tasha

Celine

Bella

Pazuzu and Cane

Charley

Snowflake

Shiah

Sunshine

Ellie

Shiloh

Shiloh

Sunny

Sunny

Riley

Riley

Dusty

Dusty

Seaweed

Seaweed

Daisy

Daisy

Jake

Jake

Duke

Duke

Indy

Indy

Mirasol

Mirasol

Olivia

Olivia

Lola & Susie

Lola & Susie

Chilli & Luna

Chilli & Luna

Boo

Boo

Maverick

Maverick

Mowgli

Mowgli

Nico

Nico

Koko

Koko

Tonka

Tonka

Angel

Angel

Tiny

Tiny

Max

Max

Susie

Susie

Boo

Boo

SafSaf

SafSaf

Mischief

Mischief

Mijo

Mijo

Mylo

Mylo

Kes

Kes

Angel

Angel

Spook

Spook

Moki

Moki

Jazzie

Jazzie

Click here to see the animals we helped in 2015

Click here to see the animals we helped in 2014

Our Roxy’s Relief Partners

WatariWatari Counselling & Support Services Society
Watari Counselling & Support Services Society is a registered, charitable social-profit organization established in 1986 in a response to a lack of services and programs for street involved youth and families. Invested in creating space for change we are guided by a belief in the individual’s innate strengths, capabilities and desire for wellness.

Directions Youth Services Centre
Directions Youth Services Centre, operated by Family Services of Greater Vancouver, pro-vides Vancouver’s homeless youth and youth at-risk with a single entry point to access the tools, support, and guidance they so desperately need to go about making healthy, positive changes in their lives. Directions strives to be accessible to all youth, regardless of their circumstances and fosters a culture of respect. Directions Youth Services Centre is working closely with the community to develop solutions to end youth homelessness in Vancouver and to change the community’s perception of street-involved youth.

LookoutLookOut Shelter
Watari Counselling & Support Services Society is a registered, charitable social-profit organization established in 1986 in a response to a lack of services and programs for street involved youth and families. Invested in creating space for change we are guided by a belief in the individual’s innate strengths, capabilities and desire for wellness.

raincityRainCity Housing
Watari Counselling & Support Services Society is a registered, charitable social-profit organization established in 1986 in a response to a lack of services and programs for street involved youth and families. Invested in creating space for change we are guided by a belief in the individual’s innate strengths, capabilities and desire for wellness.

senior-services-societSeniors Services Society
Seniors Services Society (SSS) is an amalgamation of the Seniors Housing Information Program Society and the Western Society for Seniors Citizens Services. SSS was incorporated in February 2006 and now offers over fifty years of combined experience serving seniors in the BC Lower Mainland. Our society is proud to continue a strong legacy of volunteerism and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The society offers support and information for seniors in three distinct areas: Support Services for seniors living in New Westminster; Housing Services for seniors province wide; and information for seniors and service providers throughout the Lower Mainland via our Community Education department. Annually, SSS serves over 3000 vulnerable and socially isolated seniors across the province, 1000 of who reside in New Westminster. seniorsservicessociety.ca

PHSThe Portland Hotel
The Portland Hotel, notwithstanding its name, provides permanent accommodation for 86 adults with mental illnesses, addictions and other problems. It combines housing with professional supports to assist residents according to their individual needs and desires.

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Covenant House
Homeless, lost and afraid, more than 1,400 street–involved youth come to Covenant House Vancouver each year to find sanctuary and a brighter future.

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Harvets Project
Harvest Project serves Metro-Vancouver’s North Shore, extending a hand up to those in need. Helping to restore our neighbours to health and stability benefits the whole community. Our vision is to enlarge our work as a sustainable and compassionate presence for North Shore residents, by North Shore residents.

Becoming a Roxy’s Relief Service Organization Partner
Does your organization provide services for individuals who are homeless or street-involved? If you are interested in becoming a partner, contact Kathy at kathy@pawsforhope.org or call 604-396-9297