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Small Animal Rescue Society of BC

Rabbit Shelter Insulation project

With this grant, we would like to be able to finally *properly* insulate our rabbit shelter. Our shelter is in the Fraser Valley and as a result, it is often hotter in the summer & cooler in the winter. After having done research on insulation possibilities and insulation companies, we found Greer Spray Foam ( They are proud installers of green insulation systems using WALLTITE®, a 2 lb. density polyurethane spray foam that acts as an air barrier & vapour barrier (therefore will not allow moisture to pass through). They are BBB A-rated company that has experience using this product to insulate Quonset huts. Additionally, they have also offered to work with us to be able to offer a discounted price that would fall within the funding range of the grant.

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.

Society of Semiahmoo Animal League

It's when times are tough that we need our pets the most

SALI is producing a video series that promotes the message, 'It's when times are tough that we need our pets the most.' These videos will share stories of people in our community who have fallen on tough times and who depend on their pets for love, support, and hope. Videos have become an essential component of a complete marketing plan for not-for-profits. We would like to produce a total of 3 videos within a three year period. Each year will target one specific at-risk group that SALI works with. 1st year: Seniors 2nd year: Homeless & Poverty 3rd year: Women & Children Fleeing violence Our project this year is to produce a video highlighting our work with seniors and their companion animals. It will relay the message that pets play an important role in the life of seniors. SALI feels that this message will enhance the message of Animal Rescue groups that promote the humane care of homeless animals.

Pets on the Street Guardianship Project

SALI has identified three isolated groups in Surrey, White Rock, & Langley that rely on their companion animals for unconditional love, emotional safety, physical safety, and have become their reason for living. SALI has determined that because of their isolation, these groups are especially vulnerable to losing their companion animals. Since 2009, we have been providing temporary foster homes for pets, free pet food & supplies, and free spay & neutering. In addition, SALI receives many more calls for help with sick and injured pets. For 3 years we have had to tell people that we cannot help because we do not have the funds. This is heartbreaking work when you have to turn away an animal that is in pain and suffering. We would like to build our services to provide this much needed emergency vet care for pets. We would also like to enhance our services during the next annual 'BC Connect Day' by adding sponsors and a free vet clinic. In order to attract business' and vets to this event we require enhanced marketing tools to promote their support and sponsorships.

Spirit's Mission Rescue Society

Leveraging Volunteer Capacity

Our rescue focuses on the health and welfare of companion animals in remote First Nations and surrounding communities in BC. Currently, we are working with teh Saik'uz FIrst Nation near Vanderhoof, BC. At present, we have removed and re-homed strays and unwanted animals with partnering rescues (Crooked Leg Ranch, West Coast Rottweiler Rescue, VIctoria Humane Society); provided an Animal Wellness Clinic in May 2014 (vet check, vaccinations, parasite control, education for children and the community, dog/cat food, treat, collar, leashes, pet toys, etc); and funded transport and sterilization for dogs and cats at the nearest vet clinics for sterilization. Saik'uz has been highly involved with in-kind and cash contributions however, ongiong fundraising by volunteers is necessary to continue to provide the necessary work to get the animal population manageable and the community educated and self sustainable with respect to their pets. We would like to increase the capacity and size of our volunteer base by training our BOD to encourage, motivate, and attract volunteers.

Summerland Cat Sanctuary Society

Cat Sanctuary Renovation; Project White Room

Cat Sanctuary Renovation; Project White Room Critteraid is presently requiring additional funding to make the shelter easier to maintain and healthier for our cats. Improved ventilation, non-porous flooring, and furniture with easy-to-clean surfaces make up the main portion of the renovation project. They are improvements that represent a relatively low cost for a high benefit, including an environment easier for our volunteers to maintain, which translates to good hygiene and a healthier environment for our cats.

Website Redesign

The redesign and update of our Website is paramount to our operation. It will provide the public with expected up-to-date information about our Society and the animals we care for. It will allow for instant gratification for donors and will promote responsible pet guardianship. The project will also allow for training of two volunteers to maintain the website once the redesign is complete. It will allow for fundraising opportunities that presently are non-existent through PayPal buttons for every animal in our care such as on our CDART website, stories about animals in our care, opportunities for sponsorship of building supplies for projects, volunteer management and tracking including job notices as required in real time. It will allow us to showcase some of our more special needs animals that are actually adoptable (ie: Feline AIDS cats, chemotherapy cats, geriatric dogs) by providing educational material and resources. It will provide a forum for news of wild horses in our care and options available for people with concerns regarding feral cats and feral horses.

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

Retaining Wall and Snow Removal

In 2012 thanks to a grant from the Vancouver Foundation we were able to construct new pens at our largest sanctuary. These new pens were completed August 2012 and currently house over 300 rabbits. When the pens were being built, one in particular needed to be built on a hillside due to space constraints. At the time it was established that 2 retaining walls might be needed, but due to budget the earth was packed, sloped and planted with native brush to create retaining. It is now apparent that retaining is required as with natural erosion and time the pen may be undermined somewhere down the road. _______________ We have also gotten heavy snowloads in the past couple of years. In order for our volunteers to work safely, shoveling of the walkways between rabbit pens is needed quite regularily which is hard, timeconsuming work and takes volunteer time away from the animals. With any remaining monies after retaining is complete we would like to purchase a snowblower to cut down on the time needed and make things safer and quicker for everyone, leaving more time for animal care.

Website and Surgery upgrades

TRACS (The Responsible Animal Care Society) currently has over 800 rabbits in its care. We were able to construct new shelters last year and would now like to enrich their lives in their new homes by adding ramps, sona tubes, and toys to their enclosures. The rabbtis are aging with some of the originals going on 4-5 year old. With this comes higher veterinary costs. We would like to apply for help with the ongoing costs. TRACS relies solely on fundraising. Our website is very old and outdated as well as no longer user friendly. With the world now being techinology driven it is imperative for TRACS to produce a new user friendly website to keep people informed of what we are doing as well as provide an easy avenue for donating

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

Increase the welfare and enrichment for our Education Owl, Eagles and Ospreys

This is a two part proposal: The first part will be to increase the welfare for our one resident Great Horned Owl, Houdini. Houdini was raised by the founder of SORCO and has been a great ambassador to the rehabilitation centre for over 14 years. Houdini's pen at the moment is small and dark, we would like to increase the size into the next pen to allow for a more natural flight pattern. Also natural vegetation will be added and easy to clean surfaces installed to ensure a natural, yet clean environment. This will allow Houdini to have more exercise and an enriched environment will aid in his improved welfare as he is a valuable part of our education and fundraising events for our centre. The second part will be to install two ponds, one in each of our two eagle flight pens. This would aid in the rehabilitation of eagles and ospreys by adding a natural environmental feature. The ponds can also hold live fish that would be used to train the birds in their natural hunting behaviours before their release.

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

Improve Donation Process

We depend almost entirely on the support of donors, purchasers and members for operating funds. We need to be able to respond in an accurate, timely manner to all requests, donations and orders to ensure that our supporters will continue to support us in the future. At present, the process of receiving, processing, and providing the tax receipt, documents and orders necessary for all forms of donor interaction is labor intensive, and inefficient with a single transaction passing through as many as 4 sets of hands before completion. We have progressed from manual tax receipts to using a comprehensive donation software program to record donor information and publish tax receipts but there are still too many steps in the process. Sales orders must still be manually recorded. We now need to: - Purchase 'point-of-sale' equipment and software to reduce receipt of funds and issue of tax/sales receipts to a single transaction. - Add software to our website to enable our visitors to donate on-line and receive their tax receipt by email. - Update website to make it user friendly.

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.

UBC - Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Development of Humane Wildlife Control Accreditation Program

BC is known internationally for its diverse fauna, flora and landscapes; however, human activity can endanger wild animals and their habitat. Often to resolve human-wildlife conflicts, wildlife control is undertaken. This generally involves considerable animal suffering and can cause harmful environmental and non-target impacts. Although much research on control methods exists, this has yet to be translated into evidence-based codes of practice or standard operating procedures in Canada. As a result, there is no accepted set of methods that are regarded as “humane” for both lethal and non-lethal practices. The need for this type of credible standard has been expressed by the BC SPCA, the pest control industry, property owners and management companies, as well as by other Canadian and international animal welfare organizations. The beneficiaries of this project thus include the public, humane and conservation organizations, and the millions of wild animals subject to control practices every year in Canada. The UBC AWP is a leader in promoting welfare within conservation activities, recently hosting the 2015 Compassionate Conservation conference. In 2015, the UBC AWP also began development of evidence-based standards for humane wildlife control and is now seeking funding to test an innovative social enterprise opportunity. The project will continue a strong partnership with the BC SPCA, translating academic knowledge to operational standards and an accreditation program.

Vancouver Humane Society

Building capacity through increased brand awareness and effective fundraising

VHS would like to build our base of supporters and donation revenues. There are a number of initiatives for which we require funding in order to accomplish this goal, including: 1. design and distribute facebook ads to increase our followers and constituent base; 2. design and distribute image macros - photographs that include a statement or caption about an issue - to increase peer sharing of our campaign issues and grow our grass roots supporters (this project also requires training in Adobe Photoshop and purchase of software); 3. launch an e-newletter to distribute via email and mailchimp; 4. subscribe for 1 year to Give2Gether, an online fundraising service recommended by the BCSPCA to help convert onlin followers/constituents into donors (The BCSPCA began using Give2Gether in 2011. By 2013, they saw a 2000% increase in revenues, a 171% increase in average gift size and a 3700% increase in new donors. Other humane societies have also had success); 5. register with MMC Canada for Raisers Edge audit and training courses.

Website CMS and internet fundraising training

This is a capacity-building project, which aims to upgrade employees' skills in web-based environments such as content management systems (CMSs) and internet fundraising. We are seeking funding for courses on the programs Photoshop and Wordpress as well as internet fundraising training which is offered by Canadian experts in the field at Harvey McKinnon Associates (HMA). This will coincide and complement our current website redesign/upgrade, which is currently in progress.

Upgrades to Fundraising Database and Website Content Management Software

VHS is seeking funding in order to upgrade two software programs that are crucual to our program operations. The first program upgrade will update the Windows compatibility and feature enhancements of our fundraising database software. The second upgrade will update the content management software for our Chicken OUT! website to a simpler program that can be used by in-house staff instead of outsourcing to contractors.


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.

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue VOKRA

Application & Website Enhancement Project

VOKRA has a custom application and integrated website. This application manages cat intake, foster home management, cat medical care, and adoptions. We have identified a number of enhancements to support our expanding rescue operation’s processes and procedures - such as foster self-service data entry, automated medical treatment reminders, and better search capabilities for adoption matches. Our website ( , which is integrated with the application, needs an overhaul to provide a “fresh face” for VOKRA. This is part of an ongoing strategy to update our brand identity. We would also like to address some useability issues of our current website structure. We are hoping that these improvements will make our site more attractive, drive up the number of cats adopted, increase donations and help us fulfill our mandate of helping the homeless cats and kittens of the Lower Mainland.

Victoria Humane Society

First Nations Animal Management Clinic Project

To effectively deal with dog overpopulation, an Animal Management Program must be established and implemented to gain control of the issue as well as educate, empower, and challenge the community to incorporate Bylaws and regulations in pet ownership. The VHS will work with three First Nations to provide the following services over a minimum period of three years to eradicate the issue of dog overpopulation: • Wellness exams that will include basic inoculations and deworming as well as other medical services that may be required • Sterilization and micro chip implants for sterilized animals • Workshops regarding animal welfare including the advantages of spaying and neutering new animals in the future • Round up and removal of unwanted or unowned dogs that will be transported to Victoria where they will be fostered and put up for adoption This socially innovative project will influence systemic change by: 1. Addressing the issue of unwanted companion animals by preventing the birth of unwanted litters. 2. Serving as a model for communities of all sizes and geographic areas. 3. Adopting a community directed approach to the issue rather than a hard policy approach that would likely be ineffective. 4. Using outreach and education components to change ongoing behaviour towards companion animals while addressing systemic issues regarding animal overpopulation. 5. Using a collaborative approach bringing together animal rescue agencies, First Nations and veterinarians.

Whistler Animals Galore Society

Volunteer training videos project

This proposal presents an approach and methodology that meets and requirements of the RFP while presenting a program that enhances volunteer experience and will save valuable staff resources for years to come. If successful, this project will include creating training videos for volunteer orientation, which will enhance the quality of volunteer training, reduce pressure on staff training, and hopefully increase volunteer retention by showing the diversity of volunteer roles and opportunities at WAG and giving volunteers a comprehensive understanding of how the shelter operates.

Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia

Developing Financial Sustainability through an Expanded Donor Base

This project will focus on building WRA's development capacity by: - Purchasing a new donor database. Our current database is woefully inadequate for our current and projected needs, especially as we aggressively grow out donor base in the coming years. - Acquiring new donors through direct mail (DM). While DM is not suseful with certain audiences and is expensive, it is effective for acquiring new donors from an older demographic, which our donor base has a significant portion of. We are planning a 5000 piece mail-out to select neighbourhoods in central and north Burnaby and Vancouver. - Hiring a consultant to help build our capacity in undertaking email and website donor prospecting. We have email addresses for most of the people who bring wildlife to the Care Centre. The challenge is how to cost effectively covert these prospects into donors. An email - website prospect campaign is an effective means of acquiring donors, but we require assistance in this relatively new area of fundraising. Developing new publications: planed giving brochure and wildlife 'finders' form.

Website Development

The WRA is planning a complete redevelopment of its website. This project will provide important new features, services and upgrades that will create a better communications tool to engage, inform and inspire the community about our important work for wildlife.