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Big Heart welcomes new Directors

Big Heart Rescue Society wishes to welcome new Directors to our organization and to thank outgoing members of the Board.  In particular, we thank founder and past President Gail Moerkerken who retired in August 2011. We’re grateful for all the hard work and commitment which our Board has contributed.  Without their dedication, Big Heart would be unable to serve the communities we work with and to assist the companion animals who come into our care.

Many organizations reach a point when it’s time to rethink and restructure on the basis of the experience of past years and Big Heart is in the process of revitalization now. We remain committed to all of the animals we’ve assisted and to all of the communities we’ve served.  We look forward to continuing to work with all of you in the months and years to come.




Big Heart Thanks to Vancouver Talmud Torah School

Dr. Weinberger,  a  member of the Board of Directors with Big Heart Rescue, was pleased to accept an amazing donation from the Vancouver Talmud Torah school in Vancouver and below you can read the heartfelt appreciation that Dr. Ben shared with these very special youth.

The entire BHR team sends their deepest gratitude to Ashley and Neeve for your support and dedication to those in need.

The Directors of Big Heart Rescue

My name is Ben Weinberger and I am a Veterinarian and volunteer for BHR.  When I received the invitation to attend today, I was excited for two reasons.  I too am a graduate from United Talmud Torah in Montreal so was eager to visit the school and also to meet these two outstanding students Ashley Morris and Neeve Mathews and to thank them and their class for their generous donation.

A “Mitzvah” is defined in the dictionary as a good deed. When I grew up my parents taught me that a “Mitzvah” was more than that. It was something done from the heart, a selfless act done for someone else without any expectations in return.  This is truly a “Mitzvah” as the donation will go a long way in providing care for hundreds of dogs and cats to live longer and healthier lives.  BHR works within the Province of BC with a special focus on First Nations Reserves where funding and Veterinary care are virtually non-existent.

So on behalf of BHR I would like to thank you for your generous donation and your compassion and caring about Humane Animal Welfare. You are the future of saving and helping many more four legged lives and strengthening the human/pet bond.


Let The Voting Begin!

And… we’re off! Voting began today for the latest round of the Pepsi Refresh Challenge, and Big Heart Rescue is in the running for a $100,000 grant.  If awarded, this grant would be used to acquire and equip a Mobile Animal Surgical Unit.  We have volunteer vets and vet techs who would go to  remote communities with this unit and perform the sterilizations onsite. We estimate we could reduce the cost of sterilization by 50%, and be able to sterilize many more animals.

The purpose of our project is to increase the number of animals sterilized in First Nations communities with whom we partner for animal care. Currently, almost all of the sterilizations are done off site because there are no vet clinics in these remote communities. Shipping animals to offsite vet clinics is costly and logistically difficult due to limited cargo space on planes and limited clinic space.

The remote communities that we serve through partnerships with First Nations are without vet services. Sterilization of a greater percentage of their animals would reduce the packs of roaming dogs that are breeding uncontrolled. Parvo, distemper and other transmittable diseases (that can be transmitted to children) would be reduced because we could visit more often and have fewer animals to treat. Being in a community more often would allow better delivery of humane animal welfare information. Overall, these communities would have fewer unwanted litters and better health for existing animals.

How Can You Help?  Vote For Us!

It only takes a minute and a click to cast your vote and help us in this challenge.  You can vote once per day & the winner will be announced on May 1st, 2011.  Currently there are 259 ideas in the running in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge and we are currently placed at number 9 in our category!  We’re off to a terrific start & it’s only the first day!

Please click here to vote for Big Heart Rescue in the $100,000 grant Pepsi Refresh Challenge, and help us to acquire and equip a Mobile Animal Surgical Unit!

UPDATE: Big Heart Rescue placed 10th in the Pepsi Refresh project – even though we didn’t come first, it’s awesome to see the support we’ve received by people voting for us.  Thank you to everyone who voted!

Support BHR in the Pepsi Refresh Project!

We are excited to announce today that Big Heart Rescue’s application for a $100,000.00 grant for a Mobile Spay and Neuter Unit has been accepted by the Pepsi Refresh Project!!

Voting starts on March 1st and runs through April 30th.

Stay tuned for details on how to vote… we are very excited to be a part of this!

Click here to register & vote & then please mark your calendars for Tuesday March 1st – and let the voting begin! You can vote every day until April 30th, 2011, so bookmark your link & please vote every day, and spread the word to families and friends.

Every vote counts and it could come down to just one vote … so please help us and vote starting March 1st and every day until April 30th !

BHR Recognized in WSPA Magazine

The World Society For The Protection of Animals (WSPA) recently included Big Heart Rescue in their Member Society 2010 achievements. The article recognized Big Heart Rescue by saying, “BHR proved once again that their model for assisting First Nations communities with dog management is top notch! In Bella Coola BC over 200 companion animals were vaccinated and treated with by volunteer vets and technicians. Hundreds of community members also received education about how to be responsible pet owners.”

Click here to read the full online version of the WSPA magazine…

Field Notes From Bella Coola

World Society For The Protection of Animals (WSPA) recently highlighted Big Heart Rescue in their magazine, WSPA News.  The article entitled “Field Notes from Bella Coola” was written by Josey Kitson, who oversees Canada’s WSPA’s First Nations Dog Project.

Click here to read the article…

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