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British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Improving the Welfare of Cats in BC SPCA Shelters

The BC SPCA operates on evidence-based programs that apply the outcomes of scientific research to improving the welfare of animals throughout BC. In our continued effort to maintain the highest levels of welfare possible, we will be converting ouo current cat cages into larger enclosures at 33 of our shelters. The latest animal welfare research by Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of Shelter Medicine at University of California Davis (UC Davis) and the North America leader in cat research, states that cats must have a minimum of 11 square feet per cage for optimum welfare. Current BC SPCA cages average only 5.5 feet. To improve this situation, we will be combining our current cages using cost effective method development by UC Davis. By installing a circular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) portal, two cages can be joined, transforming a single stainless steel cage into double compartment cage units that a cat can easily travel between.

Circle F Horse Rescue Society

Rain Water Retention

To install a rain water retention system at the house and barn to assure quality water is available at all times.

Critter Care Wildlife Society

Building Enclosures for the Smaller Animals

Critter Care Wildlife Society rehabilitates all our native mammals from squirrels to black bear cubs our focus over the last five years was to get enclosures in tip top shape for the bigger animals. Our squirrel cages are badly in need of being rebuilt. They are very old and each year we are continually having to repair them. The enclosures for the squirrels need to be built on a much larger scale as it is hard for the flying squirrels to get proper exercise before being released. We need to be able to add natural foliage like branches, stumps etc. so they are prepared when released. For the other small animals we need to just rebuild new ones as the old are rotten. We would like to build 4 - 8ft' long (hutch type enclosures for some of the small animals) 3 - 8'X12' squirell enclosures. They would be erected on cement slabs.

Fraser Valley Humane Society

Isolation Unit Upgrade

The shelter has an isolation unit where new cats and kittens to the shelter stay before being allowed into the main population. This is to make sure they are not carrying communicable disease. The isolation unit is also used to initially separate new born kittens for the main population. This upgrade will allow for some flexibility in how we house some of the animals and will ensure the space can be cleaned thoroughly to protect at risk animals.

Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Sanctuary Improvements

A project to improve the sanctuary environment to maintain and improve the health and welfare of rescued birds awaiting adoption.

Howe Sound Women's Centre Society

Dog Run/ Fenced in Area at Transition House

We are looking for funding to build a dog run area that will allow women who are staying at the Transition House to bring their dogs to a safe place and not be left in the hands of an abusive partner. Currently, due to health issues such as allergies and the presence of children at the Transition House, dogs can only stay for a short visit (usually overnight) before we must find alternate arrangements for them.

Ksan House Society

Ksan Pets Program

In November 2009, Ksan House Society convened a planning group with the short term goal of developing a program that will assist pets of any victims of domestic violence in difficult times, including when staying at the shelter. Ksan House Society identified and invited some valued community members including animal rescue groups who are bringing expertise, compassion and energy to the initial planning process. This group, Ksan Pets Program, has determined there is a need for an onsite dog and cat kennel. We have worked out agreements with local organizations to provide pets with shelter as a short term solution, and are currently raising funds for the onsite kennel.

Newbark Canine Rescue Rehoming Society

Intake Barn Project

This project involves the physical improvement of a private in-kind donation of a 1900-square-foot barn and surrounding 0.22 acres for intake, proper evaluation and temporary housing of rescued dogs. The barn is currently not setup to house animals and was used previously as a mechanic work shop. There are two areas inside; one is a concrete foundation perfect for sleeping and feeding kennels, while the other area is dirt floor, perfect for indoor social evaluation. There is natural light throughout the barn. The outdoor area is grassy with a lovely old maple tree to provide shade in the summer and other foliage, making it ideal for year-round use, but it needs proper fencing and/or dog runs installed. The completed Intake Barn Project will benefit hundreds of dogs over the years, as this will be the first place rescued dogs come for evaluation before going to the right foster or adoptive home. Currently there is no intake area for rescued dogs and the foster homes must bear the burden of taking in an unknown dog, which sometimes results in accidents and/or dogs being moved around, which is stressful for everyone involved. The completed Intake Barn Project would allow Newbark to increase and improve our ability to care for rescued dogs on Vancouver Island, BC.

North Island Wildlife Recovery Association

Food Preparation Room/ Walk-on Platform Scale/ X-ray Bird Restrainers/ Education Room

To refurbish an existing building for the purpose of making a Food Preparation Room for the animals in our care at the centre. Walk on platform Scale for the wildlife like dear and bear. Bird Restrainer for birds (NIWRA has a digital x-ray machine and the restraint would compliment this process) Linoleum for Eco Centre Educational Room

Northern Lights Wildlife Society

Ungulate Facility Expansion Project

NLWS has been rehabilitating ungulates since 1990 and has successfully rehabilitated over 50 moose calves and 75 deer fawns. As knowledge of the shelter grown, yearly admittance numbers are rising steadily and the existing facility is no longer able to house the number of animals admitted. As a result, an expansion of the current facility is of great importance to ensure that we can accept all of the animals in need. We are proposing to fence an 8500 square foot area which would double out enrollment possibilities for the ungulates into our program.

Ocean Wise Conservation Association

The Marine Mammal Rescue Pool Platform & Stairs Project (MMR Pool Platform & Stairs Project)

The Vancouver Awaurium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre consists of indoor and outdoor spaces, all designed for efficient and effective marine mammal care. Staffed with medical and well trained animal care experts the MMR utilizes the full potential of its current location on the Port Metro Vancouver lands. The indoor space includes food preparation areas, a laboratory and pharmacy, an examination room, anesthetic machine and recovery areas for debilitated animals. The outdoor facilities consist of a variety of holding pools and tubs. These are of varying sizes and designs, to suit different sizes and kinds of marine mammals. The site is organized so that new arrivals, and/or sick animals are separated from any healthy marine mammals. This reinforces the principles of quarantine that are so important in wildlife rehabilitation. About 100 marine animals are admitted to the MMR Centre every year. Some may be in peril due to habitat destruction and environmental damage, others are suffering from injury due to boat strikes or entanglement in marine debris and many of the young ones have been separated from their mothers (eg by the presence of people on the beach). Threatened and at-risk species are among those animals that have been rescued and rehabilitated at the Centre. When the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in 1989, spilling crude oil into the waters of Prince WIlliam Sound and threatening a huge number of animals, the Vancouver Aquarium immediately sent representatives from its Marine Mammal Rescue team to help. A few of the rescued animals deemed unreleasable into the wild and in need of long-term care were fortunate to find homes in aquariums. That is how Nyac, then just a small sea otter pup, came to the Vancouver Aquarium. This much loved animal served as an ambassador for her species for nearly 20 years, helping to teach children and their families about the importance of preserving aquatic life. More recently, a two-month old harbour porpoise, named Jack, that was stranded in Horseshoe Bay, BC, was rescued and brought to the MMR Centre on September 16, 2011. He is one of a species considered of "special concern" and is being monitored 24 hours a day. When the MMR Centre team arrived in Horseshoe Bay, the 12-kilogram stranded harbour porpoise had difficulty breathing and could no longer swim. His muscles and skin were severely damaged by the pressure of being stranded on the beach. He was immediately transferred to the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre for treatment. It is stories like Nyac, Jack and the recently released and rehabilitated California sea lion, Flash, that provide valuable lessons learned from having a larger animal in care at MMR and that are influencing our plans for 2011 and beyond. (Click on the link to view a summary of the rescue, rehabilitation and subsequent release of Flash) The MMR Pool Platform & Stairs Project is a priority for the Vancouver Aquarium and the MMR, not only for the comfort and safety of the marine mammals but also for the comfort and safety of our staff and volunteers who are currently using the burdensome manner of climbing a step ladder to care for and feed the marine mammal in the larger Saltwater Rehabilitation Tank. The MMR Pool Platform and Stairs Project are the construction of a stable platform and set of stairs around our largest Saltwater Rehabilitation Tank which was paid for through donations by our Board of Directors. At 30 ft in diameter and 10 ft in depth this tank is a critical component of the MMR as it allows larger marine mammals to have enough space to move and swim more freely, giving the injured wild marine mammal time to rehabilitate, heal and reduce the amount stress while being cared for. Currently MMR staff and volunteers have difficulty attending to the marine mammals because of limited access to the tank other than through the use of step ladders.

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society

Advanced Kennel Rehabilitation

PADS Dogs from the ages of approximately 14 months to 24 months live at our facility where they are trained by our professional staff for specialized tasks related to their ultimate placement with clients. At this time, the kennels and training area are in serious need of repair and restoration. Mould has been discovered and all of the drywall will have to be removed and replaced. In addition the dogs have chewed areas of the kennels and our veterinarian has indicated that the deterioration may pose a significant health concern to the dogs. We need to undertake this project immediately and have asked for quotes from 3 contractors whose estimates off the top of their heads was $20,000 - $30,000. We are awaiting their written estimates and can provide them shortly for more specific details. (for the purpose of this application we have used a median $25,000 as total estimated costs but will send the actual estimate as quickly as it is made available to us.)

Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities

GROMPP: Get Rid of Muddy Paddocks and Pathways!

The GROMPP Project would consist of improving the drainage in the south end of the paddocks where water accumulates, and the horses stand while eating. This is also the location where they are brought into and out of their paddocks for their classes. The project would also involve removing some of the mud and existing old hog fuel and wood chips from the pathways around the paddocks that have turned into a muddy commute from paddock to barn, and back again. Once the old footing is removed, proper drainage and better surfacing could be laid down to prevent this problem from recurring. Drainage tiles, perforated pipe, drainage rock, mesh and crusher fines is likely the best solution to this problem, and will result in the most satisfactory outcome for the horses.

Rest.Q Animal Sanctuary Society

Rest.Q Safe House - Galiano Island, B.C.

Rest.q would like to construct 2 small buildings (10'X10' each) totally dedicated to caring for unique animal situations. Animals who are awaiting transport to the vet, animals at the end of life needing peace and quiet, animals needing medical attention or any other special needs situation that would find comfort and quiet in the Safe House. The houses would contain kennels, sleeping cots, running water, heat, light, and whatever is needed to provide a clean, safe environment.

35 x 45 sq ft Fenced Enclosure for Rest.Q Safe House on Galiano Island

Phase 1 of our infrastructure development plan is currently underway as we begin to construct 2 small buildings called Safe Houses for the animals in need on Galiano Island. To adequately meet the holistic needs of animals to be housed in the Safe Houses, Phase 2 of the development plan involves creating an enclosed outdoor area attached to each Safe House (total 35x45sq ft). This enclosure will offer animals the opportunity to exercise and explore nature while they are with us at the sanctuary. Some will be unable to go outside due to their medical needs. However there will be others who are in transition and would benefit from freedom to be indoors and/or outdoors. The additional space with an outdoor enclosure will provide animals with an opportunity to retreat and relax while maintaining their safety. The completely enclosed outdoor area AND the Safe Houses will enable us to more adequately meet animal needs. We hope that you can help us to help those who cannot speak and have such great needs.

Senior Animals in Need Today Society

Chicken/Duck/Turkey Enclosure

SAINTS is a unique environment. Rather than the traditional stainless steel kennels and cement floors of a shelter, the sanctuary is based out of the founder’s home. SAINTS is located on a three acre property on the outskirts of Mission, surrounded by agricultural land. Over the years, its rooms have been renovated to meet the needs of the animals, as have the outlying buildings and barn. Being a charity, however, SAINTS is typically able to take on only one project at a time. Since it was started in 2004, a good deal of progress has been made. Enclosures have been built to allow the cats protected outdoor access; an isolation room and an office have been added; and a room with a large outdoor run has been created to separate the cats with feline leukemia. More recently, the outdoor shelters near the barn have been modified to provide refuge for several farm animals seized in a BC SPCA cruelty investigation. Now, the most pressing need for SAINTS is updated housing for its chickens, ducks, and elderly, blind turkey. The new enclosure will give the birds indoor and outdoor access, while providing protection from the elements and security from predators. The new enclosure will also allow birds with special needs to be separated from the main flock as needed.

Small Animal Rescue Society of BC

Wooden Building Renovation

Currently we rent a small paddock area at Country Feeds in Aldergrove, BC. On this site we have a Quonset which houses up to 100 rabbits living communally as well as a smaller wooden building that was used to house our rabbits. The Quonset, wooden building and garden shed on the rented paddock have all been purchased (2010) & paid for by SARS BC. It is this wooden building that we would like to renovate and develop into an education centre so that we can host a variety of community groups (schools, brownies, guides and the public), hold educational workshops, be a place to learn about the care & husbandry of small animals as well as a place to do our adoption counseling and paper work.

Summerland Cat Sanctuary Society

i) Critteraid Farm Environmental Improvements ii) CDART Project CrocTalk Bunny Sanctuary iii) Summerland Cat Sanctuary / Feral Kitten Program Isolation Cages

i) Critteraid Farm Environmental Improvements To give you some history, in 2007/2008, Critteraid volunteers developed an initiative called Project Equus addressing the wild horses of British Columbia. We submitted this Proposal to the Penticton Indian Band and to known owners/guardians of the free-roaming horses, as a vision of what can be achieved cooperatively by individuals, bands, non-profit groups/registered charities, service clubs, politicians, entrepreneurs, and more. With the objective of this project being to humanely and safely decrease and control the population of the free-roaming horses, responsible range management practices would follow. The document was intended to provide long-term solutions to managing the free-roaming horse problem. Areas of concern that are addressed in this document cover: A. PUBLIC SAFETY B. SOUND EQUINE HEALTH C. GOOD RANGE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES D. COMPASSIONATE EQUINE TRAINING E. SECURE FUTURE FOR HORSES F. VIABLE TOURISM ENTREPRENEURSHIP On Friday February 18, 2011 the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Natural Resource Operations announced that a mare and a stallion seized from rangeland near Deadman Lake will be turned over to the Summerland-based rescue organization Critteraid. Minister Thomson used his parliamentary privilege to do this and sent a further 4 horses to Critteraid and prevented another 6 horses from going to slaughter where the previous impounded horses all ended up. Unfortunately, our dealings with the individual horse owners on the Penticton Indian Reserve had not developed as we had hoped and one owner alone had shipped over 50 horses for slaughter. It is considered a normal practice. It is our intent to show the magnificence of these incredible animals as a viable tourism endeavour that would attract people from all over the world. The wild horses of British Columbia are truly a resource worthy of note. We have met with one member of the Penticton Indian Band and arranged and paid for her training in Colorado for administering the PZP birth control vaccine. We have raised funds for the dart rifle and secured same. Since that time, we have just learned of a Canadian vaccine that is more efficient, less handling of the horses thus less intrusive and as effective, if not more effective. Three of the mares brought in to Critteraid were pregnant and they have all since foaled. We presently have 5 of the wild horses at Critteraid Farm, one continues training and three have been adopted. In order to continue to provide this care for additional horses at Critteraid Farm, we need to comply more sooner than later with the Environmental Farm Assessment protocols. When our study was undertaken, we learned that we would have to remove two of the paddocks/pastures and we have made the decision to leave them empty rather than to destroy them. We will continue to do the basic maintenance that would be required in order to accommodate any animals during disasters or emergencies as Critteraid Farm is set up to be an animal intake facility during a declared local state of emergency. Therefore, two more pastures/paddocks with loafing sheds need to be built in order to accommodate the existing population. ii) CDART PROJECT CROCTALK BUNNY SANCTUARY In 2010, our emergency animal rescue division CDART (Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team) volunteers attended a crocodilian facility in East Kelowna where they were asked to take guinea pigs and rabbits that were provided as food for the crocodilians. After a lot of thought and planning, the volunteers agreed to be responsible for these animals and removed them from the facility. All were spayed and neutered and out of the 49 guinea pigs, we only have 17 remaining due to good adoptions. A decision was made to keep the large breed bunnies together as they were a bonded group and did not make good pets due to their size (spinal injuries are often caused from people mishandling them). We were able to make a temporary structure to house the bunnies but this past winter we experienced severe flooding and foundation damage and we are seeking funds for a new efficient, secure and comfortable structure. iii) SUMMERLAND CAT SANCTUARY / FERAL KITTEN PROGRAM In 2011, we received funding for one stainless steel unit consisting of three cages. This has proved to be invaluable to us. We are seeking two additional units: one for the Summerland Cat Sanctuary and one for our Feral Kitten Program.

The Responsible Animal Care Society

Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary

In 2008 a shelter to house rescued rabbits was hastily constructed in East Kelowna, on land donated by a wonderful woman who cares deeply about animals. This housed the initial rescue of 45 bunnies. The rescue effort has continued. This shelter has grown and now houses about 380 neutered and spayed rabbits in various pens. The hastily built pens, of an emergency nature, have deteriorated, and now offer only marginal protection to our rescued friends. The flat roof has developed leaks. There can be an accumulation of snow in the winter, due to the Kelowna climate, and it is dangerous for our volunteers to climb onto the roof to clear the snow. The under-wired floor mesh is rusting in places and holes have now been created by the rabbits. We are forever doing patch-work throughout the present building. Completion of the replacement shelters will provide our rescued rabbits with a safe and weatherproof living space.

The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls

Rehabilitation Clinic

Build a structure that would serve as a medical treatment clinic for birds. This facility would incorporate: -Bird reception area -Examination room -Medical treatment area -Intensive care recovery area -Storage room for food & supplies -Interpretive room for training and engaging interested groups (i.e. schools) -Are for volunteer lockers

Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society

Barn #1 Enhancement Project

To add a covered overhang roof to Barn #1 which will provide a weather protected area for the resident donkeys and enhance their opportunity for increased comfort during inclement weather.

Vancouver Humane Society


Initiated in 2002, the goal of Chicken OUT! is to improve the quality of life for the millions of egg-laying hens that are raised in small wire (battery) cages in BC and Canada. We produce, gather and share research on the cruelty involved in raising hens in battery cages to educate the public about alternative cage-free production systems that offer higher welfare and thus improved life quality for hens. We believe that if people understand the issues, they will make choices that favour the purchase of more humane cage-free eggs. In addition to encouraging individual consumers, Chicken OUT! works with universities, municipalities and food businesses to adopt cage-free egg purchasing policies for campus and city-run food service facilities, restaurants and grocery stores. This growing public interest in cage-free eggs will in turn encourage more egg producers to transition to cage-free production methods, and thus reduce the suffering of egg-laying hens.