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Animal Shelters With a No Kill Policy in BC, updated list

VARC found this on Craigs List and thought it might be useful to share.
Do you know of any others that are definitely no kill shelters?
Please let us know,


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animal shelters with a no kill policy – updated list (BC)

Please feel free to circulate this and add to the list so we can help more animals !

Dear readers,

Thank you to the 45 of you who responded with more shelters ( and low cost spaying options) to add to the list for birds, cats, small animals and dogs. Please free to circulate the list. If you find out of more low cost or free spaying/neutering, please let me know.

Here some animal shelters and places with a no kill policy in the area. It would be good to see how they run and support them . I guess it’s up to us to lobby for more.

Double check when you call them.

Here they are:

Action for Animals in Distress Society in Burnaby.

The B.C.C.R (BC Chihuahua Rescue)

BCEBS bc exotic bird society

Bunny Homes in Surrey

CARES in Langley

City of Coquitlam Animal Shelter ( spaying/neutering services etc)

Critter Aid — Summerland, BC. (also horses. donkeys and alpacas)

Dog Bless Rescue Partners

Greyhaven Exotic bird sanctuary

Katie’s Plcae in Maple Ridge

Kittimat Community Human Society

Meow-Aid No-Kill Cat Shelter Vancouver, BC

L.A.P.S. Langley animal protection society


( in Victoria, they foster dogs but do not have a shleter)

R.A.P.S. Richmond animal protection society

Royal City Humane Society

T.L.C. shelter Tender loving care in Langley (cats) shelter

Turtle GardensAnimal Rescue

S.A.I.N.T.S. Senior Animals in Need Today Soceity ( also for special needs animals)

Safe Haven in Chilliwack (cats only)

SARAH society in Surrey

Small Animal Rescue (rodents, hedgehogs)

Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy

VOKRA (rescue society – not a shelter)

shelters with LOW COST SPAYING and NEUTERING :

Dogwood Dog Rescue ( they foster animals in homes, no kill organization)

Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders (GVAC)

Humane Society of BC-

Similar FREE

Atlas Animal Clinc owned by Dr. B. Bhullar (Fraser st)

Kamloops Spay & Neuter Clinic

Spay & Neuter Clinic of Langley

LAPS ( listed above) also helps the animals living in the community though their pet food bank and their Trap, Neuter, Release program for free-living cats

British Columbia Rescue Organizations & Shelters
(There is low cost spaying in some of these shelters )

Richmond Animal Protection Society (cats only)

I also know a great vet with low cost neuter/spay: Dr Rana, at Apex Animal Hospital in Langley (64 Ave with 199 St) Aside from cats and dogs, he is also a great vet for rabbits. Excellent service and very affordable.

Please tell me if you know more shelters so I can compile a bigger list for our readers.

I hope this spreads to more postings, cities and places where people want to talk about animals and make it easy for them to have a good life.

I don’t think it’s that difficult for us. helping them is only a couple of buttons away for us but for them, it is a lot more.

thank you



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SPCA Letter defending pet ownership to unfriendly Landlords: 2500 pets surrendered due to lack of pet friendly housing

A Letter from the BC SPCA

To whom it may concern,

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) takes the position that companion animals enrich our lives and contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of communities. Therefore we strongly endorse the concept of pet-friendly housing. When responsible pet guardians are allowed to keep animals, they tend to stay in units longer and take good care of their property. This, along with the increased social interaction between neighbours who are out walking their pets, leads to lower turnover of residents, good relationships between
neighbours and better security in buildings.

The benefits of pet guardianship to human physical and emotional health are well-documented. Companion animals assist children with the development of language skills, empathy, responsibility and self-esteem and studies have also shown that companion animals reduce feelings of loneliness,
anxiety and stress.

Despite the obvious advantages of having a companion animal, many strata councils and landlords have taken steps to either reduce or eliminate pets from residential housing under their jurisdiction. Most strata bylaws include substantially restrictive pet policies — only five per cent of rental housing allow dogs, and nine per cent allow cats.

Of the animals who are surrendered to our shelters, we estimate that more than 2,500 are there because their guardians were unable to find housing that would accommodate them.Some strata bylaws and rental agreements attempt to regulate pets by size, in addition to number. This is in spite of the fact that there is no documented evidence, scientific or otherwise,
to support the notion that larger pets create problems.

When a strata council or landlord restricts pets by weight, it is primarily with the intention to prohibit large dogs from being on the premises, presumably because larger breeds are thought to be louder, more destructive and more poorly behaved than their miniature counterparts. But our experience would indicate this is not true. In fact, larger breed dogs are often quieter and well suited to apartment or townhouse living.

The BC SPCA vehemently opposes blanket “no pets” policies, and encourages strata councils and landlords to instead consider a collaborative process to meet the needs of pet guardians and their neighbours. It is widely agreed that it is not animals who cause problems — it is irresponsible pet guardians.

However, the majority of pet guardians are extremely responsible and willing to take whatever steps are required to keep their animals in rental or strata housing. Having clear guidelines/contracts in place for pet guardians can easily ensure that responsible behaviours are followed and enforced.

Some options include:
~ Placing guidelines on where pets are permitted in shared outdoor/garden space;
~ Agreement that pets will be on leash and/or within the control of their guardian at all times in shared indoor and outdoor space on the property;
~ Agreement that all pet guardians must pick up after their pets on the property;
~ Agreement on noise restrictions during late-night and early-morning hours;
~ Designating individual units or wings as pet-friendly;
~ Ensuring that pet guardians complete a detailed registration form for their pet that includes a photo and description of the animal; proof of vaccinations; proof of municipal licence; proof of spay/neuter; tattoo number; letters of reference on the animal from a trainer, veterinarian, breeder, or rescue organization; contact information for a veterinarian;
and contact information for a person who agrees to care for the pet should the guardian become incapacitated; and
~ Ensuring pet guardians are apprised of local strata bylaws concerning noise, and that they take steps to have their pets properly adjusted and socialized for the sights and sounds of life in a multi-unit complex.
We strongly urge you to consider steps that will promote responsible and humane communities which include both humans and the animals who enrich our lives.

For more information on the BC SPCA, please visit
Lorie Chortyk
General Manager, Community Relations

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Jessie, rescued from Edmonton Reservation Ready for Home

Jessie, who was rescued from an Edmonton reservation, had ten pups – all of whom have been spoken for and seven to whom have already gone to their new homes. Now it’s Jessie’s turn. She will be vaccinated and spayed before we give her up for adoption and we will be asking her adopters to please pay for or at least contribute to the vet costs totaling approximately $400.

We’re guessing Jessie to be coming up for 2 years old. She has been a really great young mother to her ten babies and it was an exhausting experience for her. Now she is starting to relive a puppyhood that she never really had… and acting like a big pup in every way! She is in the right place of course. Pam Cleary, dog trainer, is teaching her the skills needed to become a good family member. However, we think she might be too boisterous for a family with very young children. We’d really like to find a home on Bowen, but if that’s not possible we are willing to consider adopters on the mainland.

Please click here to learn a little more about Jessie and view other photos…

If you are interested in meeting her, or know of anybody who might be looking for a really sweet, energetic, four-legged family member, please contact me. Thx. Iris

PS: See below, great news from Rescue For Life… the group who rescued Jessie in the first place. If you are able to help in any way you either contact Rachel at Rescue For Life or contact me and I’ll pass along.


Big news…we are planning a spay/neuter clinic for First Nation dogs/cats and we need your help!

The clinic will be held at the Crestwood Vet Clinic ( Ed monton , AB ) in the middle of May. The clinic will encompass spaying/neutering approximately fifty (50) First Nation dogs (and maybe some cats too). We will be including a tattoo, revolution treatment, Convenia antibiotic treatment, and vaccinations as part of the clinic. In addition, each dog will be going home with about 20 lbs of food and each family will participate in a small education session covering responsible pet ownership.

We are very excited about this but we are going to need some help – foster homes, adoption homes, volunteers, supplies, and donations! Rescue for Life will be covering the full costs of this clinic – there will be no charge to the families, however, we will seek small donations from each family (as applicable).

Volunteers Required! We need volunteers to help us with the planning and execution of this clinic. Please apply today!

Foster Homes Required! Some of the dogs that will be part of this clinic will not have a home to go back to – we are actively seeking new, reliable, foster homes in advance. We would like to screen all applicants prior to the spay/neuter clinic and have foster homes lined up to receive a foster.

Adoption Homes Required! We currently have dogs up for adoption and for many of the dogs that will be part of the spay/neuter clinic, they will either require Adoption or Foster Homes too! If you are looking for that next forever family member, please contact us today to learn more about our adoptive pets and get pre-sceened today.

Supplies Required! The following is a list of supplies we are requesting: – Wire kennels (36″ and 42″) – Plastic kennels (for puppies, medium size) – Blankets – Paper towel (we always need lots of this) – Raw meat and soup bones (this can be freezer burned, NO PORK please) – we use raw meet to lure shy, abused, dogs to us

Donations Required! For many of you, it is much easier to simply make a cash donation than deliver one of the items listed above. In addition, some of these dogs may require additional surgeries – the standard with many reserve rescues – this will be above and beyond our planned spay/neuter budget.  Donations can be made via the following methods: Rescue for Life, 2 Aspen Glen Drive, PO Box 9043 , Spruce Grove , AB , Canada T7X 4H5 . A cheque donation can be made out to Rescue for Life.

Paypal – We now have the choice of either a one-time donation or a monthly donation choice – please to learn more (right hand side column)!

Canadian Tire Money Donations! Yes! You can donate your Canadian Tire money to Rescue for Life! This will help towards all the different pet products that can be purchased at Canadian Tire including kennels, leashes, puppy pads, paper towel, etc. that we are in desperate need of.

Please contact us today to learn more about what we do in the community and how you can help with this spay/neuter clinic!

Thanks, Rescue for Life,, (780) 702-6151, (780) 222-3969




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