Helping those in need
Through careful screening, our “Compassion Committee” helps provide care where none is available. This is achieved thru medical care for animals that are abandoned, sterilization and food for feral cats, and helping homeless and low income citizens with the cost of veterinary care for their dear friends who are often their only family.
In 2008 under pressure from some local businesses and orchardists, several Kelowna councillors suggested the idea of lethal management as a tool to control the growing population of European rabbits within the city and regional district.
TRACS, backed up by a rather large team of committed volunteers, responded. We launched a Feral Rabbit Relocation Program and obtained a permit from the Ministry of Environment to relocate and sterilize the bunnies. We saved over 800 rabbits from the streets of Kelowna.
The Rabbits were sterilized and thru the kindness of the community a number of locations were donated as sanctuaries. Thru fundraising large secure pens were built where they can live out their natural lives stress free. Accustomed to the “free life”, these endearing, personable animals have lots of room to exercise and socialize with one another, yet benefit from greatly minimized safety risks in terms of predation, being hit by cars, poisoned, beaten to death, or victimized in any way.
These sanctuaries are run solely by volunteers who rely on a number of local veterinarians specializing in exotic animals to keep the bunnies healthy and happy.
Our goal is to give people the knowledge and resources necessary to make educated and responsible decisions. We endeavor to build empathy in children and adults in regards to animal welfare issues and provide information on projects we support.
A number of volunteers with TRACS also volunteer with CDART (the Canadian Disaster Animal Rescue Team). This team is dedicated to animal welfare through the preparation for the actual rescue and shelter of domestic animals in a disaster.
CDART.org – go to the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team’s “Be Prepared” page to learn about disaster preparedness planning for your pets