Because They Matter


On July 25th, you can make a meaningful difference to the lives of people and animals in crisis. Because They Matter is VHS’s first fundraising and outreach event aimed at helping individuals on low income and their pets in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

We’re looking for an amazing group of animal advocates to raise funds for VHS’s work for animals and participate in an outreach event in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Event participants will distribute harnesses, dog treats, leashes and blankets and have meaningful conversations with folks who spend the day on the streets with their animals.

Prior to the event day, you’ll receive training on the barriers that keep structurally vulnerable people from accessing veterinary assistance for their animals. You’ll learn about the meaning of One Welfare, what trauma-informed care looks like and why veterinary outreach services are so important.

There are 26 spaces available on the team. Interested in finding out more?

Not available on July 25th or don’t live in Vancouver? You can still support this event by creating your own fundraising page!