Better Together

Keeping pets and people together is one of our main goals. Paws for Hope believes that by supporting pets at home and in their communities, we both honour the important and meaningful bond between people and their pets while also reducing the burden placed on the animal rescue and shelter system.

Paws for Hope also recognizes the positive impact pets have on vulnerable individuals, 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. Healthy communities include healthy animals and loved pets are better when they can together with their people at home.

We are committed to responsible stewardship of donor dollars in all that we do and work hard to remain transparent in how donations are utilized. Below is a sample of what your donations can provide to pets and families in need.

$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

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

$25 for training/behaviour support

How We Can Help

Our Better Together program provides support to homeless, street-involved, and low-income pet guardians by offering donated pet food and supplies, free animal health clinics, veterinary care funding, and training and behaviour support.

Animal Training

We also partner with AnimalKind Accredited dog trainers to provide subsidized training support.

Our training partners are:
Dog Partners
Dawg Training Academy
Sit Pretty Pet Services
Paw in Hand
Sea to Sky Canine Training
Dogs of Distinction Canine Training

To apply for training assistance, use our online Better Together Training Application.

Veterinary Care

Through partnerships with community organizations that serve low-income and homeless individuals and families, we also help to ensure pets get the medical care they need. In addition, we work with participating veterinary hospitals to provide quality care for pets in need. When possible, we refer patients to a partner organization that has agreed to provide care for our clients at a discounted rate.

Our partnering organizations are:
Sechelt Animal Hospital , Sunshine Coast
Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital , Surrey/Delta
Guildford Animal Hospital , Surrey
Eagle Ridge Animal and Bird Hospital , Coquitlam
Burnaby Veterinary Hospital
Hart Family Veterinary Clinic , Prince George
BC SPCA Hospital Vancouver
BC SPCA Hospital Penticton
Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic
Buckley River Veterinary Services, Houston
Vet to Pet Mobile Service , Smithers
Killarney Animal Hospital , Vancouver
King George Veterinary Hospital, Surrey
Menzies Pet Hospital , Chilliwack
Fraser Valley Animal Hospital, Abbotsford
Inveremere Animal Hospital
Queensborough Veterinary Hospital, New Westminster
Seafair Animal Clinic (Richmond)
Ironwood Animal Hospital (Richmond)
Vanderhoof Veterinary Clinic
Yaletown Pet Hospital, Vancouver

To apply for veterinary funding assistance, use our online Veterinary Funding Support Application.

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 by the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia to hold these clinics in Vancouver’s downtown eastside (DTES), New Westminster, Langley, Abbotsford and Surrey. We are aware that the need for our clinics is province-wide and we aim to continue to expand.

Our animal health clinics are run by our volunteer Animal Health Team. Many of the supplies are donated from veterinary medical supply companies. The clinics are busy days, with many cases requiring follow-up care, such as medications or surgeries. Each pet who requires care beyond what can be treated at the clinic receives the veterinary care needed. Donations help to keep our clinics going and ensure those pets receive the follow-up care they need.

Assistance eligibility

<$25,000 in total yearly household income with 0 dependants
<$30,000 in total yearly household income with 1 dependant
<$35,000 in total yearly household income with 2 dependants
<$40,000 in total yearly household income with 3 dependants
<$45,000 in total yearly household income with 4 dependants
<$50,000 in total yearly household income with 5+ dependants

Some of the pets helped in 2020


Some of the pets helped in 2019


Some of the pets helped in 2018

Some of the pets helped in 2017

Pets helped in 2016

Pets helped in 2015

Pets helped in 2015

Pets helped in 2014

Our Community Partners Partners

The Kettle Society
McLaren Housing Society
Raincity Housing
Look Out Housing and Health Society
Options Community Service Society
Pacific Community Resource Society
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Archway Community Services

Become a Comunity Partner
Does your organization provide services for individuals who are homeless or low income? If you are interested in becoming a partner, contact Kathy at kathy@pawsforhope.org or call 604-396-9297

Our Roxy’s Relief Clinic Sponsors

Elanco-Novartis
RC Pets
Zoetis