The Okanagan Humane Society operates two primary programs: Owned Animal Assistance Program and Rescue Program
Owned Animal Assistance Program
OHS assists qualifying low-income families with access to low cost spay/neuter /vaccine/deworm and permanent identification for their pets and provides necessary veterinary care. Seniors, individuals and families on low incomes often cannot afford the costs associated with spaying/neutering and caring for their pets.
To apply for assistance, please visit your local Okanagan veterinary clinic for a form or complete this online application for assistance.
Upon receiving your completed application form, you will be contacted to complete a telephone interview. From there, OHS will make the veterinary appointment and the owner delivers the animal and pays their portion directly to the clinic.
If medical issues unrelated to the spay/neuter (e.g. infections or dental issues) arise, OHS will be contacted for permission before any procedures are undertaken. Because of an increase in several communicable diseases, vaccine, de-worming and medications are included in our protocol. To aid in the return of a lost pet, permanent ID either tattoo or microchip is also provided.
OHS works with community partners to spay/neuter and provide veterinary care for feral, abandoned, lost and homeless cats. OHS also works to provide safe homes for these animals in need.
OHS relies on the public to help report and track individual and colonies of feral, abandoned, lost and homeless cats. We then work to humanely trap the cats in need and provide them with necessary veterinary care, including spay/neuter service.
Non-feral animals are rehabilitated and are adopted out to new loving homes.
If suitable and safe, feral animals are returned to where they were found. If the environment isn’t suitable or safe, the animals are re-homed to another location, such as a volunteer farm.
For assistance with a feral, abandoned, stray or homeless cat (or cat colony) please send information here:
Volunteers are most appreciated for help with the Rescue Program and fostering, please send information here:
Across both programs, to date, OHS has spayed/neutered over 16,000 animals. In 2017 OHS provided care for 1,138 owned cats and dogs.