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President’s Message

Okanagan Humane Society

Dear Members and Friends,

It’s been a long, rather cold winter but we are finally enjoying Spring and the start of better weather. Unfortunately, we are also having to deal with a larger than ever number of cat colonies. We are still helping people with cats and dogs who cannot afford to pay the full cost of having their pets spayed or neutered but the situation with cats and kittens is out of control.

The Okanagan Cat Coalition has been formed to co-ordinate the efforts of the various animal groups. There are an estimated 15,000 homeless and feral cats in the Okanagan Valley. All Groups are working as hard as they can but we need more help.

If you can assist in any way by trapping, fostering, providing a barn or by selling-raffle tickets to help cover costs, please call me at 250-548-9293. If you can donate gently used items for our Spring Bazaar or attend one or two of our fundraising events it will make a big difference. Every little bit helps.

All Okanagan Humane Society volunteers wish you a pleasant and happy year.

Hazel and her hard working volunteers put together, among many other events, our successful Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction.

All the caring students at Centre for Arts and Technology including VHA students for their various fundraisers.

  • Pawsitive Veterinary Care
  • Lions Club, Vernon Lodge No. 45
  • PetSmart Charities
  • Petline Insurance
  • Veterinary Hospital Assistants
  • Pet Photos with Santa at Bosley’s in Lake Country
  • ACT/UC T Kelowna West Council #1003
  • Canada Helps.org
  • Telus “Dollars for Doers” program
  • Earle Poole
  • Susan Wort of Fashion Foundations
  • Jan Bigelow, Karen Merwin and Barbara Butler
  • All Pet Stores – Buckerfield’s, Bosley’s, PetSmart, Total Pet and many more.

Seeking Foster Homes

The Okanagan Humane Society is seeking foster homes for cats in Vernon, Lake Country and Kelowna areas. The cats vary in age; from adults to some tiny bottle feeders.

If you would like to help, please contact Lorna North at 250-548-3722.

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!

Sincerely,

Louvain

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!

 

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

program.

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!

Sincerely,

Louvain

Video Interview with Volunteer Helena Pol

The Okanagan Humane Society would like to thank Joe and Cindy from JCVdude for interviewing one of our volunteers, Helena at Buckerfields on Saturday.

Helena has been volunteering her time for the society since our organization first started in 1996 by rescuing, providing foster care and finding homes for a large number of cats.

Are you interested in being a volunteer at the Okanagan Humane Society? We are always looking for foster homes for cats in the Okanagan Valley looking for loving homes. For more information please email us.

OHS Thanks Deb Bowman

Okanagan Humane Society

The Okanagan Humane Society would like to thank Deb Bowman for her generous donation of $1000 after recieving 1000 likes to her Instagram page featuring rescued cats. Not to mention we received the donation on Feral Cat day!

We encourage you to visit her Instagram page featuring feral cats http://instagram.com/debbostark

2014 OHS Total Pet Golf Tournament & Silent Auction Fundraiser


Last year the Okanagan Humane Society received over 900 applications for spay/neuter financial assistance from low income families. We were able to help 771 families. As of the end of April of this year we had already received over 300 applications.

Although we have no shelter or staff, we manage to adopt out in excess of 170 kittens and cats every year. These are fostered in our own homes, mostly at our own expense and are the by-product of unaltered pets. More often than not these unaltered pets produce more kittens than homes are available for, therefore they become the basis of new colonies of unwanted and forgotten felines. And the circle continues.

People turn to us when all other avenues have been exhausted. We go way above and beyond to help as many as possible but the line is always longer than our purse strings allow.

We hope to raise enough money with our golf tournament to help 100 low income families spay/neuter their pets. We can not do our work without fundraisers like this one and the fundraisers are not a success without the generous people who donate their money and their time to participate.

Please, help us reach our goal. Enter today for a fun-filled day of Texas Scramble (best ball) golf at Sunset Ranch Golf Course on June 6 at 1:00 pm (registration is at noon) and help us lower the pet overpopulation today.

Golfer fee is $150.00 per person including use of an electric golf cart and the meal. Meal only tickets are available for $50.00 each. Entry forms are also available at all Total Pet Stores.

OHS Thanks Veterinary Clinics

We at the Okanagan Humane Society would like to thank the Shuswap Veterinary Clinic for their generous donation above and beyond the continuing discount on their spay and neuter services. It is through veterinary clinics like their’s that we are able to continue our work assisting low income families with spaying and neutering costs.

We would also like to give recognition to Dr. Moira and her staff who fundraised for several months to spend 9 days in Mexico this January. They brought lots of medical supplies with them and spent the 9 days treating stray dogs for free.

It was both heartbreaking and very rewarding’ said one member of the staff. The clinic’s effort was recognized on CHBC.

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 call 250-548-9293.