Why we care: Meet our Founder & Executive Director Kathy Powelson

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Kathy Powelson is the founder and executive director of Paws for Hope Animal Foundation. Her vision six years ago was to create an entity that would act as an umbrella organization to existing agencies and groups working so hard to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals, and educate and advocate on behalf of animals in British Columbia. With a background in the social services sector and community development, Kathy was well positioned to create the framework to begin this work and is very proud of the achievements made to date.

I believe strongly in the power of community and, in order to do effective and sustainable work, you must work directly in the community” she says. “There’s a lot of amazing work being done on behalf of animals, but it’s often piecemeal and most often groups are only able to respond to crises.

As such, Kathy works hard to find ways to help support the animal-welfare community through events that include keynote speakers and workshops that address things like capacity building (including a recent grant-writing workshop). She is also very excited about the development of Paws for Hope’s Animal Welfare Advisory Network, the purpose of which is to enable organizations throughout B.C. to work together to fund and implement regional and/or provincial strategies to address challenges associated with pet abandonment, abuse and overpopulation. Much of this work will be possible thanks to multi year funding from the Vancouver Foundation.

This holiday season, Kathy would like to thank our sponsors for their assistance in furthering Paws for Hope’s vision. Our organization relies on gifts from generous donors like yourself to continue its work. 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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