The Kensington Foundation

For Animals in Crisis

The goal of The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis is to raise money for our Veterinary Care Program for animals in the care of independent animal Rescues, Shelters and Sanctuaries around British Columbia. These are Registered Charities that are in good standing with the Canadian Revenue Agency.

The purpose of The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis is to directly pay, through our Veterinary Care Program, for veterinary treatments for needy animals in the Province of British Columbia. After receiving the necessary medical care the animals are then able to be adopted by loving families in many communities throughout the Province. In the case of unadoptable animals they remain in the care of loving sanctuaries where all their needs are taken care of.

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About Us

We are an all-volunteer organization and are in our thirteenth year.

Our funding pays for spays, neuters and other necessary surgical procedures as well as medications and any other medical care deemed necessary to assist dogs, cats, rabbits, pot bellied pigs, ferrets, birds, reptiles, horses and other domestic animals with their veterinary expense.

We also help raise public awareness in support of registered animal charity groups that contribute to the community by providing assistance to animals in crisis in British Columbia. Such groups include those that provide rescue, food, shelter, medical services, adoption services, and other necessary aid to enable animals in crisis to be returned to the community, where possible, as loving pets and companions.

We assist the rescues and the public by directing potential volunteers, fosters and adopters to the various rescue groups to aid their efforts. There are rescues and shelters with caring volunteers in most of our communities.

The Board of Directors screens all groups in who’s care the animals reside before making direct payment of veterinary costs for those animals. The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis wants to ensue the animals are being well looked after for before approving direct medical assistance for animals in the rescue’s care on the basis of the rescue’s goals, their effectiveness, their fiscal responsibility, and their love and respect for the life, safety, and dignity of the animals in their care. We do periodic visits to various rescues to ensure the living conditions of the animals are satisfactory.

There are many stray and feral cats in our communities. To help address overpopulation problems and cats in unwanted areas The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis directly assists the cats with medical care and supports the work of groups that undertake programs for trapping, spaying and neutering these cats and then finding them homes or releasing them to areas with feeder stations

All of our funding support is for veterinarian care for the animals and our method is to make direct payments to the veterinary facilities on the accounts of each Rescue/Shelter where the animals are in care.

In 2015 we provided $52,500.00 of direct payments to veterinary facilities to assist animals in the care of twenty registered shelters and rescue groups in British Columbia. In 2015 all funds raised went to animal health care except for $14.04 in Canada Helps fees. All other expenses were covered by the donations of our Directors, ensuring that 100% of all public contributions went to assist needy animals.

Since starting in 2004 we have provided over $418,000.00 of payments to veterinary facilities to assist animals in the care of over fifty-five registered shelters and rescue groups in British Columbia.

We assisted animals in the care of the following groups in 2015

  • Hearts on Noses
  • Dogwood Rescue
  • Action for Animals in Distress Society
  • Rest & Recuperate Equine Care Society
  • Senior Animals in Need Today Society
  • Cat’s Cradle Animal Rescue
  • Small Animal Rescue Society of B.C.
  • Kitty Cat P.A.L. Society
  • Okanagan Central Small Dog Rescue Society
  • TnT Sahrpei Rescue
  • Pipsqueak Paddocks
  • Vancouver Rabbit Rescue & Advocacy
  • Vancouver Orphan Kitten rescue Association
  • Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary
  • Big Heart Rescue Society
  • Northwest Animal Shelter Society
  • Lake Cowichan Animal rescue Society
  • Angel’s Animal Rescue
  • Cowichan Cat Rescue
  • HugABull Advocacy & Rescue
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The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis has eliminated almost all administrative expenses to achieve its mission by using volunteers and by requesting donations of saleable items for fundraisers, thereby eliminating fundraising expenses. Donations of raffle prizes are always needed.

We will be holding our annual raffle in the fall.

We also continue to offer Limited Edition Art Prints at reduced prices. These make great gifts and may be viewed on the Prints for Sale page (subject to in stock availability).

Donations can be made online on our website’s donation page, through Canada Helps.

Contributions can be made through United Way in BC by giving our name and Charity Number: 86508 6748 RR0001 and through some company giving programs.

2015 Raffle Prize Winners
Prize Ticket Name
1 0987 Dianne
2 1029 Brad
3 1116 Adele
4 0789 Georgia
5 1342 Gillian
6 0049 Leni
7 0334 Adrian
8 1478 Roy
9 0787 Georgia
10 0352 Daniel
11 0329 Alberto
12 2296 Jason
13 1508 A Ronetz
14 0921 Gerri
15 1161 Tommy
16 1910 Rudy
17 0645 Anthony
18 1066 Cathy
19 2099 Susy
20 1416 Marge

Choosing a Pet

All over our communities we find animals that have been abandoned by their owners because they became too much for their family to manage. The decisions most often go back to impulse shopping or theme shopping. Easter, as an example, often results in bunnies for the kids and the enthusiasm dissipates after a couple of months.

Things are often impacted as well by trends. The movie ‘101 Dalmatians’ created a significant increase in the demand for this breed but not understanding that they are a very active dog resulted in many becoming homeless or turned into shelters that are often at capacity.

Things to consider:

How much time can you spend with the pet?
Dogs require a lot more of the owner’s time than cats do as an example.


Who will be responsible in the family for the feeding and care?
If the deal is the children then you will find that usually fails quickly so it will be time and effort for the adults.


How active are you?
Sporting dogs like retrievers or terriers require a lot more time than breeds like Dachshunds or Lhasa Apso.


What health concerns come from contact?
Types of pets that should be avoided in families are ones that are prone to diseases or contagions through contact. Many of the reptiles fall into this category.


Can you afford the maintenance and care of the pet?
All pets come with financial responsibilities such as food, training, veterinary bills, boarding fees, cleaning supplies and more.


What will you have to do to maintain their health and appearance?
Grooming can be very time consuming depending on the type of animal. Some are social and their health can be impacted by isolation. An example of that could be birds and they can become very self destructive through lack of attention.


What is the life expectancy of the animal?
Many animals have a different life span. You need to check into that when making your choice and commitment. Some animals will be around for decades and some even have long life spans than humans. Please consider that when deciding on your choice of pet.


What will the impact be if you travel often and are there pet-friendly accommodations in your travel patterns?
If you travel a lot by choice or occupation it is not a good idea to have a pet until that changes. There needs to be a stable environment and regular relationship for pet ownership to work.


Are there restrictions on pets where you live?
Many landlords and strata corporations have restrictions on types, size and numbers of pets that are allowed if any.


Human health concerns, family impact, have you factored those in?
Issues such as allergies, or family members with special needs may be impacted by your choice. Another big consideration is children: if you have very young children, for instance, or you plan to have children, it may not be the best idea to get a high-energy dog that requires a great deal of attention and supervision.


Young or older?
There are many more mature animals available through adoption programs that don’t require the significant time commitment to train and care for a baby. Just like in your own family, babies control a lot of what is happening in the home. There are a lot of mature animals who have love and affection to share and will bond well with their new households.

Adoption is what you are doing with any animals, so please consider those who have lost their previous owner.

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Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering is a very important part of our program focus and support

The Poor Prolific Cat

  • By the seventh year, the two little cats who started this could have 420,000 offspring.
  • A pair of dogs could have 67,000 offspring.
  • A female cat can have her first litter at the age of six months and can become pregnant again while nursing her kittens. A female dog can have her first litter at six months and a second just four months later.

What You Can Do

You can help end dog and cat overpopulation:

  • Spay or neuter your dogs and cats and encourage others to do the same.
  • Adopt from your local animal shelter. All shelters are over- loaded with adoptable animals who need homes.
  • Don’t buy animals from pet stores. Chances are the cute puppy in the window came from a puppy mill. Purchasing dogs from pet stores perpetuates the cruel puppy mill industry.
  • Don’t buy from breeders. Again, by purchasing an animal from a breeder you are encouraging the breeding of more ani- mals. It doesn’t make sense to breed more when we must kill so many. If you have your heart set on adopting a particular breed, visit a shelter or contact a lo- cal breed rescue club.
  • Support your local shelter by volunteering. Many shelters are in desperate need of volunteers.
Please spay and neuter your pet!

The Facts on Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering not only cur-tails overpopulation, it also provides medical benefits to the animal.

Neutering decreases and often eliminates diseases that intact male dogs are prone to later in life, including diseases of the prostate, testicles and other tissues influenced by male hormones. Testicular and perianal gland cancers are the second and third most frequently diagnosed tumors in older intact male dogs.

Spaying female cats and dogs entirely eliminates diseases of the ovaries and uterus, and, if performed be- fore their first or second heat, drastically decreases the chance of mammary gland cancer. Mammary cancer is very common in older intact females, and is the most common cancer to spread to the lungs.

Neutering greatly reduces the risk of injuries and illnesses to males. Unaltered males tend to roam, increasing their chances of being killed or injured. They also tend to fight more, which guarantees wounds and infections.
A host of myths surround spaying and neutering. Unfortunately, they discourage people from having the surgery performed on their animal. We must battle misconceptions with facts – dogs’ and cats‘ lives depend on it.


All of our funding comes through fund raising events such as those listed on our activities page and donations from people who care about the animals in our communities. We are always looking for good raffle prizes.

You can also make donations at all Tisol locations through their donation boxes.

One of the easiest ways of support is through payroll deduction programs like Corporate Charity programs or the United Way. The United Way allows a donor to name a specific charity and if you include the CRA Charity Registration number they will pass those funds over to that charitable organization.

Our official name is The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis and our CRA registration number is
86508 6748 RR0001.

You can also donate directly to us by mailing a cheque to our mailing address, Suite 279 – 4111 Hastings St., Burnaby, B.C. V5C 6T7. Any donation of $10.00 or more will receive a tax receipt. If you wish to make a donation as a gift for someone we will send the appropriate gift notification card (Birthday, Christmas or as requested) to the person as advised.

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We have the opportunity to help you help the animals in your community. Our fund raising goal is to distribute all of the money raised to medically assist the animals that we all want to help.

We started in the spring of 2004 and have been able to assist hundreds of needy animals with medical care through the contributions and support of people like you.

The kensington foundation for animals in crisis would like to thank you for spending some of your time with us.

We are a Canadian Registered Charity: #86508 6748 RR0001

Mailing Address

Kensington Foundation
Suite #279 – 4111 Hastings, ST. Burnaby, BC V5C 6T7

Executive Board

  • John Holt-President
  • Cybele Ironside-Vice President
  • Debbie Bolton-Secretary/Treasurer
  • Maureen Christofferson-Director
  • Doug Renwick-Director