• Laura Simonson

Give LOVE. Oooh, What a Feeling!

Updated: Jan 16

UPDATED IN HONOR OR THE BELOVED BETTY WHITE CHALLENGE! Give LOVE January 17! Every organization below will be so grateful for any and all donations to support their tireless efforts.

Over the years, Laura Simonson and her partner Gord have stopped exchanging gifts in lieu of GIVING to those who truly need the funds or resources, and, oooh, what feeling. There is simply nothing more powerful than the feeling of giving, is there? Plus, Miss Seva (the self-proclaimed, "Top Dog," here at Virchew) has more than enough balls and tug toys (not according to her obviously 😉) so they always give to animal rescues throughout the whole year - not just during this festive time.

Together they love and respect all the heavy-lifting (emotionally and physically) that vegan or animal welfare organizations do. Therefore, this week before Christmas, Laura and Gord wanted to share even more love. So, they decided to compile a LOVE List of BC-based organizations that are doing phenomenal, selfless service for so many animals and the people who adore them.

Imagine if everyone who reads this all donated even $5 - $10 dollars to a handful of these organizations? Imagine the difference the leaders and change-makers could make? Yeah, oooh, what a feeling!



Located in Mission, BC, SAINTS Rescue is an end-of-life sanctuary for unwanted, sick senior animals who need a safe place to live out their final days in comfort and peace. Helping geriatric farm animals to palliative cats and dogs passed by adopters at municipal shelters, SAINTS opens its doors to the animals no one else wants.

Wildlife Rescue Association of BC


As Western Canada’s busiest wildlife rehabilitation centre - caring for nearly 5,000 animals every year - the staff take in injured, orphaned, and pollution-impacted wildlife. From all over BC, animals arrive to receive professional care and treatment.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition


The CHDC is a collective of activist groups that have joined together to push for a ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption in Canada. Singer Jann Arden is a supporter and has joined forces with CHDC to push the ban on exporting live horses for human consumption abroad.

Rabbitats Rescue


Rabbitats Rescue Society helps abandoned and feral pet rabbits by promoting sanctuary rescue, developing non-traditional destinations and advocating for better laws. The Abbotsford flooding has been devastating to the rabbit population, and Rabbitats is inundated with rabbits requiring emergency aid.

Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary


Greyhaven is a non-profit society whose purpose is to provide rescue and protection for parrots with an extensive adoption program. Placing parrots in new loving homes is priority one. This non-profit agency has been facing an uphill battle since 2016 when it took in an astounding 584 parrots in deplorable conditions from World Parrot Refuge on Vancouver Island.

Hearts on Noses Pig Sanctuary


Located in Maple Ridge, BC, Hearts on Noses (HONs) was established in 1999 as a sanctuary for potbellied pigs after the popular ‘mini-pigs’ started being abandoned when their owners tired of the novelty and the time and money required to keep them as pets. Caretaker Janice Gillett works tirelessly with the aid of weekly volunteers, but there are never enough hands or funds to go around.



The Fur-Bearers help to protect fur-bearing animals in the wild and confinement and have a mission to end fur farming — what they call “hell on earth for animals.” Their goal is to end the commercial fur trade and promote wildlife coexistence in communities.

Vancouver Humane Society


The Vancouver Humane Society has been fighting for the humane treatment of animals, from farmed animals to species in captivity at zoos, for nearly 40 years. Its current campaigns include helping pets in need during the COVID pandemic, ending the use of animals in rodeos, and providing free vet care for animals belonging to marginalized women with limited income.

Happy Herd Sanctuary


Happy Herd is a charity farm sanctuary in Langley, giving a forever home for at-risk farm animals rescued from poor conditions. The sanctuary includes goats, chickens, cows, pigs, turkeys, hens, ducks, cats, dogs, and donkeys.

Paws for Hope Foundation


Paws for Hope is a multi-pronged non-profit that does everything from support rescue groups to educating consumers about animal testing in everyday household items. Paws for Hope offers services, initiatives, and funding opportunities to support qualified volunteer-run animal welfare and rescue charities in BC with its Guardian Angel program.

Little Oink Bank Pig Sanctuary


Carrie and Ron Shogan co-founded Little Oink Bank Pig Sanctuary in March of 2018 when they realized that non-human animals were not a commodity and had the same rights to life, love, and safety as the rest of their family. LOBPS is a vegan farm animal sanctuary, providing safety to more than 70 farm animals rescued from abuse, neglect, industry mistreatment, and unethical breeders, and includes full-size pig breeds, cows, chickens, sheep, goats, ducks, dogs, and cats.

VOKRA (Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association)


For over two decades, VOKRA - a volunteer-driven non-profit - has been dedicated to rescuing cats in the Lower Mainland and ending pet overpopulation. Each year, they take in hundreds of cats and kittens and operate an impressive foster parent network. Under the guidance of Karen Duncan and a board of directors, VOKRA works with a coalition of other groups to provide TNR (trap neuter return) services to communities in the region.

Critter Care Wildlife


Critter Care Wildlife Society specializes in the treatment, care and release of sick, injured and orphaned animals. Each year it deals with hundreds of animals that have been severely debilitated, often resulting from human-animal conflicts, including animals hit by cars, animals accidentally (and intentionally) poisoned, or trapped.

OWL Rehabilitation Society


This non-profit is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured and orphaned eagles, falcons, hawks, ospreys, owls, & vultures - some years over 700 injured raptors - and educating the public on their conservation and importance. Nearly 50 raptors are permanent residents at the facility, which takes in raptors from all over the province and the US.

Home for Hooves


HOH is a volunteer-run, registered Charity organization, that offers a forever home for rescued farm animals in Duncan, BC. The sanctuary was founded in September 2017 and currently, they care for nearly 200 residents including pigs, goats, sheep, cattle, horses, donkeys, chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, peafowl, dogs, guinea pigs, and cats. In 2022, they will take on 171 animals from RASTA Sanctuary and are in desperate need of expansion funds.

We wanted to summarize this post with, "The love we give away is the only love we keep." - Elbert Hubbard

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