Directors for VDACS 2016 voted in at the last AGM
Vice President: Laurie
Resording Secretary: Elaine
Directors: Ken, Pat, Ginny & Joan
Vernon and District Animal Care Society was for med in November 2001. The first fundraiser was Photos with Santa in December of that year, and was the first public appearance of the Society. Incorporation occurred in May 2002, and in 2003 the Society gained Registered Charity status.
Some of the original Founding Members are still active with the Society, serving on the Board of Directors. The first and only President until September 2012, Heather Pettit, retired but remains a Director at Large and she and husband Robert are Lifetime Members.
We are a small group of volunteers operating a Registered, Non-profit Charitable Society known as Vernon and District Animal Care Society (or VDACS). We service the North Okanagan Regional District, plus Falkland. Our primary focus is spay/neuter financial assistance for low income families.
As of June 2013, VDACS has spayed/neutered almost 12,000 cats. We also provide (when money is available) financial assistance for basic veterinary care when family pets become ill or are injured.
The Trap/Neuter/Release program (TNR) for feral cats depends on members of public to trap the cat, transport it to a veterinarian for spay/neuter, and then return the cat to the location where it was trapped. For a small refundable deposit, we lend our traps to people who care enough to do this difficult job.
On a very limited basis, we occasionally receive cats or kittens that desperately need help finding a loving forever home.
We are not a shelter. We depend on our great participating veterinarians and some local pet stores to house these animals while they wait to be adopted by caring individuals or families.
VDACS depends on donations from the public as well as fundraising events to be able to continue our work. We are always looking for ways to raise money as our veterinary bills are quite staggering. One hundred percent (100%) of monies donated to us or raised by us at events stays within our District to help local animals.
We also maintain a Lost and Found Cat Registry that helps unite cats with their families. This is published in the Morning Star Newspaper.
VDACS is committed to reducing the root cause of pet overpopulation, abandonment, suffering and premature death of thousands of unwanted pets in the North Okanagan by offering low cost spay/neuter to low income individuals or families.
We raise money to help pet owners with low incomes have their pets “fixed”.