Holiday Hounds & Festive Feline Photos at Central Valley Veterinary Hospital

It’s that time of year again to have your pet’s photo taken with Santa for a good cause!

The Central Valley Veterinary Hospital in Kelowna has teamed up with Laurie of Dew Photography to host a Holiday Hounds & Festive Feline event on November 29th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

All you have to do is bring your pet to have their picture taken with Santa or even some elves for a minimum cash donation of $15. All proceeds will go to the Okanagan Humane Society.

There will also be a silent auction so don’t miss out. We hope to see you there this Saturday.

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

Featured Pet: Mitzi (Adopted)

mitzi cat for adoption


DOB – July 5, 2008

Mitzi did come from a home where she was very loved. Unfortunately her people’s situation changed and poor Mitzi has to find a new home. Mitzi’s people are now homeless. They had no idea what to do with their cat so they were moving her around to different people’s places. Some places she had to stay in a closet because the people were allergic to cats, and a few days she spent living in a car.

The last resort was to let her go on the streets if they could not find a place for her.

Unfortunately she has had a tendonectomy so she would not do well defending herself on the street. This is not widely practiced by many Vets.

Mitzi has always been an indoor cat and must go to an indoor only home. Mitzi is very friendly and gets along very well with other cats and small dogs. She has never been around a big dog.

If you want to meet Mitzi, you can visit her at Total Pet in Kelowna.

DSH Calico – Spayed/3 way vaccination/Rabies/Dewormed

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.

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

Okanagan Humane Society

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.