Organization Mission Statement
To promote the well-being and safety of animals in Campbell River area through education, recovery of lost pets, and maintenance of community + feral cats including TNR (trap-neuter-return) and liaison with other rescue organizations.
The organization serves the following population
We primarily serve the residents of Campbell River and surrounding area. As a result of requests from locals working with cat welfare and over population, we have expanded to assist with issues from North of the Oyster River to Port Hardy, including some outlying islands. They have limited resources and experience so we collaborate to help when we can. We have established a rapport with various First Nations Band Administrators and residents in the Campbell River area, Cormorant Island and Cortez Island. We facilitate cat population control and improving overall community cat welfare. As well as providing service to animal owners and lovers, we also assist non-owners because we solve problems they had been dealing with caused by cat overpopulation.
The funds donated will be used to
IMPROVE CURRENT FACILITY FOR HOUSING/ASSESSING CATS - We have a central intake site where all cats taken in go initially for assessment. If they are social or deemed able to be re-socialized, they are moved to either our foster homes or SPCA, but may be at the center for a few days. Feral cats brought in for Neuter/Spay (TNR) are held here from time of trapping until after surgery date and recovery. The site is a small temporary cabin on a donated industrial lot and is approx. 12ft x 12ft with light insulation. It does not have running water or a permanent electrical hookup. It accommodates 4 proper permanent cages but often we have had up to 3 additional wire crates stacked in the middle of the room. During hot or cold weather we have been challenged to keep the room at an acceptable temperature for the animal's welfare. We have a couple of options: to relocate to a larger building with full utility hookups or upgrade our current cabin. If we receive the grant from 100 Women it will allow us to proceed with improving our facility so we can handle more animals in a safe and comfortable manner. Our goal is to meet nationally accepted standards for animal husbandry.
The organizations current sources of funding are
- Grassroots fundraising by members (crafts at markets, fundraisers, on-line auctions, raffles)
- BC SPCA grant for a portion of TNR (trapping and neutering) program
- First Nations Bands matching donations for TNR
- Fundraising events initiated by local businesses
- Corporate sponsorship of Low Income Spay/Neuter Program
- Community donations
Visit their website for more information: campbell-river-paws.web.app
This nomination has been reviewed by the 100 Women Who Care committee and meets all criteria.