What We Do
They deserve better.
Improving the lives of pets in BC.
Each year in BC, tens of thousands of pets are taken in by community-based rescue organizations and shelters. They are abandoned and surrendered for a number of reasons—families with a pet in distress often feel that they have nowhere to turn, individuals in crisis or fleeing violence are rarely able to take their pets with them, many people are unable to find pet-friendly housing.
In order to create meaningful and lasting change for pets, we must also recognize the needs of their people. Pets and their people are bonded; their lives are inextricably linked. For the vast majority of households, animals are considered members of the family. As such, we believe that animal welfare work must integrate with social services sector and support the people who share their lives with the pets we are helping.
You will see that belief in our approach to all of the work we do—in all of our programs and initiatives and partnerships. Paws for Hope is a non-profit with many moving parts, but they are all connected by a unifying mission and three key priorities.
Paws for Hope strives to shift the culture of companion animal welfare in British Columbia by creating new models of practice and remediating the underlying causes of harm through cross sector collaboration, education, and advocacy.
“We need to be professional, we need infrastructure, credibility, expertise, and sustainability. That is when change will happen.”
How we do it
Keep BC pets and people
that all pets deserve to be happy, healthy, and stay in the arms of the people who love them.
help local pets
in creating a more sustainable, meaningful, and empowering animal welfare and support network in BC.
support positive change
in BC animal welfare and rescue
that BC can lead the way in fostering an environment that is responsible, accountable, and cruelty-free.
Better Together is a shelter intervention program that aims to keep pets with their people by providing basic veterinary care, training, and supplies.Learn More
No Pet Left Behind is a crisis foster care program created to provide safe care for pets of individuals who are escaping violence.Learn More
The Guardian Angel program provides services and funding to support qualified volunteer-run animal welfare and rescue charities in BC.Learn More
Our Pets Are Not Products campaign aims raise awareness about the inhumane business practices of animal breeding mills and backyard breeders.Learn More
Our Cruelty Free BC program educates consumers on the inhumane practice of animal testing and the misleading labeling of cruelty-free products.Learn More
The Animal Welfare Advisory Network of British Columbia empowers organizations to work together on specific projects and initiatives associated with companion animal welfare in BC.Learn More
Since we established in June 2011 we have successfully…
We established a much-needed program, called Guardian Angel, that provides thousands of dollars in emergency and organizational development funding each year to qualified animal charities across BC.Learn More
We established a provincial program that partners with veterinary hospitals to eliminate pet over-population in British Columbia by providing a spay/neuter assistance program for low-income earners.Learn More
In 2020, the Animal Welfare Advisory Network released the final draft of its Animal Rescue Standards of Practice providing feasible and scientifically informed approaches for rescues to meet animal health and welfare needs.Learn More
We established Better Together (formerly Roxy’s Relief), a program that partners with social service agencies in Vancouver, New Westminster, and North Vancouver to provide support to homeless, low-income, and elderly pet guardians.Learn More
We launched an ongoing, province-wide education campaign, called Cruelty Free BC, to inform the public about the inhumane and unnecessary animal testing for cosmetics and household products.Learn More
We have held free animal health clinics for homeless and low-income pet guardians multiple times a year throughout Vancouver with the support of our community partners and sponsors.Learn More
We launched an ongoing, province-wide educational campaign, called Pets Are Not Products, to educate the public about animal welfare issues related to the retail sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits resulting in the ban of pet sales in a number of BC cities.Learn More
We have provided funding support so that homeless and low-income earning pet guardians across the lower mainland can access critical veterinary care for their their pets.Learn More
In order to better support animal welfare organizations in remote, northern and under-served communities, AWANBC mapped what services and resources are available in these communities and illustrated the findings.Learn More