Rhianydd Bellis has been passionate about animals since she was a child. “When I was younger I was always advocating for one animal welfare issue or another,” she says. “I volunteered at the local vet clinic and, at any given time, my family had an assortment of domestic pets and sick or injured wildlife. The animals in my care ranged from a cat and two dogs to a tarantula and my beloved crow, Molly.”
Years later, Rhianydd remains passionate about advancing animal welfare in B.C., and credits her rescue dog, Tessa, for rekindling her commitment to this issue.
“Watching Tessa transform from a skinny, traumatized orphan into a healthy, happy dog has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” she says. “Tessa got a second chance, but it breaks my heart to know there are countless animals in our community who are equally deserving but not as lucky. Tessa has inspired me to work to improve the lives of those less-fortunate animals as much as possible.”
As a result, Rhianydd joined the Paws for Hope team in 2016. Through her role as a board director, she is able to put her principles and passion for animals into action, providing support and working on programs and projects that advance a sustainable approach to animal welfare in B.C. This holiday season, she wants to thank our sponsors for their assistance in furthering the organization’s vision.
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