Charity aims to tackle B.C.’s broken animal welfare support system
VANCOUVER, BC – February 5, 2014 – Paws for Hope Animal Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity committed to more sustainable companion animal protection in B.C., today announced it will be a featured charity at the upcoming Pet Lover Show running February 15th and 16th at the TRADEX Convention Centre in Abbotsford.
“We’re honoured to be highlighted and supported by the 2014 Pet Lover Show alongside our partners, the Semiahmoo Animal League Inc. (SALI),” said Kathy Powelson, Executive Director of Paws for Hope. “Although we’re a small organization, we have a bold mission to drive the utmost care and protection for B.C.’s companion animals over the long term. This show provides the perfect opportunity to share our vision and showcase the great work we’ve done to date for the dogs, cats, small animals, and reptiles that need our help.”
Established in 2011 in response to the Province’s broken animal welfare support system, Paws for Hope is not just another animal charity. It was created to strengthen and empower what already existed within the animal welfare community by focusing on four key areas of service:
- Optimization – Helping optimize existing, pre-qualified community-based animal rescue and support organizations through programs like the Guardian Angel Fund providing vet bill assistance.
- Collaboration – Collaborating with existing animal groups to create a united front.
- Commitment – Committing to fill important gaps with direct animal assistance and educational programs such as the “Pets are not Products” campaign to stop the retail sale of pets.
- Participation – Participating in affecting local and provincial animal-related legislation.
Today, Paws for Hope is the only charity to directly help B.C. companion animals and assist established animal rescue and support organizations with their different areas of need. For example, in early January an 8-week-old lab mix named “Mica” survived a completely preventable battle with the Parvovirus (contracted from a “backyard breeder” in Surrey) thanks to funding from Paws for Hope’s Roxy’s Relief program. And on February 22nd and 23rd, Paws for Hope will be holding seminars focused on “Compassion Fatigue” to address the emotional toll working in animal welfare, rescue, and rehabilitation can take. This stems from research indicating that veterinarians have the highest suicide rates among caring professionals and those working in animal welfare/rescue have one of the highest burnout rates.
To learn more about Paws for Hope, the charity will have a booth near the entrance of the Pet Lover Show. Additional information including a regularly-updated blog can also be found at www.pawsforhope.org.
Kathy Powelson, Executive Director