Yesterday I woke up to a blue sky and shining sun and was eagerly anticipating the BCSPCA Open House at the Vancouver shelter. After hopping on the Skytrain, Rebecca, John and I found ourselves amongst shiny balloons, flipping pancakes, live music, barking dogs, purring cats and so much more.

Through generosity, the BCSPCA was donated a Smart Car to help raise awareness at various community events!

Both Bully Buddies and HugABull were on hand to educate and advocate for those dogs that normally get a “bum rap.” This little guy is only a year and a half old and a totally affectionate sweetheart, but was severely neglected, so he looks much older than he really is.

Any day that I get to see my good friend Angela is a day that’s a little brighter than others. This woman has, in my opinion, the best job in the world – she’s a Special Provincial Constable with the BCSPCA and is out there tirelessly doing everything she can for neglected, abused and abandoned animals.

Photo: Angela Mead

This sign says it all…

…but with these faces, no words are needed.

Not just cats and dogs were on hand… the SPCA were also caring for chinchillas, rabbits and birds.

My companions for the day, John and Rebecca.

My friend for the long haul, Rebecca and me.

Angela crafted her animal cruelty awareness booth to look like a giant cake, but took the liberty of teasing me into thinking there was actually cake on hand.

She means business.

I was also fortunate enough to meet Karen of the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association – a no-kill, non-profit, organization committed to finding foster care and ultimately forever homes for orphaned kittens. She brought along two one-week-old kittens with her and both were unbelievably sweet!

Needless to say, the open house was a huge success and I’m very happy to tell you that many animals found their forever homes! A lot of essential services provided by the SPCA all around BC have been cut or eliminated lately due to the economic crunch, so I’m excited to register for the Paws For A Cause fundraiser on June 1. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help me help the animals!

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  1. I am so glad some have gotten a new home…one of the cats has the same coloring as Farfel. I wish I wasn’t allergic to cats because I’d have a kitten in a heartbeat. Good luck on the Paws For A Cause…hope you get lots of donations!!

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  3. I think I might participate in Paws For A Cause this year, myself – after this latest incident with George, it has really made me realize how lucky I am that I can care for him as well as I can while there are all kinds of other loving animals who are not nearly as fortunate. I think it’s time to appreciate what I have by giving what little I can back.

    Thank you for the inspiration, Hon :)

  4. Awesomeness, you’re so sweet! – and great pics too, except of course of ME – why do I continue to make the most redunkerous faces? Oh well, looking stupid is worth it for my furry friends, hahaha :)

  5. Great to see that VORKA was on hand too. That’s where we rescued Moses and Lola from. Great organization, great message.

    When I see those faces, I wish that I had the money and land now to have the million and one animals who need someone to adopt & love them.

  6. thanks so much for the info on us..We really are rather desperate for fosters at this time of year.. i am swamped with new moms and their kittens as well as just litters who need smooching and a safe place to be. If anyone reading this is interested please check out our site.
    Was great to meet you.. don’t Charles and Harry look like the casual chum around guys in that last pic??

  7. so guess how guilty I feel about shop vs. adopt?

    We love Penny very much… SOOOOOOOOO much. (and this is coming from only a so-so animal lover). So we don’t regret it at all…

    But seriously these pictures make me want to go and get her a friend.

    I’m just about to look at their website.

    oh no… what am I getting myself into…

  8. Don’t feel guilty Bethany…Charley was ‘shopped’ too and am so glad she’s in our lives. Love her very much. She needed a loving forever home and we gave it to her. The next one will be adopted.

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