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Enter Our Annual Raffle to Win!

Buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win a prize for a good cause! The Okanagan Humane Society is hosting it’s annual raffle.

Prizes include:

  • 1,000 cash
  • Limited edition “Chocolate Milk” by Alex Fong
  • Beautiful large handmade quilt
  • $300 gift certificate from Buckerfields
  • Spay or neuter for your pet

Raffle tickets are $5.00 each available at most veterinarian clinics and various retail outlets.

The draw will take place at Oyama Fun Days on June 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Oyama Community Hall, 15710 Oyama Road.

Raffle Ticket Poster



President’s Message: Fall/Winter 2015

Okanagan Humane Society

Dear Members and Friends:

We all know the older you get the faster the time goes by. 2015 seems to be passing by even faster!

We are busy preparing for our major fundraisers. Our calendars are on sale – still only $5 each. Please help us continue our very worthwhile spay/neuter program by attending one or more of our fundraising events. There is something for everyone. We can help you shop for Christmas. A PET PHOTO with Santa makes for a great gift!

Most animal groups are working harder than ever by tackling feral cat colonies. You would be amazed how many of these cats and kittens have been placed in homes. It takes time, energy and compassion. There are few greater pleasures among animal lovers than to gain the trust of a feral cat.

We are continuing our regular program of assisting financially in the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs belonging to people who cannot afford the full cost.

We are failing in getting the message to many people to be responsible pet owners. Not enough pets are being altered in order to stop the pet overpopulation problem.

Much praise and appreciation goes to the veterinarians and their support staff for all their help in enabling us to continue this program. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, businesses and individuals who donate prizes for raffles and silent auctions.

Our thanks and appreciation also go to:

  • Everyone who helped make our Spring Benefit Concert and Silent Auction such a great success.
  • Vernon Book Volunteers Society
  • Hazel’s May Garage Sale which was very successful
  • Nature’s Fare, Central Okanagan Regional District, Jane Pedlow, Susan Wort of Fashion Foundations,
  • Provincial Employees Community Services Fund and Shoreline Construction.
  • Special Thanks to Bosley’s, Buckerfleld’s, PetSmart and Total Pet for allowing us to showcase cats and kittens in their pet stores. We find good homes faster because of this great opportunity.

Our society is most grateful for all the help and kindness so many people provide.

Enjoy as many festivities and activities as you can!



OHS Donation

The Okanagan Humane Society would like to thank the Capri Centre for donating a portion of their dress down funds to us. Your support is greatly appreciated!


2015 OHS Raffle Winners

Okanagan Humane Society

The Okanagan Humane Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 raffle. The draw date was June 7, 2015, 2:00pm at the Oyama Community Hall.

1st Prize: $1,000 cash – donated by OHS Members
Susan McQuiggan

2nd Prize: Framed Print, Grey Owl – donated by Lorna North
Ron Deuickeon

3rd Prize: Large Dog-themed Quilt – donated by Sue Frank
Ray Trudeau

4th Prize: Play Golf Kelowna Pass
Shirley Ann Breen

5th Prize: Gift Certificate for Will – donated by Tom Anderson, Notary Group Kelowna
Melanie Shannon

6th Prize: Spay or Neuter for your Pet
Nancy Ackeral

Thank you again for your ongoing support.

Presidents Message Spring 2015

IN LOVING MEMORY OF CAROLINE SPRONK who passed away recently. She loved animals!

Dear Members and Friends:

Spring is so welcoming even though we experienced a mild winter. It’s wonderful to hear the birds singing, many trees are starting to bloom once again and everything looking fresh, as if for the first time.

Animals have also noticed spring. So many cats are pregnant and some have already given birth. At this time of year we keep wondering where all these kittens will go and will the mother cats who were pushed out of places when they came into heat, find forever homes?

Our society is here to help people who cannot afford the full cost of spaying or neutering their pets. Please don’t let your pets continue having litters, help is available. We are also heavily involved in a huge problem up and down the valley. This problem is feral cats in and out of cat colonies. We knew there was a large number but had no idea just how bad the situation is. Will you help us by assisting in fundraising, fostering, trapping or humane education?

We need more volunteers – selling raffle tickets or attending one or more of our fundraisers.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the generous businesses and hardworking people who support us.

Gloria Helgerson, Karen Merwin, Jan Bigelow and Barbara Butter through the “Dollars for Doers” TELUS


Loretta Marquis for her most generous donations.

Buckerfield’s Photos with Santa.

Shuswap Veterinary Clinic for their Christmas donation from doctors and staff.

Total Pet Fundraiser.

Judy White and Jane Pedlow for their hard work making catnip pet mice.

Shirley Ritchie and friend for putting on a Bridge tournament last January.

Central Valley Veterinary Hospital for photos with Santa, auction and pet nail trims.

Pawsitive Veterinary Care for their raffle.

Nature’s Fare continues to send us cheques for receipts we turn in.

Helena for all the time spent trapping cats under very difficult conditions and finding places where they

can live out their lives in safety.

To the many people who have not been mentioned but put their hearts into helping and saving animals.

One special thanks go to the Veterinarians and their staff who have tirelessly helped the cats and dogs

and our society in so many wonderful ways!



2015 Benefit Concert & Silent Auction

On Saturday, April 25th, come on out to the Habitat for the first annual benefit concert and silent auction in support of the Okanagan Humane Society. From Aaron Gordon’s acoustic stylings to Drifter’s vintage country to Son Howler’s blues-rock – there’s something for everyone.

Join us as we sing and dance the night away in support of this great cause.

The event, sponsored by Namaste Day Spa, aims to bring awareness of the Okanagan Humane Society and the services it provides, while at the same time raising much needed funds for the cause.

Tickets are $20 and are available at Mosaic Books, Leo’s Videos and Ticketfly.

2015 Benefit Concert & Silent Auction Okanagan Humane Society

Kittens at PetSmart in Kelowna Seeking Loving Homes

PetSmart in Kelowna has two litters of kittens that are seeking loving homes. Here are each of their stories:

DMH Black White Kittens Okanagan

These beautiful medium-haired, black and white-nosed kittens were born in Lake Country, BC. They are now 12 weeks old and are waiting to find loving homes. They are very affectionate and won’t leave your side.





three tabbies
These three grey tabby siblings have a ton of energy and are very playful! To learn more about them you can either contact us or visit them at PetSmart in Kelowna.

Photos with Santa at Total Pet in Kelowna

Miss your chance to have your pet get a photo with Santa? Good news, Santa is coming back for another photos with Santa event at Total Pet in Kelowna this weekend and next from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Photos are $5 per pet and all donations will go to the Okanagan Humane Society.

Adoption Event at Total Pet

This Saturday, November 29th, Total Pet in Kelowna will be hosting an adoption event from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

We will be serving hot chocolates and treats by donation. There will also be a draw with many different prizes to be won. Tickets can be purchased by donation.

We hope you drop by and meet some of our cats that are seeking loving homes including this litter of 9 week old kittens.


Presidents Message Fall/Winter 2014

Okanagan Humane Society

Dear Members and Friends:

We do have some good news! Recently a meeting was held at the Kelowna SPCA to tackle the cat crisis. Animal groups, veterinarians, SPCA staff are all working together to try and change this unfortunate giant sized problem. The mindset that cats in particular, have no value must change. More humane education and people with pets taking more responsibility by getting their pets spayed or neutered is essential. There is financial help available in the community.

Please check out our fundraiser and the various events being held to help the Okanagan Humane Society continue our spay and neuter program.

Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers and helpers who make things happen. To veterinarians and their support staff who go out of their way to make this program possible. A HUGE THANK YOU to the businesses and individuals who support us by donations for raffles and silent auctions, we very much appreciate your generosity!

We would like to show appreciation to the following people and businesses:

  • Bosley’s
  • Buckerfields
  • Petsmart
  • Total Pet

for their support in showcasing adoptable pets.

Tri-Lake Animal Hospital for their cupcake day, which raised $92.65.

Central Okanagan Regional District, ICBC, Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, Nature’s Fare, Susan Wort of Fashion Foundations, Return-It-Centre Winfield.

Jan Bigelow and Karen Merwin through “Dollars for Doers” Telus program.
Hazel and helpers at their spring and fall garage sales, and antiques and collectables sale in Vernon, which raised $6891.50.
Taylor, Tyler and River of Oyama raised $55 for the Humane Society with their lemonade, bake and garage sale last spring. Well done!Our society is grateful for everyone’s help and hard work!

Enjoy the festivities of the season,