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We reached our goal – thanks to you!

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On Sunday, June 26th, Team VHS ran for the animals in the Scotiabank Half-Marathon & 5k. This year marks VHS’s sixth year participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Thanks to our amazing team of runners and all of the generous donors who sponsored our team, an incredible total of $39,100 was raised to support VHS’s work to help animals.

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is the most important fundraiser of the year and it enables us to continue our work to protect animals from exploitation and abuse, whether it’s due to factory farming, captivity or entertainment. The funds also allow us to assist low-income guardians in getting their pet spayed/neutered or in emergency situations. Learn more about our campaign work and how you can get involved!

We couldn’t do this important work without you! From the entire VHS Team, thank you to everyone who participated and sponsored our team in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. A big thank you to West Coast Monograms for the great team t-shirts!

VHS at the Scotiabank Half Marathon and 5K

Vancouver Humane Society at the Scotiabank Half Marathon and 5K!


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Meet the VHS team!




New video gives a behind-the-scenes look at VHS

VHS celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and we’re proud of our history. But we’re focused on the future and working hard to make life better for animals in the years ahead.

Meet the people at VHS who are taking this work forward in this new video:


Help us continue this important work for animals now and into the future by sponsoring Team VHS in the upcoming Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k! On Sunday, June 26th, VHS will be participating for our 6th year in the run. It’s our most important fundraiser of the year and we rely on our supporters to help us make it the most successful. Please help us reach our goal by sponsoring our team. We’re 86% of the way there, with 5 days left!

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Hates running but loves animals


Debra Probert loves animals
VHS executive director Debra Probert, with Nat.

There are two things in this world that I dislike more than any other. Getting up early in the morning, and running.

Somehow I’ve remained suspended in that teenage phase that most people grow out of – being ready and willing to sleep until noon. And as far as exercise, well, I’ve never much liked it. I’m the more introspective, quiet type and have always preferred sitting down with a good book to running a few miles and getting all sweaty and breathless. Not to mention, ruining my hair.

So why, you may ask, am I getting up at 6:00 AM on Sunday, June 28th, 2015 to travel all the way from my home in Surrey to Stanley Park and run (mostly walk!) in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge?

Because I love animals and I can’t bear to see them suffer. I’ll be participating in the event to raise money for and awareness about the most effective animal protection organization I know – the Vancouver Humane Society. (Okay, I’m biased.)

Although awareness of animal issues has never been higher, especially in developed countries, it’s also the case that more animals are subjected to more abuse at the hands of humans today than ever before. Why? Since 1960 most animals reared for food in North America have been raised on cruel factory farms. As the number of animals raised increased, the price for meat, dairy and eggs declined and these products became available to more people than ever before. Consumption of animal products became a symbol of status and wealth and was no longer an occasional luxury. At the same time, animal products were touted as being ideal protein.

Even worse, we have exported factory farming to other, less developed countries, replacing more traditional ways of raising and consuming animals. Demand for animal products goes up as the standard of living rises.  It’s estimated that globally 40 percent of meat was produced on factory farms in 2005.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t condone any raising and slaughtering animals for food.  As far as I’m concerned, ‘humane meat’ is an oxymoron – it just isn’t in an animal’s best interest to have its throat slit so humans can unnecessarily consume its flesh. But I also realize that I can’t talk everyone into becoming vegetarian or vegan tomorrow.

However, there are lots of things everyone can do to mitigate the suffering of animals raised for food. One quick and easy way is to join the global initiative called ‘Meatless Monday’ (MLM). VHS has started a project to help post-secondary and secondary schools feature MLM in their cafeterias. So far, we have three post-secondary and two high schools committed for fall, 2015. And you can join by signing VHS’s Meatless Monday pledge.  Once you’re signed up, you’ll receive a delicious meatless recipe every week!

There’s another way you can help animals:Sponsor me or another member of the VHS Team. Scotiabank covers all the administration costs, so your entire donation goes towards fighting animal abuse. We are their voice! Please help us help animals today!

Thank you for everything you do for animals!!

Debra Probert


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VHS reaches Scotiabank Charity Challenge goal of $25,000!

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Some of the Chicken Runners Team after the race: From left to right: Jennifer Kelly, Miles Linklater, Leanne McConnachie, Debra Probert, Alexandra Cadman, Kaitlyn Anderson, Liberty Mulkani, Anneliese Probert, Odie Probert (asleep).

We did it! We reached (and exceeded!) our goal of $25,000 at the 2013 Scotiabank Charity Challenge!

On Sunday, June 23, 2013, VHS supporters walked or ran in support of the Vancouver Humane Society’s work on behalf of animals.  To date, we have raised $25,626 from 273 sponsors of our team members. That’s amazing!

There is still time to donate (and you can check out how much each of our team members raised) – but hurry, donations must be received by July 8th.

Even though we exceeded our goal, your donation will not only make a difference to an animal that needs help, but it will also improve VHS’s chances of winning an extra $5,000 Scotiabank award for the highest amount raised per runner! We won it last year, thanks to many of you, and we’re hopeful that we’re in the running again (as of now, VHS is in 4th place overall).

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we’re extremely grateful to everyone for such incredible support. Every single donor will receive a personalized thank you from the VHS Board of Directors and staff.

Maybe you can run (or walk) for VHS next year. Watch this space for more updates!

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Support VHS in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge!


Run (or walk) for the animals!!


SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013

VHS is again participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge on June 23. This is our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year! We hope that you will join us, either by running or walking the 5k or half-marathon, or by sponsoring one of our amazing team members. The animals are depending on us. Chickens, needy companion animals, rodeo animals – we speak for them all. Please join us so we can continue to help them.

If you would like to donate to support one of our runners on the Vancouver Humane Society Chicken Runners Team, please click here . Every little bit helps, and at least one of our participants will have their donations doubled by a generous VHS donor! Last year, VHS won a special $5000 award for having the highest amount raised per team member. We’d love to do that again!

If you would like to participate in the 5k or half-marathon, you can click here for the form – there are some helpful directions below (and if you hurry, your registration will be free):

Filling out the form: When you reach the Scotia Charity Challenge section, choose “I would like to create a fundraising account”, then select your favourite charity: “Vancouver Humane Society”

Create a username and account, then go to the Discount Section, and put in code 13HUMANE and your registration will be free.

Once you’ve reached the bottom and clicked “submit” you will see a box with a ‘transfer’ button. That will take you to your personal fundraising page, where you can change your goal, upload your own photos and edit your message.

As well, you can click here to join our Chicken Runners Team. Just look at those happy hens!!

If you click here you’ll see all the charities that are ahead of us. Let’s get VHS into the top 10!!

Thank you for helping us help animals!