Grants

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Cetus Research & Conservation Society

Towards the development of a marine mammal conservation and education program

Our mission is to protect the lives of whales living in or transiting through Johnstone & Georgia Straits while at the same time educating the public about their responsibilities while on the water. Through our programs Straitwatch and Robson Bight Wardens, we engage directly with the public, alerting them to their impact on whales and other marine mammals. We also intervene directly, diverting pleasure and fishing boats from, intentionally or not, harassing or endangering whales. Recreational boating along the BC coast is steadily increasing. This has created an almost untenable situation for the region's orcas and other cetaceans. Death and injury by propellers and abandoned fishing gear, endless noise, disruption of travelling pods and sleep lines, and the relentless invasion of their space has created an ever-more precarious existence for these animals, whose abilities to thrive or even exist are already under threat from over-fishing and climate change. In order to ensure these animals' ability to survive and prosper, it is crucial not only to continue our efforts to inform the public and protect the whales directly; we must also shift the paradigm through which we perceive our relationship with and responsibility to wildlife. Our intention is to broaden the spectrum of those responsible for the welfare and protection of whales from a small coterie of "experts" to the broader public as a whole.
$10,000.00
2015

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation

Creating a strategic response to animal welfare issues in British Columbia

This project intends to identify the appropriate role for Paws for Hope Animal Foundation in addressing animal welfare issues in the province to ensure we are providing meaningful engagement and outcomes in the work that we do. Paws for Hope was founded in 2011, and over the past four years we have successfully developed partnerships across the province that have helped us to implement successful programs to support and enhance the lives of companion animals. The animal welfare/rescue system in BC is very fractured, however, and as a result does not necessarily provide an environment to support sustainable solutions to protect and enhance the lives of animals, despite the fact that there are many organizations doing critical life saving work. We would like to situate ourselves to be of the most benefit to ensure a responsive animal welfare system that supports the community as whole, the animal rescue community, and companion animals across the province. We would like to build upon our existing partnerships to ensure we all have a meaningful voice and constructive role in responding to current issues and needs in a fiscally conservative environment. To do this we would undertake a three year process that will identify what is being done throughout the province; what are the gaps; what we are doing well, what we should continue doing and enhance; what we should stop doing, and what new programs we should start.
$10,000.00
2015