$100,000 donation kickstarts humane society campaign

Victoria Humane Society closed to acquiring East Sooke site

  • Mar. 19, 2014 5:00 p.m.

A generous contribution of $100,000 dollars from an anonymous Vancouver Island donor, in honour of her late beloved dog Murdoch, is adding momentum to the Victoria Humane Society’s fundraising campaign.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Penny Stone, the Victoria Humane Society began operations in November 2013 and announced its fundraising campaign in February 2014.

“Donors are the heart and soul of the Victoria Humane Society,” said Stone. “We are able to do this work because of the support of caring, community-minded people such as this donor, and the others who have contributed to date.”

The society is working to raise $1 million dollars to help secure a 4.5 acre kennel-zoned site in East Sooke. A crowd-funding campaign on YouCaring.com has raised an additional $46,000 to date. As well, people are donating through the society’s Facebook page and through its website, www.victoriahumanesociety.com .

Funds raised will go toward securing the shelter property, to assist with essential site improvement and for animal rescue operations going forward.

In its first four months of operation, the Victoria Humane Society rescued more than 130 dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, and rabbits, and has paid more than $50,000 for the animals’ medical care, including spaying and neutering. About 80 per cent of these animals have been adopted out, and the remainder are in caring foster homes.

“We are so appreciative of the confidence these donors are placing in our organization, and for their determination in helping us meet our goals,” Stone said. “The health and happiness of the animals we care for are in our hands and together we can give them the bright and happy futures they deserve.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria transit usage sees gradual rise

Ridership still down 66 per cent compared to last year

Rock painting gains popularity on Vancouver Island

Facebook groups formed for people to share ideas, gift painted rocks

VIDEO: View Royal resident spots cougar in nearby backyard

B.C. Conservation notified about early Thursday morning sighting

Greater Victoria tourism industry ‘can’t wait any longer’ for financial aid

Saanich mayor, business owners call on provincial, federal governments for tourism-specific aid

COVID-19 demolishes new construction in Greater Victoria

Value of new building permits in Greater Victoria drop more than 37 per cent

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Seniors to receive up to $500 in promised COVID-19 emergency aid in early July

The Liberal government first promised the extra help in mid-May, but had to create a new system to deliver the aid

VIDEO: Revelstoke bear wanders into Animal House pet store

Staff got ready to chase it out with a broom

Man found dead in his tent at Island homeless camp

Facebook posts tell of personal struggles and attempts to stay clean and sober

New study is first full list of species that only exist in Canada

Almost 40 per cent of them are critically imperilled or imperilled and eight are already extinct

Federal aid for care home systems needed ahead of second wave, advocates say

Ontario Long Term Care Association calling for more action

Tlaoquiaht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Most Read