Shelters and Rescues

Shelters and Rescues we have Helped

If you would like to help any of the shelters or rescues listed below, please visit the Facebook or website links attached. 

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association 
“VOKRA is a committed group of volunteers dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of 
homeless or unwanted cats…VOKRA provides safe homes and high-quality care while promoting responsible cat guardianship through its education, advocacy, and feral cat/trap-neuter-return programs. The rescue typically has anywhere form 200 to 600 cats in its care, depending on the time of year. In 2012, VOKRA took in a total of 1820 cats.” – Taken from VOKRA 2013 Overview 
For more information please visit

Cowichan Cat Rescue
“Through a dedicated TNR program, kitten adoptions, public education and low cost spays and neuters we believe it will be possible to greatly improve life for homeless cats and kittens and ultimately to reduce or eliminate feral cat populations without the use of euthanasia. We are entirely supported by donations, our kitten adoption fees and the fund raising efforts of a group of hard working volunteers. Our volunteers organize garage sales, create craft items for sale and do anything else they can think of to raise money to pay the huge vet bills we run up!” – Taken from Cowichan Cat Rescue Facebook page
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Alley Cats Rescue 
“Alley Cats Rescue is 100% non-profit & 100% volunteer based. All our cats/kittens come from being homeless! Helping Cats find Health, Happiness, & Homes. O
ur rescue is dedicated to homeless cats in Red Deer” – Taken from Alley Cats Rescue Facebok page 
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Broken Promises Rescue 
“Broken Promises Rescue is a volunteer-run, non-profit animal rescue organization in Victoria, B.C. We are a group of experienced rescuers who have united to improve the lives of unwanted, neglected, and orphaned animals on Vancouver Island and, when resources permit, in remote communities and elsewhere in B.C. We try to help the many pets in the shelter system considered less adoptable because of medical or behavioral problems or simply because their color, age, or breeds are currently unpopular. At Broken Promises Rescue we believe that all animals deserve a life without pain, hunger, or loneliness. We want them to know they are loved and cherished despite appearance, age, or medical condition. We are also dedicated to raising awareness of animal suffering and to educating children and adults about the responsibilities of animal ownership. Thus we hope to influence public opinion and mold a more compassionate future. No animal should suffer through ignorance and indifference Broken Promises was started in February 2011 by people who had already been doing rescue work for decades and decided to join forces and work together! We are a 100% completely run by Volunteers and we survive solely on donations and fundraisers to cover all the costs for these animals. Because we focus on helping those that no one else will take they generally have an extensive amount of vet bills. We also provide dog training for those that require some guidance in order make them more adoptable and to have a long and happy life!"
-Pamela Saddler, Director 
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Furry Families in Need


At Pets First we believe that love, affection and proper nutrition are the best ingredients for a happy and healthy pet. We guarantee to provide your furry family with the freshest and most nutritious recipes money can buy, which in turn, ensures your peace of mind. However, we also recognize that not all our furry friends are as fortunate – many do not even have homes, let alone the proper nutrition. That is why we have created “Furry Families in Need”. It is not only our way of giving back, but also raising awareness involving local communities in offering continuous support to various shelters and rescues across Canada. “Furry Families in Need” is a fundraising initiative as well as a donation program which involves contributions from the public.


Since December 2012, Pets First has given away 3000 lbs of Earth Options pet food to 30 different shelters and rescues located in British Columbia and Alberta. We do so by creating a ‘Giveaway Contest’ on our Facebook page where we ask the public to submit a bio on a rescue and/or shelter they feel is in need of more dry food donations. The first two giveaways in December 2012 and April 2013 were directed primarily to cat shelters, as we recognized that the cat overpopulation was a huge issue and that there was a constant need for food donations amongst the rescues and shelters.

The response to our giveaways has been incredible, with over twenty different nominations from the public. This past July we switched the focus to our canine friends and donated 1000 lbs of dog food. By chance, the timing of our giveaway coincided with the Alberta flooding disaster. As a result, 6 out of the 7 chosen recipients were from Alberta.

All the shelters in our giveaways are ‘No Kill’ shelters. 
Nearly all are 100% volunteer run and a majority of them do not even have physical shelters. 
Many operate with a foster care system; taking in abused, surrendered and/or homeless pets until they find a furever home.
With help and nominations from the public, we hope to continue donating food to shelters across western Canada.


Our fundraising initiative – Furry Families in Need – is a unique way for the public to give back.
Buy any of our Earth Options recipes and 10% of EVERY purchase, from now til furever, will be donated to the animal rescue/shelter of your choice!

Know a shelter in need?

Do you know of a no kill shelter that needs some help. Send us an email, or give us a call. We will try and help in any way we can.

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