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Eat, shop or donate to help animals this Giving Tuesday

We are so pleased to announce that VHS is partnering with The Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary this Giving Tuesday, to make life better for farmed animals.

Between now and December 1st, you can donate directly to our joint campaign, or help by supporting the generous local businesses who are partnering with us!

How your donation helps

Happy Herd provides a loving home to 36 animals rescued from the farming industry. Earlier this year, they welcomed two little lambs to their herd, Lincoln and Lola. Both lambs were born on commercial farms and rejected by their mothers. Lambs are typically sold for slaughter before they reach six months of age. 

Caring for this many animals, comes with a high cost of feed, veterinary expenses and grooming expenses. Your generous support of our campaign will have a lasting impact on the lives of these animals. 

VHS educates and supports individuals, institutions and policy makers, in transitioning towards a plant-based diet and cruelty-free lifestyle.

With your support, we will be launching an Online Plant-based Resource Center in 2021. The resource center will offer marketing tools for food service agencies, guidance to sourcing ingredients, recipe plans and online culinary training.

Visit our Plant-based Plates and Go Veg pages to find out more.

Thank you so much for your support of both of our organizations!

  • BRED – will be donating proceeds from the sales of their dog biscuits for the month of December
  • Chickpea Food Truck – are donating 15% of all food truck sales on December 1st
  • Down 2 Earth – will be supporting our campaign (more details to follow shortly).
  • Ergogenics – are donating a percentage of their sales on December 1st, and offering a 10% discount for online shoppers, using the code GOVEGAN. If you spend $100 or more, you will also receive a free bottle of Ergogenics Plant Protein Berry 420g.
  • Kayefleur Prints – are donating 50% of sales from each animal and flower crown print purchased via www.society6.com/kayefleur from now until December 1st
  • Kind Cafe – are donating proceeds from sale of their Tahini Choco Cookies on December 1st
  • Kula Kitchen – are donating 5% of profits from online sales on December 1st
  • Lita’s Mexican Foods – are donating 5% of proceeds from retailer sales from Nov. 30th – Dec. 7th
  • Lotus Seed Vegan – are donating 50% of sales on December 1st
  • Modern Meat – are donating a percentage of proceeds from sales on Giving Tuesday
  • Nice Shoes are donating 10% of sales on December 1st
  • Panago – locations in Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver will be offering any large plant-based pizza for $10 on December 1st. $1 will be donated to our Giving Tuesday campaign for every plant-based pizza sold. Please use the code PLANT10 at time of order
  • Sprouted Oven by Silver Hills Bakery – are donating 3% of sales on Giving Tuesday
  • The Pie Hole – are donating 15% of sales from vegan purchases online and in store on December 1st. (Online orders must be ordered on December 1st for pick up on a later date!)
  • Vegan Yarn Studio – are donating 20% of all sales on December 1st
  • Veronica’s Gourmet Perogies – are donating a percentage of proceeds from sales of vegan perogies on December 1st
  • Westpoint Naturals – have generously made a donation towards our campaign
  • Willow’s Wax Bar – are donating a percentage of sales on December 1st
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Joyful George needed help

9-year-old George means everything to his owner Leah. Whenever Leah comes home, George dances in circles of joy.

Leah has bipolar and told VHS that she can’t imagine getting through her dark days without him.

He always knows when I am down and will cuddle and lick me when I’m very depressed.

Leah, George’s loving owner

Leah took George to her local veterinary clinic earlier this month after noticing his teeth were causing him pain. She was told that George’s teeth were badly abscessed and that he would need urgent treatment. The vet also noticed a cyst in George’s eye had grown and recommended doing a biopsy to confirm whether it needed to be removed.

Leah was able to put down a deposit for George’s treatment, but as she is struggling on low income, she was unable to pay the full cost of almost $1,000. That’s why she reached out to the McVitie Fund for help.

Could you help cover the additional costs of George’s medical treatment?

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Support for women and pets fleeing homelessness

Support for women and pets fleeing homelessness

Will you match our $30,000 grant for a bigger impact?

Women and pets experience homelessness in more potentially dangerous ways than men. Women are uniquely affected by homelessness because they are less likely to appear in shelters, drop ins, public spaces or access social services. They may continue living in a risky situation, such as staying on couches or living with a person who is abusive, to avoid shelter situations that feel unsafe and ensure their pet has housing.

Women with pets as their family are more difficult to house and many facilities do not have the knowledge or capacity to address the animal health issues that come with housing pets short-term.

Thanks to generous funding provided by PetSmart Charities® of Canada, over the next year we will be partnering with social service agencies to decrease the barriers to pets entering housing. With your help, even more women and their pets will be able to escape homelessness.

Your donation today will fund:

  • Preventative care, including deworming, de-fleaing and vaccinations, to ensure that frequent changeover within the facility does not lead to zoonotic disease issues.
  • For cats, dogs and small animals experiencing medical issues, funding will ensure their acute issues are remedied as part of their preventative medicine appointment, ensuring that there is only a one-time examination to address multiple issues.
  • As the project grows, we hope to also offer assistance with behaviour issues.

With your matching donation, we aim to assist more than 100 animals over the next year. Our hope is that these pets can continue to be a valued family member, providing the mental health supports that women in crisis need. Their animal companions will no longer serve as a barrier, preventing women from accessing services.

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Daphne’s lucky to be alive

Daphne is precious member of her family.  Her guardian Misty, a single mom, says Daphne loves to cuddle with her six-year-old son, who has a sensory disorder. She’s important to everyone in the family, and a loving dog who loves to entertain everyone with her antics.

She is a great dog, very brave. She is friends with all who know her. I love her like my child and the kids love her so much. I feel lucky to have had this dog in my life for seven years.

Misty, Daphne’s loving owner

Recently, Daphne escaped her backyard, pushing through a loose board in the fence and running out on the road.  She was hit by a car, badly injuring her leg. She required urgent and expensive surgery, but her guardian Misty didn’t have the funds to cover the cost. 

She was in bad shape and we were told that without urgent surgery she’d only have a few days to live.

Fortunately, VHS was able to step in and provide financial assistance through the McVitie Fund, ensuring that Daphne got the treatment she needed.

Could you help today by making a donation to help cover the cost of Daphne’s medical bills?

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Sweetheart Salem

Nicky adopted Salem 3 years ago, after seeing a photo of him in a nearby shelter. She took her time getting to know him and getting him to trust her before eventually adopting him.

I wanted to make sure that he was going to pick me, as well as me pick him. Right away he was the sweetest boy once home. He sleeps with me almost every night and knows my moods so well.

Nicky, Salem’s owner

Nicky suffers from severe anxiety and depression; which Salem helps her cope with. He is not only is giving Nicky a reason to get up in the morning but he helps her remember to take her medications too!

Last month Salem started showing signs of illness, and after a visit to the vet, he was diagnosed with a urinary tract blockage. Nicky was told that he needed emergency surgery, costing thousands.

The urinary blockage was so sudden, especially since he’s not a very old cat. He’s had no prior issues.

Knowing she couldn’t afford his surgery, Nicky reached out to VHS and several other organizations for help. She told us that Salem is her sweetheart and she’d be lost without him.

The McVitie Fund, generously funded by VHS supporters, contributed $500 towards Salem’s surgery.

Please consider making a donation today towards the McVitie Fund, to help animals like Salem receive the urgent veterinary care they need. Thank you for your support!

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Annie sleeps at Dora’s side every night

The McVitie Fund is always stretched to it’s limits. This week alone, VHS has received more than 18 phone calls from vulnerable individuals in the community looking for help to cover the costs of their companions unexpected veterinary bills.

VHS recently helped sweet little Annie, after her owner Dora reached out. Dora lives alone with Annie, after her husband passed away last year.

“Annie has been my ears for me since 2012 when I started to lose my hearing. I now depend on her at night to let me know if something happens around me. She has always slept with me and wakes me up by barking.”

Dora, Annie’s owner

When Annie started developing eye problems, Dora rushed her to the vet where they confirmed she had eye ulcers that required urgent treatment.

“I am now on disability and no longer able to work as a nurse as I have severe hearing loss. I am asking for help so I can have a few more years with my Annie.”

The McVitie Fund provides a safety net for vulnerable individuals, so they don’t have to give up or unnecessarily euthanize their companion. Could you make a donation today to help Annie and the many other animals in need?

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Chance needed surgery for cherry eye

Bev took little Chance in when he was just 6 weeks old. His mom had rejected all of the puppies in her litter and Bev wanted to give this puppy a chance – hence his name!

Since adopting Chance, he has been Bev’s loving companion and best friend.

Recently Chance has developed severe cherry eye, which is at risk of spreading to the second eye. After visiting my vet, I have been told that surgery is the only option, costing almost $400.

Bev, Chance’s owner

Bev is 74 years old and on a pension. The lease on her apartment is coming to an end and she is currently looking for a new place to live that will accept Chance. Finding suitable pet-friendly accommodation can be a daunting task for any of us.

Unexpected veterinary bills can be devastating for individuals who are struggling on low income; that’s why Bev reached out to our McVitie Fund for financial assistance to pay for Chance’s eye surgery.

Could you make a donation today to help cover the cost of Chance’s cherry eye surgery?

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Little Champagne urgently needed help

Since Vonette rescued Champagne, this precious pup has served as her support animal and has been a wonderful addition to her life.

When Champagne started having trouble urinating and passing blood one day, Vonette realised something was seriously wrong.

I took her to the emergency clinic at 4am and the vet discovered that she had a blockage in her urethra and a large stone in her bladder.

Vonette, Champagne’s owner

The veterinary services cost Vonette $499; an amount she cannot afford as she is living on disability income.

Champagne was discharged the same day with morphine, and Vonette contacted the McVitie Fund straight away to ask for help with her treatment.

The McVitie Fund assists vulnerable individuals on low or no income with emergency medical costs for their loved and well-cared for pets. This program ensures that animals do not have to be unnecessarily euthanized or surrendered to a shelter.

You can help keep Champagne and Vonette together by making a life-saving donation today towards her care.

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October is Free Wills Month

You can leave a legacy for the animals

Next month we’ll be teaming up with a will writing service to offer our supporters aged 55 and over a unique opportunity to make a will (if you haven’t already) or revise your current will, for free!

The Vancouver Humane Society is participating in Free Wills Month, a campaign that allows you to provide for your loved ones and make a significant contribution to charity, if you choose to do so. There is absolutely no obligation to include a charity in order to participate, however, it’s our hope that you might use this opportunity to let your love of animals live on by helping us to continue our work.

How it works

The campaign pays for simple wills. If your will is more complex, you can pay the participating lawyer for the extra work.

If you’d like to participate or for more information, you can call 888-337-2884 or go to the free wills website – www.freewillsmonth.ca to register. You can contact one of the law firms listed on the website anytime during October to request an appointment. And although the campaign runs from October 1 to October 31, your will does not need to be completed in that timeframe – as long as you have booked an appointment during the month.

How gifts in Wills make a difference

Without the kind gifts that supporters like you leave us in their will, we simply couldn’t be there for all of the animals who need us. Bequests make up two thirds of our fundraising income, allowing us to continue helping animals long into the future. 

By remembering us in your will you ensure the animals are not forgotten.

Thank you for your support.

How will my health be protected when dealing with the participating lawyers?

All of the lawyers taking part in the campaign have arrangements in place to conduct interviews with clients safely while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Do you run Free Wills Month every year?

We encourage our supporters to take advantage of this special opportunity in 2020, should you wish to create or update your will. Although VHS has been participating in Free Wills Month for the past few years, as our organization evolves we may discontinue this campaign in the future.

For any further questions please email our Development Officer Claire Yarnold at: claire@vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca or call 604-266-9744.

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Taiga needs surgery

18-month-old bull mastiff Taiga, is a growing pup full of energy. She recently tore her CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) whilst running up the staircase at her family home and urgently needs surgery to fix it.

The total cost of Taiga’s surgery and follow-up medication is estimated at $2,570; an amount none of us can imagine suddenly having to spend. Taiga’s owner Susan, is on disability and is struggling to find the funds for her surgery. That’s why she reached out to VHS for financial assistance from the McVitie Fund.

She is my emotional comfort animal and helps me cope with a chronic nerve pain medical condition. Sometimes I think Taiga is human. She is very funny and one of her quirks is sitting on the sofa like a person.

Susan, Taiga’s loving dog mom

Taiga is a huge part of Susan’s life. You can help keep this paw-some pair together by making a donation today to help cover the cost of Taiga’s CCL surgery. Thanks to an anonymous matching grant donor, your donation will also be doubled!