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Guardian Angel

Helping organizations help animals in need.

Community based animal welfare and rescue organizations play a significant role in protecting and caring for abandoned and mistreated pets in communities across the country. We are working hard to strengthen and support BC’s animal welfare sector.

The purpose of the Guardian Angel program is to offer services, initiatives, and funding opportunities to support qualified volunteer-run animal welfare and rescue charities in British Columbia. We build meaningful relationships within the animal welfare community so we can respond to the needs of this isolated and under-supported group of dedicated and passionate people who work so hard to save the lives of companion animals throughout the province.

Since 2012, we have helped hundreds of animals through the provision of dozens grants to animal charities across the province. We have also held keynote presentations with animal welfare leaders from Canada and the US, conducted professional development workshops and shown award-winning documentaries that highlight animal welfare issues.

Does your organization want to step things up? Do you need some extra support? Learn more about the grants available through the Paws for Hope Guardian Angel program below. To qualify for grants, organizations must be members of the Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC.

Animal Transportation Grants

Application deadline:
Open and ongoing; applicants can apply on an as needed basis.

Application form:
Fill out the Animal Transport Grant Application Form.

Purpose:
Animal transportation grants provide funding to assist in the transportation costs associated with moving animals across the province to increase their likelihood of adoption, to assist in their rehabilitation, and/or to provide them with necessary medical care.

Funding process:
Funds are provided on an as-needed and as-available basis. Applications are reviewed by the Guardian Angel Grants Committee and funding decisions will be made within seven days.

Qualification criteria
To qualify for this grant, an organization must be a registered charity in BC and an Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC member in good standing. Those that provide rescue and rehabilitation services, must operate with established adoption policies consistent with the following protocol:


  • Spay and neuter animals before adoption
  • Get animals vet-checked and provide adopter with vet records
  • Conduct at least a two-week behavior assessment period before placing animal for adoption
  • Require a reasonable adoption fee ($50 to $400 depending on type of animal and age)
  • Does not adopt out an animal until it’s in the best health possible and provides full disclosure when adopting out animals with health and/or behaviour issues
  • Require potential adopters to submit an adoption application, reference check, and whenever possible, participate in a home visit/check
  • Require adopters to sign a contract that states organization will take the animal back for any reason, at any time
  • Provide resources/recommendations for training and/or vet care
  • Have not received Animal Transport funding within the past 6 months
  • Animal is in the legal care of applicant organization
  • Request is for 50% of the overall costs up to a maximum of $1,000

How you can help

Transportation

$500 will transport a pet from Northern BC to an animal hospital or rescue on the coast

Dental

$500 will provide much-needed dental surgery for a BC pet.

Development

$750 will provide organization development and help increase the capacity of an animal charity.

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Organizational Development Grants

Application deadline:
Open and ongoing; applicants can apply on an as needed basis.

Application form:
Fill out the Organizational Development Application Form.

Purpose:
Paws for Hope Organizational Development Grants assist in the development, improvement, and/or enhancement of an animal group’s organizational operations.

Eligible Expenses:
Technology improvements (e.g. Web site upgrades, database development); Marketing and promotions (e.g. brochure design, marketing guidance); Operational/administration improvements (e.g. updating/revising application and screening processes); Volunteer/Board training; Material purchases to enhance animal care (e.g. bedding, housing, fencing).

Application Process:
Applicants submit application and a copy of the current Board of Directors and adoption policies no later than the deadline noted above. A maximum of ten grants up to $1,000 each will be awarded. Request cannot exceed 75% of total product/service/item costs. Applications will then be reviewed by the Paws for Hope Animal Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Qualification criteria
To qualify for this grant, an organization must be a registered charity in BC and an Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC member in good standing. Rescue and/or welfare initiatives must support animals located in BC. Those that provide rescue and rehabilitation services, must operate with established adoption policies consistent with the following protocol:


  • Spay and neuter animals before adoption
  • Get animals vet-checked and provide adopter with vet records
  • Conduct at least a two-week behavior assessment period before placing animal for adoption
  • Require a reasonable adoption fee ($50 to $400 depending on type of animal and age)
  • Does not adopt out an animal until it’s in the best health possible and provides full disclosure when adopting out animals with health and/or behaviour issues
  • Require potential adopters to submit an adoption application, reference check, and whenever possible, participate in a home visit/check
  • Require adopters to sign a contract that states organization will take the animal back for any reason, at any time
  • Provide resources/recommendations for training and/or vet care

How you can help

Surgery

$1000 will cover the costs of emergency surgery for one BC pet in need.

Advocacy

$2000 will fully support one advocacy or outreach initiative of the Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC.

Education

$5000 will fund a provincial animal welfare and rescue education and awareness event.

Veterinary Care Grants

Application deadline:
Open and ongoing; applicants can apply on an as needed basis.

Application form:
Fill out the Veterinary Care Grant Application Form.

Purpose:
Guardian Angel Veterinary Care grants fund veterinary procedures for animals in the care of qualified, volunteer-run rescue organizations in BC.

Funding Process:
Funds are provided on an as-needed and as-available basis. Applications are reviewed and decisions made within three days of submission.

Qualification criteria
To qualify for this grant, an organization must be a registered charity in BC and an Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC member in good standing. Rescue and/or welfare initiatives must support animals located in BC. Those that provide rescue and rehabilitation services, must operate with established adoption policies consistent with the following protocol:


  • Spay and neuter animals before adoption
  • Get animals vet-checked and provide adopter with vet records
  • Conduct at least a two-week behavior assessment period before placing animal for adoption
  • Require a reasonable adoption fee ($50 to $400 depending on type of animal and age)
  • Does not adopt out an animal until it’s in the best health possible and provides full disclosure when adopting out animals with health and/or behaviour issues
  • Require potential adopters to submit an adoption application, reference check, and whenever possible, participate in a home visit/check
  • Require adopters to sign a contract that states organization will take the animal back for any reason, at any time
  • Provide resources/recommendations for training and/or vet care
  • Have not received Guardian Angel funding within the past six months
  • Animal has a good prognosis for recovery and a plan for follow-up factored into the overall costs, a written or verbal declaration of this from the case DVM
  • Animal is in the legal care of applicant organization
  • Request is for 50% of the overall bill or $1,000

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