Volunteers Needed

The Okanagan Humane Society is seeking volunteers in Kelowna who can spare a few hours a week to take care of cats that are waiting for a loving home.

Duties include:

- Socializing and playing with the cats
- Letting them out the cages to run around
- Scooping litter boxes
- Topping up food and water
- General tidy up and sweeping the floor

The shifts are between 9-10 am, 4-5 pm and 8-9 pm at Petsmart.

For more information please contact December at 250-488-2223.

Golf Tournament & Silent Auction Fundraiser

‘Tis the season for golf! The Okanagan Humane Society, along with its Title Sponsor, Total Pet, is hosting its second fundraiser at the Sunset Ranch Golf Course on June 6, 2014. Funds raised will go to the Okanagan Humane Society to help with their spay/neuter program of low income family pets.

We invite you to join us for a challenging day on the course, followed by a delicious dinner and silent auction featuring prints from local artists, local wine, vacation packages and more.

Great prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole in one.

Treat your golf lover to a round of golf and a great dinner. Entry fees are $150.00 per golfer including the meal. And while you are at it, treat yourself. Meal only tickets are available for $50.00 each.

Have friends who love to golf too! Sign up as a team of four for a great day on the course to help a great cause.

To sign up, complete the entry form and email it to us. Entry Forms are also available at Total Pet.

Shotgun start at 1:00 pm. Registration starts at noon. We hope to see you at this worthy event.

Annual Spring Garage Sale in Vernon

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Come join us at our Spring Garage Sale in Vernon at The Shops at Polson Park, which will be taking place from Friday, April 4 until Saturday, April 19th (except for Sundays).

There will be furniture, glassware, jewellery, dolls, linens, pictures, silverware, ornaments, crafts, clothing, small appliances, pet supplies, antiques and collectables and more!

This is also your chance to purchase a ticket for our annual raffle and to win a door prize.

This event is to help support the care of neglected and abandoned cats and to assist low income families with spaying/neutering of their cat or dog.

For more information you can email us.

President’s Message: Spring 2014

Dear Members and Friends,

Warmer weather at last! Winter seemed longer this time around but compared with other parts of our country we were lucky. It’s kitten season again. There seems to be more older cats roaming around. Two huge male cats have adopted our place and neighbours are also feeding more strays. It seems little has changed.

We are continuing to assist low income, disabled, unemployed and those in need of financial assistance in getting their pets spayed or neutered. It is criminal the number of people who are allowing their pets to produce litter after litter of kittens even though the mother cats are ill. We do need help in stopping this cruel practice.

Please check out our fundraisers and buy a raffle ticket.

We would like to show our appreciation to everyone involved in putting on the following fundraisers:

  • ‘Raise the Woof Comedy Show’ which raised $1,841.45
  • Valley First (Rutland Branch) ‘Jeans Friday’
  • Centre for Arts and Technology (Kelowna)
  • Pawsitive Veterinary Care (Kelowna)
  • Doggytopia Dog Care for ‘Photos with Santa’
  • Shuswap Veterinary Clinic for the Silent Auction at their Christmas party
  • Shirley Ritchie and friends ‘Bridge Tournament’ in Winfield which raised $610.00
  • Hazel and helpers at the ‘Christmas Bazaar’ in Vernon did it again, raising $9,856.00 plus in donations
  • Jan Bigelow and Barbara Butler through ‘Dollars for Doers’ Telus program
  • Jane Pedlow’s pet mice sales
  • Susan Wort of Fashion Foundations
  • Nature’s Fare continues to send us cheques for receipts we turn in
  • Our thanks to Walmart and to numerous people and businesses for their generous support
  • Thank you also to the veterinarians and their support staff who continue to treat us so well. 
Our spay/neuter program depends on generous individuals and businesses. The Okanagan Humane Society would like to send
everyone our thanks for their hard work and great support.

A Happy Spring and a Wonderful Summer to all.

Litter of 9 Kittens Available for Adoption

This group of kittens is actually made up of two litters. One litter of 5 was born to the cat of an elderly lady. The other 4 were feral kittens caught at the age of 3 weeks and put to the mom for nursing.

When they came into our care last month, they were a sick bunch of 5-month-old kittens, suffering from severe upper respiratory disease and ear mites. One of the kittens, the smallest, was so sick she needed to be hospitalized at the vet clinic for several days.

Now, after just over a month of almost round the clock attention and care, they have finally recovered and are almost ready for adoption. They have not yet been spayed or neutered since the veterinarians wish to wait for two weeks to be sure they have completely recovered from the upper respiratory disease and any secondary infection they may have contracted.

In the meantime, they are available for viewing at their foster home and if a kitten is found to be a perfect match for you, you may put a deposit on him/her for it to be held until it is ready to be homed. We would like the kittens to be able to go to its forever home immediately after its spay/neuter since this would cause the least amount of stress. If, however, you should change your mind about adopting a kitten, the deposit will be forfeit.

All of the kittens are very active and playful, with the litter of 5 being very affectionate and outgoing. As would be expected, the litter of 4 feral kittens is still somewhat skittish, but shows every sign of being just as affectionate when they feel comfortable.

The kittens’ individual pictures, descriptions and characteristics can be seen on the adoption page. The donation cost of $150.00 per kitten is to cover the care, medical, spay/neuter and vaccination costs.

If you are interested in viewing the kittens for possible adoption, email us

2014 Golf Tournament & Silent Auction

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Total Pet will be hosting it’s annual Golf Tournament on June 6, 2014 at Sunset Ranch in Kelowna. Funds raised will go to the Okanagan Humane Society.

With Christmas just around the corner this would be the perfect gift for anyone who loves playing golf for a good cause. You can either sign up individually or as a team of 4.

To sign up, complete this Entry form and email it to us.

Christmas Store at the Polson Place Mall in Vernon

It’s that time of year again. The Okanagan Humane Society’s Christmas Store is now open at the Polson Place Mall in Vernon. The store will be open from 10 am to 4 pm from Monday-Saturday until December 24th. We have Christmas decorations, antiques and collectables and of course some yummy baked goods. Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to our volunteers.

Jeans Day Fundraiser

This year the insurance office for Valley First Credit Union in Rutland hosted a weekly jeans day and raised $524 for the Okanagan Humane Society. We are very grateful for their donation and would like to thank the manager, Brett Innis and his staff for their support! During our visit to the office we also brought Duty, a featured pet that is looking for a loving home. He ran around the office and visited everyone. If you would like to adopt Duty, email us!

Holiday Pet Photo Shoot

On Wednesday December 11th get your photo taken with your pet for a very good cause. The Centre For Arts and Technology’s Events and Promotions Management and photography students are hosting a photo shoot to help raise funds for the feral cats, as well as a bake sale from 12-6 pm. There will be baked goodies for both humans and pets!

If you would like to take part in the photo shoot you can book an appointment by email at ddalba@digitalartschool.com or call their main office at 250 860 2787.

President’s Message: Fall & Winter 2013

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Dear Members and Friends: We are about to enter into another season of fundraisers. These fundraisers are so necessary to keep our spay/neuter program going. Please check them out. There is something for everyone.

This year our raffle grossed $8,630.00. After expenses the Society was left with just over $7,000.00. The 2013 calendars netted $4,524.50.

Our very successful spring Garage Sale at Shops at Polson Park in Vernon raised $7,279.50. Our thanks to Hazel who ran the sale and to all of her helpers. Thank you also to the management of Shops at Polson Park for their donation of venue.

The cat and kitten situation is no better than last year. Many of our members tirelessly try to foster, care for and find good homes for these animals. It still appears to be a never ending task. More and more people are dumping, neglecting and not taking responsibility for their pets. If a stray cat appears on your doorstep please try to either care for it or phone for help. Too often people wait until there is a batch of kittens before tackling the situation.

We would like to thank several people and businesses for their continued support:

  • Leslie Aldridge’s Pet Nail Clipping at Healthy Spot in Vernon.
  • Provincial Employees Community Services
  • Jan Bigelow and Karen Merwin through ‘Dollars for Doers’ Telus program.
  • Susan Wort of Fashion Foundations.
  • We are very thankful that PetSmart, Total Pet and Bosley’s let us showcase cats and kittens and help us find them homes. They are thoughtful in so many ways.
  • Please remember to send us Nature’s Fare receipts. They donate 3% of the total receipts we hand in.
  • Our thanks to the veterinarians and their support staff. Without their help we would have no program. A special ‘thank you’ to Shuswap Veterinary Clinic who went out of their way to help us with a most generous donation.

Businesses and individuals who make a better world are in our hearts and deserve so much more recognition than they receive. Thanks to you all.

May the rest of the year be good to you and enjoy the various activities and festivities coming up in the near future.