Vancouver, BC On Saturday, October 21, the Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC (AWANBC) hosted their inaugural conference, “Connection & Collaboration: Transforming animal welfare in BC” at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The conference was kicked off by keynote speaker Elizabeth Jensen from Best Friends Animal Society, followed by presentations by Jan Hannah from the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Jackie Wepruk from the National Farm Animal Care Council.
Seventy participants representing animal rescue and welfare organizations across the province engaged in discussions on the importance of collaborating to create meaningful and sustainable change in companion animal welfare. AWANBC is an initiative of Paws for Hope Animal Foundation, and its purpose is to enable organizations to work together to support strategies around specific projects and initiatives associated with companion animal welfare.
“With over 170 animal rescue organizations in the province, a network that can bring people together to address animal welfare issues impacting their communities is critical to make any lasting change.” said Kathy Powelson, Executive Director, “We have been working hard over the past two years to create AWANBC and it was so exciting to see this tremendous level of participation in our first conference.”
Membership in AWANBC will be ongoing, and we are pleased to welcome our first cohort of members.
A Voice4Paws Canine Rescue Society
BC Chihuahua Rescue Society
Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team
Crooked Leg Ranch
Cross Our Paws Rescue
Dees Orphan Kitten Fund
Dewdney Animal Hospital
HugABull Advocacy & Rescue Society
In Memory of Maggie May
Lakes Animal Friendship Society
Northern Alliance Animal Rescue
Pets Matter Foster Care Society
Rabbitats Rescue Society
Surrey Animal Resource Centre
Surrey Community Cat Coalition
Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association
Vet-to-Pet Mobile Service
Victoria Humane Society
West Coast Rottweiler Rescue
The first two projects AWANBC will be working on are 1) the creation of rescue standards of practice, and 2) a community mapping project designed to provide a deeper understanding of the animal welfare issues, challenges and opportunities facing underserved and remote communities of our province. The information collected in the community mapping project will be instrumental in guiding future network projects and initiatives.
Kathy Powelson, Paws for Hope Animal Foundation
The Animal Welfare Advisory Network has been generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation.