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« on: December 18, 2009, 02:00:05 PM »

Canada-Vancouver-British Columbia-

Crescendo/Pet Tale
123 ABC Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Toll Free at 1-866-437-1268
Fax  604-608-9186

The Society would like to be play a part in helping to reduce the number of dogs and cats that are abused, abandoned and euthanized and to be involved in working with other organizations achieve the same in any way we can.   

The Society would like to provide pet owners with some form of financial support to off-set the costs of owning and providing a caring home for their pet(s), particularly dogs and cats.

We strongly believe that we can reduce the number of abandoned pets if we can provide both financial and care support to existing and potential pet owners.  More specifically, we want to focus on helping pet owners provide a caring and loving environment for cats and dogs.  We aim to take a proactive approach with the people we want to help.  Our approach will require our pet owner members to give us a chance to place the pets they no longer have the ability to care for with other families that want a pet but cannot afford one. 

Our initial focus will be a web portal,, which provides the opportunity for the Society to launch its financial initiative.  The financial initiative will consist of two components: "a food bank for pets" and "a cash voucher program".  Our primary focus is to set up a food bank for pets. The food bank is designed to help those families who would like to keep their pets but finding it challenging in providing the basic needs for their pets. The food bank acts as a bridge for those families that are experiencing a temporary financial set back until they are able to get back on their feet. Along with the pet food bank, we would create a cash voucher program to help member pet owners to reduce the monthly expenditures for their pets so they can afford to keep their pets rather than having to give them up for adoption or to the SPCA.

Food Bank for Pets   
In order to receive financial assistance through Crescendo, each recipient must agree to sign a non-abandonment agreement and must meet certain qualifications.  Click here for the non-abandonment agreement.

Additional Assistance:  For families that need additional financial assistance please call 604-288-6622 and leave a message. We will need to know your pet's food requirements and your contact numbers. Please speak slowly and clearly so we can record your information.  Depending on inventory - the intent is to have pet food available for pickup on either a bi-weekly or monthly basis.

Proposed Pickup Locations:  1. New Westminster,  2. Richmond,  3. North Vancouver

Food Donation Drop Off:  Donations can be dropped to any of our lower mainland locations or at the following local stores.   Please click here.   Crescendo can also schedule to pick up your generous donations on a monthly basis. Please click here for your local _____ pick up time.

Basic Requirements:  Each recipient must fill out a Pet Food Assistance Application. Please email or fax your application 1 week prior to picking up the pet food. Please bring a valid BC Driver's License or any other government issued identification card at the time of pickup. Please contact us if you have any questions. (Note-application link is not working-contact them for more information.)

Each recipient must also:

agree to sign a non-abandonment agreement;
acknowledge that the pets are for companionship and not for breeding or any illegal activity;
agree to maintain a clean and healthy living environment for their pets. This includes daily clean and fresh water and includes the not confining the dog on a 24/7 basis. Again - regular exercise will ensure you have a healthy dog;
agree to give back to Crescendo/Pet Tale through volunteering;
agree to spray or neuter their pets.
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2009, 02:01:18 PM »

Canada-British Columbia-Vancouver-

Vancouver Sun--Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada--

Charlie's Food Bank: This weekly food bank for pets takes place at Mission Possible, 543 Powell St., every Thursday.[/b] The food is donated and the program is run by volunteers, many of whom are SPCA staff on their day off. About 100 local pet owners are given food for their pets each week.[/b]

BCSPCA Charlie's Food Bank
543 Powell Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1G8
A specially marked van provides pet food for low-income people with pets, 10 am to 12 noon Thursdays.

Free veterinary clinic: The SPCA also runs a monthly free vet clinic at the same location. Local veterinarians and SPCA volunteers donate their time primarily for preventive care (examinations and nail clippings, etc.). Animals requiring more extensive care are referred to the BC SPCA's Vancouver Animal Hospital.

Note: according to Mission Possible, the organization hosting Charlie's Food Bank and the Free Veterinary Clinic, the clinic is also offered every Thursday, beginning at 10 AM.

Mission Possible Weekly schedule link.

Low-income subsidies: Through a special fund, the SPCA Hospital in Vancouver has limited resources available to help low-income pet owners care for their animals. When people donate to the Galem account (named in memory of a dog whose $600 vet bill was paid by a complete stranger), the money is used to help these less fortunate families meet the medical needs of their animals.
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2009, 02:02:28 PM »

Canada-Vancouver, British Columbia-

1205 East 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC  V5T 1R1
Phone: (604) 879-7721
Fax: (604) 879-1498

BCSPCA Vancouver Hospital
1205 East 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC  V5T 1R1
Phone: (604) 879-3571

Hospital Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturdays
Closed Sundays & Stat Holidays.

Hospital phone lines are answered in person Monday through Friday.

List of services provided by the hospital are at the link.

North Cariboo, BC-

Prince George Clinic
1909 Queensway
Prince George, BC  V2L 1M1
Phone: (250) 562-5556
Fax: (250) 562-5557

Spay and neuter only.

Kamloops, BC-

Kamloops Spay and Neuter Clinic
391A Tranquille Road
Kamloops, BC  V2B 4G4
Phone: (250) 376-6055
Fax: (250) 376-6151

Spay and neuter only.
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2009, 07:45:56 PM »


Farley Foundation
420 Bronte St. South, Suite 205
Milton, ON L9T 0H9

A beloved pet needs veterinary care, but the owner can't afford treatment. For many seniors and people with disabilities, this scenario is a sad reality.

That's where the Farley Foundation steps in.

Established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) in 2001, the Farley Foundation (a registered charity) assists seniors and disabled persons on limited incomes with the necessary treatment of their pets. In 2007, the Foundation expanded its criteria to assist the pets of women at risk of abuse (and their children) who are participating in OVMA’s SafePet Program.

The Farley Foundation honors the human-animal bond and seeks to help those who most benefit from pet ownership.

The Farley Foundation is generously administered by OVMA.

Donations from the veterinary community in Ontario, corporate sponsors and pet owners around the world allow the Farley Foundation to help hundreds of people and pets each year.

Pet owners who are concerned about the health of their pets or who are looking for assistance are requested to speak with their regular veterinarian. Pet owners cannot apply directly for Farley Foundation funding. All applications are made by veterinarians on behalf of pet owners.
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2009, 09:20:14 AM »

c/o Angels4Animals
3941 Park Dr Ste 20-135
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone: 916-941-9119
Fax: 916-290-0598

Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.

What categories of pets does Angels4Animals help?
Angels4Animals seeks to help pet owners and the animals they love. Although the bulk of our assistance goes to dogs and cats, the program is open to all pets, such as rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, etc. We focus on animals that face being put to sleep or surrendered by their owners due to the lack of available finances for treatment.

In what regions does Angels4Animals offer services?
Currently our efforts are geared toward assisting animals in the United States. Our event offerings are primarily based in California. On a case by case basis, we will consider helping those in need in Canada.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009, 08:39:31 PM »

Canada-Shelburne County-Nova Scotia-

Beulah Burman's PET Projects
P.O. Box 267
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-2367 (leave message)

Supporting Shelburne County
PET Projects is committed to helping the pets of pet owners facing tough times, and your donations of money, pet food and supplies make that possible! We help people to keep their pets --- and pets to keep their ‘people’! --- by offering the following programs as resources are available:

Emergency vet care subsidy: An unexpected vet bill can be financially impossible for some families, meaning that a sick or injured animal may need to go without treatment, or worse. These situations lead not only to the suffering of an animal, but can devastate a loving pet owner. PET Projects helps as we can by subsidizing vet costs.
Spay/neuter subsidy: When an animal-lover takes in a stray as an act of mercy, sometimes the cost of spaying and neutering can be out of their reach. As funds are available, we allow people to apply for financial help for this vital procedure, and in doing so are helping to control the pet population in Shelburne County.
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010, 04:40:32 PM »

Canada-Ontario-Toronto area-

Companion Animal Wellness Foundation
c/o 21 Elgin Avenue
Toronto, Ontario   M5R 1G5

We are the Companion Animal Wellness Foundation (CAWF), a registered charitable organization that is committed to ensuring a positive outcome for owners and animals in distress.

Our goal is to provide financial assistance that covers the costs of caring for sick and injured animals of financially disadvantaged pet owners. We’re looking to ensure that each and every animal in these circumstances receives the best veterinary treatment available.

CAWF was founded in 2006 by members of the veterinary community, along with a number of concerned pet owners. A professionally recognized association, the Foundation is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Our Mission

CAWF's mission is to assist both pet owners and veterinary practitioners in providing exemplary emergency and specialty care for companion animals by lessening or eliminating the financial burdens of treatment, diagnostic and/or research services.

When it comes to funding, the following highlights provide an overview of the process:

•    When a pet owner brings their animal to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and it is established that the pet owner is in need of financial assistance, the attending veterinarian can apply to CAWF for funding to defray the costs associated with the animal’s emergency or specialty care. (Note that a pet owner must meet specific criteria to qualify for financial assistance.)
•    CAWF will rely upon the attending veterinarian to provide accurate and detailed information about a pet’s medical history and requirements for successful treatment.
•    The attending veterinarian must select the appropriate funding category based on the criteria outlined by CAWF and support the pet owner’s application for assistance.
•    All submitted information will be reviewed by a committee that includes an established veterinarian, program administrators and members of the public.
•    If an application is successful, the associated funds will be applied directly to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic's bill for treatment of an animal.

This is the Veterinary Emergency Clinic:

The Veterinary Emergency Clinic is an emergency and specialty care provider committed to providing service when your primary care veterinarian cannot.

The VEC Toronto provides services from two hospital locations, including one in the heart of downtown Toronto which provides emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.

The Veterinary Emergency Clinic has hospitals at 2 convenient locations. The "South Clinic" is located in the heart of downtown Toronto and offers emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As well specialty services are available by referral. Contact (416) 920-2002.


920 Yonge St. Suite 117
Toronto, ON M4W 3C7
Tel.: (416) 920-2002
Fax: (416) 920-6185

The "North Clinic", situated just north of the 401 on the north side of Sheppard Avenue East, provides after hours emergency service during the week, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 am, and 24 hour coverage during weekends and holidays. Contact (416) 226-3663.


280 Sheppard Ave. East
Toronto, ON M2N 3B1
Tel.: (416)226-3663
Fax: (416)226-3696

The Star-Toronto-April 20, 2010

"Medical expenses, though, require money and the Companion Animals Wellness Foundation helps address that. The registered charity was started in 2006 to help low-income owners cover unforeseen vet costs — it’s run through Toronto’s Veterinary Emergency Clinic.

"Justin Hart is one of those pet owners. His year-old cat, Captain, was accidentally hit at home by a falling box that broke its leg. The 24-year-old, living on disability assistance, had no money for emergency vet treatment.

"His mother found the CAWF online. One phone call to qualify, and Captain’s expenses were covered. “I don’t know what I would have done otherwise,” says Hart, of Toronto."
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2010, 04:20:14 AM »


Animal Services
City of Saskatoon
Main Floor, City Hall
222 3rd Avenue North
Saskatoon, Sask. S7K 0J5
Tel: (306) 975-2400
Fax: (306) 975-7975

Subsidized Spay & Neuter Program 

What is SSNP?

The Subsidized Spay and Neuter Program, or "SSNP" (pronounced "snip") is an initiative of the City of Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Academy of Veterinary Practitioners and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, who have joined forces to address the issue of numerous unwanted cats and dogs in Saskatoon. This issue arises from the unspayed and unneutered cats and dogs living in our community. Significantly discounted veterinary services and financial resources are being provided to assist low income pet owners who could not otherwise afford to have their pets spayed or neutered. This program is reviewed annually.

SSNP application form link

Who is eligible?

Any Saskatoon household whose total household income falls under Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut Offs (LICO).

One person in family - Total Houshold Income $19,094
Two people in family - Total Household Income $23,769
Three people in family - Total Household Income $29,222
Four people in family - Total Household Income 35,480
Five people in family - Total Household Income $40,239
Six people in family - Total Household Income $45,385
Seven people or more in family - Total Household Income $50,529

What is required to demonstrate household income?

Each income earner in the household must provide a copy of their most recent Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada. Before Tax Income (line 150) from each form will be added together to determine the total household income.

What is the fee per pet and who pays the rest?

A non-refundable payment of $25 per cat or $40 per dog is made by the applicant.
The veterinarians engaged to perform the surgeries provide their services at a rate discounted by 25% from that normally charged.
The City funds the balance with proceeds coming from fine revenue for violations of the Animal Control Bylaw and Dangerous Animal Bylaw.
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