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Elsa, a three-year-old rescued pit bull, was presented with the 2013 Animal Hero Award by the non-profit B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at a special ceremony held in Vancouver on the 31st May 2013. Elsa and her pet parent Kelly Dunn are also a Pets and Friends visitation team. In early 2011 Elsa had an embolism when she was only a year old. Over the next year and half Elsa and her pet parents, along with the team at Can West worked very hard to get her moving again. Today, Elsa has relearned how to walk and she continues to make
improvements in her mobility. Throughout her difficulties Elsa remained the happy go lucky dog she always was.
Please note that as of the 1st November 2012, our new address will be:
Pets and Friends,
60 Semisch Avenue,
North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 3H8
Our telephone number remains 604-688-1766
Pets and Friends is grateful for the financial support received from the following organizations. Without their financial help, we would not be able to continue processing and placing volunteers in their communities…
To The Kiwanis Club of Capilano in North Vancouver. We hope to bring on more volunteers and their pets to visit in care facilities in North Vancouver.
We also gratefully acknowledge the financial support received from the North Delta Rotary Club who have helped us place more volunteer visitation teams in care facilities in the Delta area.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the District of West Vancouver through their Community Grant Programs.
Memorial Gifts: Pets and Friends would like to send out a special Thank You to all those volunteers, supporters and animal lovers who have made donations to Pets and Friends in memory of a loved one or beloved pet who has passed away.
When donations are made in memory of one who has passed, a special card and receipt is sent to their loved one letting them know you have made a donation to Pets and Friends in the deceased’s honour.
We really would like to send out a special THANK YOU to all of you who have made donations to Pets and Friends over the years – we really do appreciate it and every cent counts. The money is put to good use helping us to continue to put Volunteer Visiting Pet Teams into hospitals, care facilities and hospices where residents no longer have pets of their own. The value of these weekly visits is immeasurable and it improves the well being of the residents and patients who look forward to these pet visits.
Being a not-for-profit organization, we rely on the generous donations we receive throughout the year.
Please continue to let others know of our organization.
We are now officially on Facebook – check out www.facebook.com/pets.visiting and add your comments.
Are you interested in becoming one of our pet visitation teams? If so, please contact us to arrange for a pet screening, and to sign up for orientation.
PET SCREENINGS DATES FOR 2013
Our next available screening dates and locations are:
Vancouver – Tuesday - 11 Jun 2013, 9 Jul 2013 & 10 Sep 2013
Burnaby – Tuesday - 11 Jun 2013, 9 Jul 2013 & 10 Sep 2013
Delta – Wednesday - 12 Jun 2013, 10 Jul 2013 & 11 Sep 2013
Port Moody – Wednesday - 12 Jun 2013, 10 Jul 2013 & 11 Sep 2013
Pet screenings take about a half hour and are in demand! Please reserve your spot early.
Saturday - 27 July 2013 & 26 October 2013 – from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon
Wednesday - 19 June 2013 & 25 September 2013 - from 6:45 pm until 9:30 pm
We look forward to working with you!
PLEASE NOTE: Many new volunteers want to visit with children. Ronald MacDonald House has cancelled its pet visitation program (Jan. 2008). Canuck Place's visitation program is FULL. However, there are many seniors' facilities, group homes, hospices etc. that are not child focused that need visitation teams. Please consider volunteering at another facility in need.
Because of retirements, Pets and Friends now has several openings for new Board of Director members who are energetic and passionate about pets visiting people. We are a working board with several committees that deal with fund raising, grant writing and event planning and we're looking for people interested in sharing their talents and knowledge in these areas as well as computer data-base knowledge. If you are at all interested and can spare four or five hours a month from your busy schedule to attend meetings, plus volunteer occasionally at special events, please send us an e-mail.
Did you know that people living in long-term care facilities can go months without meaningful social contact? Even with the best care, they may struggle with powerful feelings of loneliness and frustration.
Pets and Friends is working to ensure that people in facility care don’t have to live without the comfort of companionship. Our long-running and highly successful pet visitation program touches thousands of lives each year—but there are still many elderly, sick and disabled residents who need our help.
Your involvement can make a difference: