• A Pet's Desire

    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. ~ Gandhi

    Read Our 2015 magazine
    “Promoting Respect For All Life
    Through Education”

    We are a non-profit society operated by animal-loving volunteers in Burns Lake, a small rural community in northwest British Columbia. We are working to make sustainable improvements in animal welfare in our community. We have developed successful programs that we hope will be useful examples to other communities just like ours.


    About Us

    Healthy Animals, Families and Communities

    Proper animal care is good for the animals and helps keep families and communities safe and healthy!


    Making a difference starts with education! We educate students and other community members about animal care, compassion and bite safety. Children are the most common dog bite victims. Proper animal care and safety skills help keep kids from getting hurt. Students learn about respect for each other and all living things.

    Spay/Neuter Programs

    There are way too many animals and not enough good homes! Spaying and neutering ('fixing') is healthier for your pets, your family and community. We work with groups like the Canadian Animal Assistance Team and The Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic to help lower-income families have their pets spayed and neutered.

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    Dog Houses

    Dogs and cats need a warm house for the winter. We fix and insulate donated dog houses. Local school groups and the College have also pitched in to build and paint new houses for dogs and cats in need!
    YOU can help the animals and help your community.

    • ADOPT — don't buy a pet.
    • SPAY / NEUTER your pet.
    • FOSTER an animal in need.
    • VOLUNTEER at our events.
    • DONATE to our efforts.


  • Out of the Cold

    Molly the dog is cold and wet on her tight chain in her muddy yard. When she finally breaks her chain and escapes, danger lurks around the corner. Billy and Anna want to help Molly stay safe and warm, but they can’t do it alone. With the help of their classmates and the community, Billy and Anna find a creative way to get Molly “Out of the Cold.”

    Copies are available for $10 and may be ordered from valerie@lakesanimalfriendship.ca. Discounts available for animal welfare organizations. It is also available on Amazon as a Kindle edition: "Click Here". To learn about our first book, “Nobody's Cats.”"Click Here"

    All proceeds will support our programs to help northern dogs and cats: student and community education about animal care, compassion and bite safety; dog / cat houses for animals in need, pet food for animals in need, and spay/neuter services for animals from lower income families.

    “Out of the Cold” is based on the true story of the Lakes Animal Friendship Society’s dog house project. Since 2009, our volunteers have worked with elementary, secondary and college students, as well as other community members to build, or refurbish and distribute over 250 houses to dogs and cats in need. Check the true story here. See the shelter designs under the “Hofer House” Shelter menu link.

    “This beautifully-illustrated book, which is based on a true story, is a winner in every way. There’s no blame, no finger-pointing, and no preaching —Out of the Cold is a slice of reality in a world of harsh economy and cold winters. It’s just frightening enough to keep readers on the edges of their seats but don’t worry, thanks to the good-hearted and creative people in the community, it has a very happy ending.” ~ Judy Johns, M.S., Director, Marketing and Communications The Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education ~

    “Fences For Fido loves this sweet little book that speaks to the heart of friends and communities coming together to help care for the animals who live outside. The energy, compassion and imagination of children, coupled with the support and encouragement of adults, can achieve amazing outcomes, as happens for Molly and Max. You’ll be inspired to create your own magic for cats and dogs who live outside. We believe that this little book will help change lives, far beyond what the authors and illustrator may ever know.” ~ Sue Heublein, Fences For Fido Board Member ~

    “I really like the story! The book covers several key aspects of being a responsible pet owner. I look forward to the time when educated, responsible pet ownership and resources to help all individuals with companion animals are the norm for our society. Humane education is the key to enlightenment and a more peaceful world for all.” ~ Dr. Jeff Young, founder of Planned Pethood Plus and star of “Dr Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet” ~

  • National Feral Cat Day Is October 16th!


    "Click here for more information about this special day."

    In appreciation of this event, we will be offering the Kindle edition of our special book.
    "Nobody's Cats" for FREE on October 16th and 17th.

    You can find the Kindle edition of
    "Nobody's Cats"on Amazon:
    "Click here."

    Even if you don't have a Kindle e-reader, free Kindle reader apps are available for PCs and mobile devices.
    Just Google "Kindle apps" to find the reader for your device.

    What are feral cats and how can we help?
    "Find out here."

    Find our how our community is helping the feral cat population in Burns Lake.
    Go to the "Nobody's Cats" and "Community Cat Information" on this website.

  • Nobody's Cats

    Nobody’s Cats (How One Little Kitty Came in from the Cold)" is based on the true story of a project to help community cats in the small town of Burns Lake in rural northern British Columbia, Canada. Local students helped pick the ending of the story! It also features their amazing community cat artwork.

    Thanks to the assistance of the Province of BC via a Community Gaming Grant, copies of this book have been distributed free of charge to all elementary students in the Lakes District and to many classrooms, and public libraries across Northwestern BC. We have partnered with the BC SPCA to deliver a copy of this book and a teaching guide to all elementary schools in BC, and to BC SPCA Kids’ Club members.


    “How I enjoyed “Nobody’s Cats”! What a wonderful book—it so well done and has an important, educational message for children, as well as adults. I love how empowered the little boy is to care for the cats and make the black kitty his forever friend. In other words, the child is the hero, and that’s key for childrens' books.” ~ Maribeth Boelts, author ‘Before You Were Mine’ ~

    “The past 2 years we’ve followed the exploits of the Lakes Animal Friendship Society in central BC, and what fun that has been! Their most recent project is one that truly touches our hearts – Valerie and Alistair have written a children’s book, “Nobody’s Cats”, basing it on a the true story of a project to help community cats in the small town of Burns Lake in rural northern British Columbia. Two children saw a problem – they reached out for guidance, gained community support, and changed their community for the better. The entire community, children and adults alike, can see daily the positive benefits of their compassionate actions.”~ Nancy Wahl, Executive Director, Community Cat Coalition of Washington ~

    Copies are available for $10 and may be ordered from valerie@lakesanimalfriendship.ca. Discounts available for animal welfare organizations. It is also available on Amazon as a Kindle edition. All proceeds will support our education and spay/neuter programs including TNR programs for community cats.

  • Cat Care Project

    Help Cats in Our Community!

    We are now involved in a new and innovative partnership between the BC SPCA, Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic, and Lakes Animal Friendship Society.

    We are tackling the issue of cat overpopulation in “community cat” colonies around the Burns Lake area. These colonies arise when abandoned, or even owned cats that are not spayed and neutered multiply exponentially. Most of these cats live very short and brutal lives, and our project aims to break the cycle. We hope the project will provide a model for other communities! There is contact information for all three groups in the attached media releases.

    In just over a year, LAFS volunteers have worked with the superheroes at the Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic to help over 400 community cats. Volunteers caught the cats one by one and took them to the veterinary clinic. At the clinic, the vet checked their health, and spayed or neutered the cats. They were vaccinated against diseases as well.

    In 2015, the Lakes Animal Friendship Society will be working with the Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic and the community of Tachet to help community cats there. This project is a partnership with the BC SPCA, through their Community Cat Spay/Neuter grant program.

    Cat Project Info | Alley Cat Allies
    BC SPCA - Adopt a dog or cat - Pet Adoption, Care & Behaviour - Animal Rescue - Advocacy
    Outdoor Cats - Humane Society of the US | Feral and Community Cats

    Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding the project.
    Thank you for your ongoing interest in our activities.

  • News Releases

    Published January 21, 2013

    An original song produced by animal lovers, rescuers and advocates brought together by Lakes Animal Friendship Society in Burns Lake BC, about how to care for companion pets. Images in the video are from a spay/neuter clinic with the Canadian Animal Assistance Team. Create your own video to help to spread the important message of this song.


    Here are More Videos Including CFTK Open Connection Filming

    © 2012 Lakes Animal Friendship Society

    For a free CD please e-mail Valerie Ingram directly at:
    or use the contact form on the “Contact Us” page.

  • Adopt a Furry Friend

    Are you looking for a dog or a cat. Below is a list of reputable shelters where you may find your perfect friend. Please consider adopting an animal from one of the organizations.

    Beware of puppy mills
    ban backyard breeders.
    Click Here For Info


    • Northwest Animal Shelter in Smithers info@nwas.ca or, Website
    • Northern Animal Rescue Alliance in Terrace Website
    • Fort St. James Humane Society (They will even meet you somewhere with the animal, to save you some travel time) Website
    • Prince George SPCA Website and the Prince Rupert SPCA Website
    • Petfinder Website.
    • Search by city or town.
    • Petland in Prince George * Website
    • Burns Lake Veterinarian Clinic for cat adoptions only 250-692-7476
    • Petfinder for Northern BC and Other Areas Website
    • Kitimat Humane Society Website
    • Northern Animal Rescue Alliance Website
    * Petland in Prince George has been good about no longer purchasing animals from breeders and now are helping Fort St. James adopt out their dogs.

  • Dog Bite Safety

    There are an estimated 800,000 Americans seeking medical attention for dog bites each year, with over half of these injuries to children ages 5--9. The problem is not lack of supervision. The problem is no one has taught parents what they should be watching for.


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    Download Posters, Flyers, Ebooks, Handouts and Booklets

  • Animal Shelters for Dogs and Cats

    Local industrial arts teacher Dirk Hofer and the students of Lakes District Secondary School created an excellent dog and cat shelter made from a single sheet of plywood plus some other materials. The College of New Caledonia residential building maintenance program expanded on the concept by creating "ready to assemble" flat packs of dog houses that can be transported where they are needed. Since 2010, over 200 "Hofer Houses" have been built for dogs and cats in need, by groups such as the LDSS industrial arts program, Endeavours program, the CNC residential building maintenance program, Mr. Gooding's class and the students at Babine Elementary Secondary School. Many of these houses were painted by elementary students - particularly Ms. Russell's students. The Hofer House Design has been shared with groups around the world so even more dogs and cats can have a place to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

    You can make your own dog house by downloading the simple step-by-step instructions here:
    DOWNLOAD PLANS (Updated 2017)

    The instructions to assemble the houses from a ‘flat pack’ are HERE

    Check out Lyle Phillips’Dirk Hofer’s YOUTUBE Video about the "Out of the Cold" project where you can meet Dirk Hofer, the industrial arts teacher behind the design used in building over 200 of our dog /cat houses.


    Hayley Nielsen and Alistair Schroff transporting shelters and food.


    Lakes Animal Friendship Society is looking for one or two keen employees to work with us on a short-term basis.

    Our key times are May, June, September and October and there is flexibility on scheduling and duration.

    We are looking for someone to help us with:

    • Student education about animal care, compassion and bite safety (classroom visits) -community education (posters, articles etc.)
    • Spay / neuter programs for animals from lower-income families, as well as community cats.
    • A lot of the work will be in the vicinity of Burns Lake BC, with at least one significant road trip to other communities in Northwest BC.
    • Must have driver’s license. Registered Animal Health Technologist preferred but will consider other applicants.
    • Pay is $15 per hour.

    Transportation expenses covered as well as other expenses for travel outside the Burns Lake area.

    Please contact Valerie Ingram ASAP (lakesidelegacy@yahoo.ca) ASAP if you are interested in this opportunity.

    Interested in Volunteering?


    Alistair Schroff or Valerie Ingram Lakes Animal Friendship Society
    Email: valerie@lakesanimalfriendship.ca
    Website: www.lakesanimalfriendship.ca

    You may also want to use our contact form on our contact page.

    "Member of the Community Coalition for Animal Welfare"

  • Past Events


    Veterinary Crew with Big Hearts Helps Families and Their Faithful Furry Friends

    Northwest BC community animal care event helps a record number of families and animals, with big milestones in Burns Lake. Many thanks to the veterinary team and all the volunteers for this providing their time and dedication to this event!


  • Guess Dusty’s Dog Breeds

    “Hey kids, D-boy here.
    I’m proud to be a mutt!
    Can you guess the 3 main breeds
    in my family tree?


    Most of you have met Dusty, the Lakes Animal Friendship Society classroom dog! Dusty is a real original. That is the great thing about a dog that is a mix of different breeds. They are “one of a kind”! There are only about 200 different dog breeds— there are zillions of kinds of mutts! Mutts also tend to be healthier and live longer than purebred dogs.

    What if you don’t know a dog’s parents, grandparents and so on? How do you know what kind of dog you have? Well, there is something called a DNA test. A scientist uses cells brushed from the inside of the dog’s cheek. They collect DNA from the cheek cells and compare it to the DNA from all the different breeds. Ms. Ingram has had Dusty’s DNA tested! And now you get to guess which three breeds make up most of Dusty’s DNA! You can give your guess to Ms. Ingram or leave it with Lakes District Free Classifieds.

    The person who has the best answer will win a Wisdom Panel 2.0 Breed Identification Kit to test their doggie’s DNA and a small gift basket. We will also do a draw from all entries for another gift basket! Read the newsletter and scroll down the pages for the contest:

  • Teacher Resources

    Teaching kids to have compassion and empathy for their pets is vital for preventing cruelty to animals, as well as raising them to respect and treat those who are different from them with kindness. According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), “Children trained to extend justice, kindness, and mercy to animals become more just, kind, and considerate in their relations to each other.” The following resources have been made available to teachers and parents in encouraging these valuable lessons for children.



  • Contact Us

    Alistair Schroff & Valerie Ingram
    P.O. Box 49
    Southbank, B.C. V0J 2P0
    Telephone: 250.694.3696