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BC Pets and Friends' mission is to provide and promote the healing power of the human-animal bond through pet therapy visitations. Our team of 200 volunteer dogs and cats (and their human handlers) put this mission into action by visiting hospitals, senior care facilities, hospices, schools and universities throughout Vancouver Lower Mainland. In fact, Pets and Friends volunteers made 10,000 pet therapy visits last year where people received the mood-boosting therapy that only a four-legged, furry friend can provide. As mounting research supports what we've known since our inception in 1982, that contact with animals profoundly benefits us humans both mentally and physically, requests from healthcare and educational facilities grows... so much so that we cannot meet the demand. So Pets and Friends must grow! Your support directly helps pet therapy bring a smile to more people in our community.


Pets and Friends provides volunteers with screening, orientation, and facility placement services. After screening and orientation, pet-owner teams are placed with their desired facility which they will visit regularly for at least a year.

Team members

Click on one of our team members below to make a donation.

e.g., John, Smith, or

Lisa Ranken

Raised: $740.00

Brittany Vickers

Raised: $625.00

Dawna Chu

Raised: $300.00

Janice Lonnqvist

Raised: $300.00

Katie Oster

Raised: $283.00

Lauren Salmon

Raised: $100.00

Team captain

Signy Coatsworth

Raised: $0.00

Vanessa Bradley

Raised: $0.00

Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Jul 09 Jane King Thank you to all the wonderful pet therapy furry friends and volunteers! $25.00
Jun 26 Laura Mackie $25.00
Jun 23 Vanessa Hagelin $25.00
Jun 22 Jovy Marcelo This is for Jackson $100.00
Jun 22 Chad Therres $25.00
Jun 21 IDA CHU Undisclosed amount
Jun 19 Soren Lonnqvist $100.00
Jun 15 Steve Tordiffe $100.00
Jun 10 Hieu Le Nguyen $50.00
Jun 10 Daphne Parker $50.00