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Since our opening on January 01, 2002, numerous improvements have been made at our District of North Vancouver Animal Welfare Shelter facility. Our shelter houses animals in a few different areas. For our feline guests they stay in the "Community Cat Courtyard", where cats can enjoy the outdoors in a secure environment. The "Bunny Run" allows rabbits to leave their condos to play outside in warm weather. In addition to these areas, the Shelter has a "Singles Room" that holds strays pending a search for their owner, and an "Isolation Room" for sick or pregnant animals.
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While Forgotten Felines, RAPS, VOKRA, and a constellation of smaller cat charities evolved in response to the perception that the BC/SPCA was inadequately responding to the needs of feral cats, Ingrid Pollak formed the Vancouver Humane Society in 1984 and Judy Stone founded Animal Advocates of B.C. in 1992 in the belief that the BC/SPCA had come to focus on doing animal control, at the expense of doing the advocacy and public education that was the BC/SPCA’s founding mission.
Headed since 1996 by Deb Probert, who joined in 1989 as a volunteer, the Vancouver Humane Society has focused on advocacy, with recent emphasis on animal agriculture and animal use in entertainment. The Vancouver Humane Society might be described as taking on most of the issues that the hands-on care organizations do not.
Animal Advocates of B.C. has been involved since inception in both neuter/return and dog rescue. In 1998 Animal Advocates initiated a high-profile campaign against keeping dogs chained, seeking passage of anti-chaining bylaws in greater Vancouver suburbs and pressing the BC/SPCA to make more aggressive use of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act against chronic chaining and chaining in bad weather.
As friction between Animal Advocates and the BC/SPCA intensified, Animal Advocates sought to overturn the BC/SPCA leadership. The campaign was endorsed by the Pacific Animal Foundation, founded in November 2000 by Lana Simon of North Vancouver. Already the BC/SPCA had come under sporadic media scrutiny for running frequent deficits–$1.2 million, for example, in 1996.
Several years of explosive controversies ensued, including the August 2001 firing of Vancouver shelter executive director Douglas Hooper, the March 2002 firing of 27-year Victoria shelter executive director Lynn West, conflict with the Canadian Union of Public Employers in 2002-2003, and the 2003 closures of BC/SPCA shelters in Chilliwack and Langley.
Twenty-year Victoria BC/SPCA volunteer Mike Stephen, former BC/SPCA provincial volunteer award winner Heather Pettit of Vernon, and Soroski of VOKRA, then a three-time BC/SPCA humanitarian and volunteer-of-the-year award winner, in 2002 formed an organization called Citizens Yell for Accountability to ask questions about BC/SPCA operations. Their BC/SPCA memberships were cancelled in January 2003.
Threatening to sue Stone and Animal Advocates since 2001, the BC/SPCA finally did sue in August 2004. Stone lost her home after using her equity to fund her defense. Both sides were in November 2009 told to more narrowly focus the case, which appears to have ended inconclusively after Stone’s health failed.
Recent years have featured peace, progress, and perhaps even relative prosperity among the greater Vancouver cat rescuers, but the last feral cats in Vancouver may become tame and be adopted before the prevailing wariness among the organizations warms into mutual trust. District of North Vancouver Animal Welfare Shelter North Vancouver, BC
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