"To close your eyes will not
ease another's pain."
~ Chinese Proverb

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It's time to talk about it...

While those involved in the day-to-day reality of rescue, shelter and foster know the issues facing companion pets in BC all too well, the general public remains largely unaware. When incidents like the recent revelation of 100 sled dogs slaughtered in Whistler focus a revealing spotlight on the individual circumstances, once the immediate public outrage subsides, the status quo tends to creep right back in.

Regular media reports of mind-boggling animal neglect, abuse and cruelty demonstrate just how firmly entrenched public apathy and lack of knowledge are. Do we turn away because we don't care—or, because we don't have enough information to figure out what to do about it.

The need to address this lack of knowledge and eliminate our collective apathy for the plight of companion pets that need our care and compassion is long overdue.

And, let's make no mistake—the first thing to acknowledge is that the primary cause of the suffering of neglected, abandoned and abused companion animals is people.

»» Adoptable animals are being killed in shelters every day
»» Killing a companion animal is not illegal in BC
»» Our animal protection legislation is too weak
»» Remote communities have little to no animal control or care services
»» Pet surrenders account for over 50% of animals in most shelters in BC