Deadline approaching for those helping animals in distress

Humane societies and other groups have until Aug. 31 to apply for funding

'Jumper!' A dog in a rescue facility.

Organizations helping animals in distress from abuse, neglect or injury need to apply for B.C. government community gaming grants by Aug. 31, 2013, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes said today.

Last year animal welfare organizations shared $754,500 in B.C. government community gaming grants. Recipients include humane societies and other groups dedicated to animal rescue and adoption.

Organizations helping specific animals, such as dogs, cats, horses, owls, wild birds and marine wildlife also received funding. Services include off-setting veterinary costs for spay and neuter programs, providing permanent refuge for abandoned animals and rehabilitation for injured wildlife.

“Animal welfare organizations, backed by dedicated supporters and volunteers in local communities across British Columbia, protect the life, safety and dignity of animals,” said Coralee Oakes, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister. “Year after year, their efforts benefit all kinds of animals, including family pets and wildlife. This important work touches the hearts of British Columbians. Through community gaming grants, the B.C. government is a proud supporter of animal welfare activities.”

During 2012-13, the B.C. government approved $2,783,566 in community gaming grants for environmental organizations, including animal welfare providers.

Grants support the environment through a range of activities: wildlife preservation, grasslands conservation, lake stewardship, river management, fish restoration, marine science, invasive species councils and public education.

For a full list of approved gaming grants and information on how to apply, visit:

Every year, the B.C. government approves $135 million in gaming grants benefiting over 5,000 local organizations representing virtually every community in the province.


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