Why We Care: A message from Board President, Dr. Shawn Llewellyn

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November
28

This holiday season, we want to introduce you to the people who make everything we do possible and give them an opportunity to share with you, our wonderful supporter, what connects them to the work we do. As you consider your end of year donation, we want you to see the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes to improve the lives of animals here in BC.

Dr. Shawn Llewellyn, Paws for Hope Animal Foundation board president and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s 2016 Humane Award recipient, is an advocate of the human-animal bond. Through the foundation’s work in partnership with community agencies in the Lower Mainland and across British Columbia that support vulnerable populations, as well as youth-services organizations that assist homeless and at-risk youth, Dr. Llewellyn sees first-hand the important role pets play in the lives of some of society’s most-marginalized members.

Take, for example, the 53 animals – including 36 cats, 16 dogs and a rabbit – that were brought in by their low- or no-income owners to receive free physical examinations, vaccinations and parasite-control treatments at Paws for Hope’s latest pet-health clinic, held in early November. Dr. Llewellyn, who provided many of these services along with a supporting volunteer health-clinic team, says, “Our work supporting homeless and low-income pet guardians helps to create healthier communities. When pets can get the veterinary care they need they can remain living with their people, helping to improve their owners’ emotional and mental health and keeping pets out of the shelter.

Our work is possible because of your support,” he adds. “Your donations make a difference in lives of companion animals.”

As a registered charity, every donation made to Paws for Hope will receive a tax receipt. Please consider making a donation today.

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