compassion

Rocco’s story

Rocco’s owner, Fay, adopted Rocco when he was 2-years-old. On a limited pension from the government, Fay was nervous when Rocco started limping. He needed an ACL surgery, but on her limited funds she was going to have to choose between buying groceries and giving up her best friend. Luckily, Fay found the Vancouver Humane Society and we were able to assist her in

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Ask the BC government to do more to combat the cruel and dangerous wildlife trade

VHS is shifting the focus of our campaigns and communications to include the wildlife and exotic pet trade, which has been implicated in the emergence of COVID-19. The emergence of new zoonotic diseases (diseases that spread from animals to humans) has been ignored for far too long, especially its connection to the international wildlife trade (explained in our recent op-ed). It’s time the international

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Emergency plans must include animals

VHS letter calls for legislation to require local authorities to include animals in emergency plans VHS has submitted a letter to a provincial government consultation on modernizing B.C.’s Emergency Program Act (EPA), calling for the Act to ensure animals are not forgotten in emergency planning. Current legislation does not require local officials to include domestic animals as part of their plans, which we believe

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Challenging captivity

VHS has a long history of opposition to animal captivity. Most recently, we published a report, commissioned from Zoocheck, that drew attention to a number of issues at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. The report found that animals at the zoo were suffering from boredom and frustration caused by the lack of activity and stimulation that comes with captivity. In addition, the report identified animal

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Thank you for helping us help animals in 2019!

It’s been another amazing year here at the Vancouver Humane Society and we have achieved so much for animals this year, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, like you! We wanted to take moment to show you some of the highlights and achievements of our work here at VHS throughout 2019, thanks to your support:   McVitie Fund emergency veterinary help During the

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Are women and young people the best hope for fighting animal cruelty?

    A recent poll of Canadians about a range of animal issues is cause for optimism in the animal protection movement. The poll, by respected polling company Research Co., found that majorities of Canadians are opposed to using animals in rodeos (59%); hunting animals for sport (85%); keeping animals in zoos or aquariums (52%) and killing animals for their fur (75%). These results

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Help us build a kinder community for animals on Giving Tuesday!

The Vancouver Humane Society and The Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary are partnering to raise funds to help animals now and in the future. Every year in Canada, more than 800 million animals are raised on cruel factory farms before they are sent for slaughter. They suffer from confinement and from being denied the chance to live and behave naturally.  Yet science has shown that

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Celebrate Your Big Day with Vancouver Humane!

You can make your birthday extra special by sharing the day with animals in need! Host your own birthday fundraiser online and you can collect donations directly for Vancouver Humane through either Facebook or CanadaHelps.   Sharing your own fundraiser is a great way to get friends and family interested in a cause you hold near and dear to your heart, like the plight

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Groups Call For Habitat Protection For Endangered BC Caribou

Photo: Alexandre Buisse Vancouver Humane joins 21 other animal protection and environmental organizations, along with wildlife biologists, in calling on B.C. Premier John Horgan and federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to protect the province’s endangered caribou herds. The open letter highlights the groups’ concerns over the lack of habitat protection that the dwindling herds desperately need to avoid extinction. Key caribou habitat is being

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Vancouver Climate Strike a sign of hope for all of us – including the animals

On September 27th, approximately 100,000 people took the streets of Vancouver for the global Climate Strike. The Vancouver Humane team joined this inspiring event, which was youth-led and called on governments to take immediate action on climate change. Organizers had anticipated around 15,000 people would join the strike. Instead, it ended up being the city’s largest protest since the Walk for Peace in 1984,

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