Thanks to LAFS programs in the Burns Lake area of central British Columbia, Canada including the development of support networks and the outstanding efforts of local children, schools and other community members, we have seen tremendous positive change in attitudes and behaviour regarding animal welfare.
For a summary of our programs and achievements click here.
OVER 7000 STUDENT VISITS
Making a difference starts with education! We educate students and other community members about animal care, compassion and bite safety. Studies show that children who learn compassion and respect for animals have a better chance at becoming compassionate adults. They are less likely to be violent and more likely to be responsible community members.
OVER 1400 SPAYS AND NEUTERS OF ANIMALS IN OUR COMMUNITY OF 7000 PEOPLE
There are simply too many animals and not enough loving homes! Spaying and neutering is healthier for your pets, your family and community. We work with outstanding groups like the Canadian Animal Assistance Team and the Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic to help lower-income families have their pets spayed and neutered. Our efforts to help community cats (including large scale trap/neuter/return) are featured in our books Nobody’s Cats and At Home Outside.
OVER 350 HOUSES BUILT OR REFURBISHED AND DISTRIBUTED TO ANIMALS IN NEED SINCE 2009
Dogs and cats need a warm house for the winter. Of course we wish that every dog and cat could be snuggled up indoors with their family but this is not always possible. Thanks to the local high school and college, an efficient and effective dog house design (the “Hofer House”) has been used to build over 300 dog and cat houses. Local schools, students of all ages and other community members have been involved in building houses from scratch and from “flat packs”, painting them with cheerful designs and colours, and providing handmade beds from recycled materials! This program is featured in our second book, Out of the Cold
OVER 20 TONS OF DOG AND CAT FOOD DISTRIBUTED TO ANIMALS IN NEED
We want to make sure all members of the family are properly fed. We provide the Lakes District Food Bank with year-round access to pet food. Volunteers collect donated food from sources in the Lower Mainland (which we supplement as required) and we work with transport companies and local businesses to handle and store the food for the food bank.
We do not operate an animal shelter or adoption centre but work with some great groups you can learn about here.