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VHS Newsletter Spring 2016
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SafSaf is safe and sound thanks to VHS supporters


SafSaf was just three months old when she was rescued by her guardian, after being found abandoned and starving in a Walmart parking lot on a cold November day.

A good Samaritan, Ian, scooped up the crying kitten and never looked back. SafSaf must have known that the worst was now behind her, because she spent the entire car ride to her new home purring loudly.

Her next nine years were spent doing everything a cat dreams of – sunbathing, playing, exploring every surface in her home and graciously allowing her guardian to give her belly rubs. Recently, Ian became concerned when he discovered a lump on SafSaf’s abdomen and noticed her drinking excessive amounts of water. The vet determined the lump should be removed and that SafSaf needed a dental cleaning, as her teeth and gums were giving her trouble... Read more...

Meatless Mondays are on the move!


The Meatless Monday movement continues to grow, as more Lower Mainland schools kick off Mondays with the “once a week, cut the meat” message.

To date, VHS has helped two major post-secondary institutions and one secondary school implement Meatless Monday and is currently working with several others to do the same.

With encouragement from the Langara Environmental Club, Langara College and food service provider, Chartwells blazed the trail as the first Lower Mainland school to join Meatless Monday just over one year ago. In that time, the cafeteria has been offering delicious menu options, with the most popular being veg Indian dishes and a butternut squash mac and cheese. Student response has been incredibly positive and the cafeteria has seen sales steadily increase!

Eric Hamber Secondary and food service provider, Canuel Caterers, enthusiastically embraced Meatless Monday... Read more... 
 

Why is the UBC alumni association promoting cruel rodeo events? 


The University of British Columbia’s alumni association, Alumni UBC, is offering a trip to the Calgary Stampede rodeo to its members.

As our supporters know, the Stampede's rodeo includes cruel events like calf-roping (pictured left) and steer-wrestling. The notorious chuckwagon race results in horses dying almost every year.  We don't understand why Alumni BC would promote an activity that is opposed by 63 per cent of Canadians and 66% of BC residents, according to recent polls... Read more...  
 


Walk or run to help animals in the 2016 Scotiabank Charity Challenge!


Once again, VHS will be participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge taking place on June 26, 2016.
You can participate by signing up to run the half-marathon or run or walk the 5k while raising funds for VHS! If you’d like to participate, email Amy at amy@vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca. If you’d like to donate to our team or an individual runner, click here... Read more...
 

You're helping us get the message out


Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, VHS is able to use a variety of methods to promote animal protection. Our bus ad, which ran for several weeks on Vancouver trolley buses this spring, helped us launch our Go Veg campaign

Meanwhile, Vancouverites couldn't help but notice our bus shelter ads calling attention to our efforts to help companion animals.  We're working to get more support for our McVitie Fund for sick and injured animals and the ad campaign has helped highlight the need for this fund.  

We had great feedback from the public, with a number of people saying they were grateful to see VHS publicizing animal welfare issues.  We hope to do more advertising and promotion like this and we appreciate all the support we've had from donors for these ads... Read more...

Your support ensured A&W cage-free victory


Thanks to everyone who helped ensure our efforts to convince A&W restaurants to go cage-free were successful.  After we engaged in discussions with the company, ran an online petition, alerted the media and recruited support from allied animal welfare groups, A&W finally announced it would transition to cage-free housing for laying hens within two years.  Your emails, letters and petition signatures made a difference...  Read more...

 
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VHS would like to thank the Vancouver Foundation for generously supporting the design and production of this newsletter.  The foundation has long recognized VHS’s work on behalf of animals and we are grateful for its continued support.


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