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Your gift helps animals!

Vancouver Humane Society is partnering with The Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary this Giving Tuesday to make life better for farmed animals!

Between now and November 30, you can donate directly to our joint campaign, or help by supporting one of the businesses that are generously donating a portion of their profits this week.

The first $6,000 we receive in donations will be matched by generous local partners!

Online donations with credit cards

CanadaHelps is currently experiencing an issue with processing credit card donations. Their team are working hard to fix this as soon as possible. You can still donate towards our vital work for animals by selecting the PayPal option below. You do not need a PayPal account to do this, simply click “Pay with a credit or Visa Debit card” and “checkout as a guest” when prompted. If you would prefer to donate by credit card over the phone with our team directly, please call Claire Yarnold at 604-266-1012. Thank you for your generous support.  

How your donation helps

The Happy Herd provides a loving home to 70 animals rescued from the farming industry, six of whom were rescued this year alone! In 2021, they welcomed three pigs, a goat, and two turkeys. The sanctuary’s animal care costs range from $5,000 – $6,000 a month. These costs cover everything from food and bedding to hoof trimmings and x-rays.

Your generous support of our campaign will have a lasting impact on the lives of the animals who call The Happy Herd home.

Since 1984, the Vancouver Humane Society has been supporting individuals, organizations, and governments to take action for the welfare and rights of animals influenced by human activities. Whether advocating against rodeo cruelty, providing emergency vet funds for companion animals in low income homes, offering resources to help people and businesses choose plant-based options, or lobbying for policies that minimize harm to animals, VHS is dedicated to ending animal suffering in all forms. All donations to VHS go directly toward vital programs and advocacy work in order to create a kinder world for all animals.

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

  • Westpoint Naturals – will be making a donation toward our campaign
  • Chickpea – will be donating 15% of all food truck sales on November 30
  • Sprouted Oven – will be donating 3% of their sales on November 30
  • Vegan Supply – will have a virtual donation jar which can be found at their online checkout on November 30
  • Down 2 Earth – will be donating 100% of proceeds from their holiday sips on November 30
  • Vegan Yarn Studio – will be donating 25% of sales on November 30
  • Ergogenics – will be donating 10% of sales on November 30
  • Nice Shoes – will be donating 10% of sales on November 30
  • Panago – all lower mainland and greater Vancouver Panago stores will be offering $10 plant-based pizzas and $1 from every plant-based pizza sold will be donated to the Giving Tuesday campaign. Use code PLANT10
  • Lotus Seed Vegan – will be supporting our campaign (details to follow)
  • Lita’s Mexican Foods – will be making a donation toward our campaign

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5 reasons why vet assistance is vital

From broken limbs to treatments for infections, Vancouver Humane Society’s McVitie Fund continues to be there for sick and injured companion animals during desperate times of need. This emergency support fund allows individuals living on a low income to access urgent vet assistance for their beloved animals, without having to make the almost impossible decision to surrender them to a shelter.

The demand for these resources has been at an all-time high again in 2021 as COVID-19 has continued to decrease vulnerable people’s financial capacity. The program has assisted 168 animals so far this year. This wouldn’t be possible without VHS’s generous supporters.

Here are some of the reasons emergency vet assistance is an important part of creating a caring and equitable society.

1. The bonds between animals and their guardians are vital.

A senior person smiles and pats their happy dog while sitting on the couch.

People of all income levels benefit from the companionship of animals. Research strongly suggests that animals are therapeutic and offer solace and emotional support for individuals with mental health issues. Just as humans bond to animals, animals become attached to humans. Splitting up the relationship between an animal and their guardian can cause trauma and suffering for both parties.

2. Emergency assistance is often the last available option to help animals get the care they need.

A child and cat sit on the bed together.

Many people living on a low income will prioritize their animals’ needs ahead of their own to get them care. One animal guardian who reached out through the Helping Women and Pets Program, Mariam, said: “We spent our rent money to get him medicine in the hospital to prevent him from suffering. I accepted that I would have to without some basic needs and put off rent for a couple of months to catch up financially.”

Other guardians who reach out have exhausted loan options, used up their emergency savings, or even used crowdfunding to help their animals as much as possible. Emergency assistance may be the last option to help their beloved animals recover without surrendering them to a shelter.

3. Financial difficulties are one of the top reasons animal guardians surrender their pets to a shelter.

A dog and her guardian experiencing homelessness sit on the street as people walk past.

When a guardian cannot afford emergency veterinary care, they are often faced with an impossible choice: allow their animal to suffer, or surrender them to a shelter to get the care they need. The model of requiring people to give up their pets in order to access urgent vet care splits up families who are experiencing financial difficulty.

VHS wants to reduce and ultimately eliminate the surrender of wanted pets due to systemic lack of access to financial resources. We aim to do this by providing veterinary assistance to the most families possible.

4. Veterinary care is not subsidized by the government.

A dog sits in a veterinary office wearing a cone

Companion animals are an important part of many families in Canada—in fact, 58% of Canadian households have at least one dog or cat. Research shows that living with a companion animal has important medical, emotional, and mental health benefits.

Despite all this, there is no federal system for providing animal family members with the medical care they need. This means veterinary care costs can be too high for animal guardians to afford.

Meanwhile, veterinarians often still don’t make a profit due to the cost of rent, staffing, and equipment. Almost all of the veterinary clinics that we work with offer us discounted rates for their services; we rely on donations from generous community members to help guardians cover the remaining expenses and bring their animal loved ones home.

5. The need for financial assistance is greater than ever.

A cat sits in their guardian's lap on the couch

People living on a low income were some of the hardest hit by the financial impacts of COVID-19. Because of the recent financial crisis, many people do not have the funds available to cover a veterinary emergency.

Over the past month, VHS has been struggling to keep up with the demand from individuals on low income who need vet assistance. Other organizations that have offered similar services in the past have recently been making changes to their programming, meaning VHS is now the only organization in some areas of B.C. offering financial support for vet bills.

From July 1 to August 31, 2021, VHS helped 66 animals at a total expense of more than $15,000. The McVitie Fund’s program coordinator, Brooklyn, can receive up to 10 applications for help a day.

We are almost at the point of having to turn people away.

Right now, your support means more than ever. All donations to the McVitie Fund matching grant and to any animal’s fundraising page are currently being matched by an anonymous donor. That means your gift today will make double the difference in improving the lives of animals.

Make it monthly! Could you spare as little as $5 a month? Donating monthly provides a steady source of funds which we can rely on to keep this program running.  If you are interested in becoming a monthly donor you can call our Development Director Claire Yarnold at 604-266-1012 or sign up online.

Update – Nov 19, 2021

VHS is currently helping with veterinary costs for people and their animals impacted by flooding in B.C. Visit our Flood Evacuee Veterinary Support page to access assistance or donate.

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Find unique gifts & help animals at VHS’s new silent auction

After last year’s success, we are holding an exciting second ever online silent auction this fall!

There are more than 150 items available to bid on in the silent auction, all generously donated by local businesses.

The auction will run from October 18-25. Click the link below to start bidding!

A grid showing six silent auction items: a cork yoga mat, Faimont hotel, a vegan chocolate cake, a cat receiving a Meowbox, ceramic dishes, and Vitam C serum.
Some of the beautiful gifts donated by local businesses

There’s something for everyone in the auction, including: a one-night stay for two at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, vegan beauty and skincare products, and delicious plant-based restaurant gift cards! The silent auction is the perfect place to purchase unique holiday gifts for loved ones or to treat yourself to something special, and all for a good cause.

Last year’s auction raised more than $6,000. You can help us top that this year! All proceeds from the auction will go towards VHS’ work to advocate for animals.

Learn more about VHS’s programs and advocacy work to see how your purchase at the auction helps animals.

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Support for women and pets fleeing homelessness


Helping Women and Pets in Crisis Please donate to help keep this program operating

Over the past year, the Vancouver Humane Society has been partnering with women’s support agencies across B.C. to break down housing barriers. We need your support to keep this program operating in order to help women and animals like Mariam and Odin.

Mariam and Odin’s story

“It is difficult finding places that allow pets,” says Mariam, a client of the program whose name has been changed for privacy, “especially with non-refundable pet deposits which take away the limited income I have per month.” Mariam’s family is familiar with this struggle; her sister has already given up a cat because she couldn’t afford anywhere that would allow a pet to live with her.

When Mariam’s cat Odin got sick, she spent her rent money to get him medicine in the hospital to prevent him from suffering. “I accepted that I would have to go without some basic needs and put off rent for a couple of months to catch up financially.”
 
Thankfully, the Helping Women and Pets in Crisis program covered part of Odin’s urgent veterinary costs so that Mariam did not need to shoulder the financial burden alone. “That took away the worry about being able to afford the next couple of months, knowing we won’t have to struggle for a while.”

Your donation today will:


– Cover the cost of preventative care, including deworming, de-fleaing and vaccinations, to ensure that frequent changeover within the facility does not lead to zoonotic disease issues.
– Ensure that cats, dogs and small animals experiencing experiencing urgent medical issues will receive the veterinary treatment they need.
– Positively impact the lives of vulnerable women and pets by providing a financial safety net and the care and support they need in order to access safe housing. 

Thank you for your support!

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Max needed surgery

Max recently developed a lump on the back of his neck. When the lump broke open and wouldn’t stop seeping, his owner Margaret rushed him to the vet. Margaret was told that Max would need to be anesthetized so they could remove the lump, and also another lump which they discovered under his chin.

Max has been with his loving owner Margaret since 2013. He has been her shadow ever since.

We are connected like E.T. and Elliott. He means the world to me and my family. He lays on our furniture and spreads his love one hair at a time. My house looks like a snow globe because of his white fur!

Margaret, Max’s owner

A single mom on low income, Margaret knew she wouldn’t be able to afford his costly veterinary procedure.

It breaks our hearts to see him like this. Max has brought a lot of love to our home. He’s been there for all of us in so many ways. We just want his pain to go away.

Thankfully, the McVitie Fund is there to help in these difficult circumstances. The McVitie Fund relies entirely on the generosity of VHS’s supporters. 

Could you make a donation towards our McVitie Fund to help Max? 

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Limited Edition VHS Lager cans from Howe Sound Brewing Company

We are so excited to announce that the Vancouver Humane Society has partnered with Howe Sound Brewing Company for the release of their limited edition VHS Lager!

50c from each six-pack sold, will be donated towards the McVitie fund, which assists pet owners who are experiencing a period of life with low or no income. When their best furr-end gets injured or sick, the McVitie fund provides a safety net so that these super companions can stay in their loving homes.

Read more about some of the animals that VHS is currently helping.

The Vancouver Humane Society Lager will be available at private liquor stores. A list of stores will be added shortly. You must be over the age of 19 to purchase alcohol.

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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 – are donating 10% of restaurant sales on December 1st
  • Down 2 Earth – will be donating a percentage of proceeds from their new holiday beverages, on December 1st, which include: Nog latte, Gingerbread latte, Peppermint Mocha, and a variety of Hot Cocoa’s from Zimt chocolates
  • 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
  • Plant Veda are donating 10% of sales from their subscription box throughout December
  • 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 Supply – have added a virtual donation jar to their website, which will be live for a week, starting December 1st
  • Vegan Yarn Studio – are donating 20% of all sales on December 1st
  • Veronica’s Gourmet Perogies – are donating $1 per every dozen vegan perogies that are sold in store between Dec 1st – 12th
  • 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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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!