The Communities Foundation Supports The Okanagan Humane Society
When the Kelowna team received news that they were one of the recipients of the 20th Anniversary grants, they were so excited to nominate the Okanagan Humane Society. With wildfires raging through their communities, the Kelowna team knew they wanted to donate their funds to help the animals that had been affected. The Okanagan Humane Society is a 100% volunteer-run and foster home-based rescue. Therefore, they are limited by the number of fosters, volunteers, and funds that allow us to intake and treat hundreds of homeless animals at any given time.
Last week, two of our Kelowna team members were lucky enough to be introduced to a mom cat who was received into care July 20th full-term pregnant, with her sister. They came from an owner who had to move homes but was faced with little choice but to surrender her cats due to the severe shortage of affordable rentals in the Okanagan as a result of COVID and fires raging in the area. None of the places would allow her pets. The unfortunate reality is that many loving pet owners face this crisis in unaffordable centers such as Kelowna. Many have little choice but to surrender their beloved pets to animal charities and shelters, or worse, face abandoning them at the premises they are leaving when shelters are full.
“Thank you so much to Staff and Donors at Western Financial Group for your generous $1,000 donation to our Rescue Program! These funds will go a long way to helping rescued animals such as the mom and kittens pictured that were taken in by OHS volunteers this past summer during the fire evacuations.” Romany Runnalls, President, Okanagan Humane Society.
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The foster home the mom cat went to when OHS first took her in, then needed to be evacuated from Vernon, just 2 days after having her kittens.
Our volunteer, Heather Casorso, took in the mom and kittens in Kelowna. Thankfully she did, as one of the kittens started having seizures at 2 weeks old and would have died had we not had emergency access to our Veterinary partner: Burtch Animal Hospital, who took her in after-hours and got her through the next 72 hours with medication. As her development progressed, the seizures stopped! Miraculously, this little grey kitten is thriving and has been seizure-free for 4 weeks now!
“Thanks to wonderful donations such as this one from Western Financial Group Communities Foundation, we can help these animals in our community while also ensuring we further our mission of spaying and neutering pets.”