Helping Sick and Injured Animals

COVID-19 URGENT appeal for funds – we are receiving an influx of calls from vulnerable individuals on low income, who need our help with urgent veterinary care for their companion animals. Please consider making a donation to support our veterinary care assistance program. 

The McVitie Fund

The McVitie Fund is named in memory of a little ginger cat named McVitie, who was rescued in Portugal and brought back to Canada by a VHS supporter. McVitie lived a long and happy life, but when he became ill, his guardian did everything he could to save him. After McVitie passed, his guardian wanted to help other people who find themselves without the resources to help their beloved pets.

Most of the people we help are living on disability income or old age pensions. Their animals already have loving homes – we just help keep them there!

Our McVitie Fund is always stressed to the limit. There are so many animals in need! Your gift will mean we can say YES! to one more pet guardian who finds him or herself down on their luck and lacking funds to pay for emergency veterinary care for their precious friend.

Meet some of the animals we’ve helped thanks to our wonderful supporters!

 MEET TAYLOR                             

Taylor is a senior black lab who has been with her guardian since she was a puppy and means the world to him. The pair have been through a lot together. Taylor’s guardian is on a limited income, which has made finding reliable, pet-friendly accommodation difficult. The pair has struggled to find a home, but Taylor has always been there for her caregiver and he intends to do the same. When Taylor began showing signs of discomfort her guardian was anxious. The vet discovered that Taylor had pyometra (an infection in the uterus) and required surgery to save her life, but her guardian couldn’t afford it. Thankfully, because of VHS donors, Taylor had the surgery and has since made a full recovery.


Late one evening, the VHS phone rang. The caller was distraught- his son’s precious cat, Pooky, was severely ill. She’d been misdiagnosed and the delay meant she needed emergency surgery immediately for a ribbon that was blocking her intestines. Her guardian had already used his rent money for the first diagnosis, and because he was on income assistance, he had no funds to save Pooky’s life – he was in tears. VHS came to the rescue. Pooky had her life-saving surgery and although it was touch and go for the first 24 hours, she finally pulled through. She’s now home with her family, thanks to VHS supporters!


Mae is a three-year-old female Yorkie/Multi-poo rescued from a puppy mill. Judging by her skittish nature, she may have been abused. When she found her forever home, she needed veterinary attention that her new family couldn’t afford, so they called VHS. Mae was spayed and received her vaccinations and a tattoo. At home she’s becoming more confident, learning how to play and bark!  Her guardians describe her as a lovable shadow and are extremely grateful to have her and for the support that VHS was able to provide, because of you!

We’ve helped hundreds of animals like Taylor, Pooky and Mae (and sometimes even their rescuers!) but there are so many more that need us – that’s where the McVitie Fund comes in! 

Your support makes such a difference. Donate now to help an animal in need! Thank you for all the joy your bring and for all the animals you help us keep in their forever loving homes!