Founded in 2002 by the staff of the Tsawwassen Animal Hospital, the Delta Homeless Animal Fund (DHAF) began to work with the stray and homeless dogs and cats in our area. One of our primary goals has been the spaying and neutering of feral (wild) cats in order to help reduce overpopulation and the spread of virus. The fund also makes it possible for us to adopt many cats and kittens (after providing necessary medical treatments, vaccinations and spaying/neutering) to loving homes each year. Tsawwassen Animal Hospital donates their time and medical care and the fund covers the costs of food, medications and supplies. At times we have assisted Rescue groups or Animal Shelters with a special pet that is in need of medical treatments that they may be unable to provide otherwise. In 2005 we became involved with the rescue efforts in Louisiana and were responsible for flying in 22 dogs (including one who gave birth to 8 beautiful puppies) and 2 cats in order to prevent them from being euthanized. After receiving essential medical care and providing spaying/neutering and vaccinations, they were all adopted to new families or permanent foster homes to spend the rest of their lives.
In 2009 the DHAF helped over 60 animals at a cost of over $5350 for supplies and medications alone. These included:
Stray cats from Delta, Point Roberts and even Galiano Island
Feral cats/kittens that we spayed or neutered then rereleased
Feral kittens that we socialized and were able to adopt
Cats and kittens where we assisted in the treatment and adoption for the Delta Community Animal Shelter and Tsawwassen First Nations
“Toad” was 5 years old when he was brought to us through a project of humane live trapping of un-owned cats at the beginning of July. “Toad” was unneutered and suffered from a painful deformed leg that was curved at his wrist and fused in an uncomfortable position.
The end result for “Toad” was an amputation of his left foreleg, to ease the pain and discomfort he was experiencing. The Doctors and staff at the Tsawwassen Animal Hospital donated their time and experience, and his surgery was performed and funded by the money that is being generously donated to the Delta Homeless Animal Fund.
Before his surgery, “Toad” hobbled around the house of his foster parents using his 3 good legs and his sore leg as a crutch when he could. Since his surgery, “Toad” is running around on 3 legs as if he has been this way for his whole life, and purrs constantly while acting like a completely new cat.
It is only due to the donations and support from people in our community that we are able to give medical care and attention to homeless and needy animals in our local area. Every so often an animal of greater medical need (like “Toad”) comes along and needs our help, and we are happy to help.