Animal sanctuaries we can get behind

As West Islanders leap into their newfound freedom with the transition of most Quebec regions from the Orange zone to Yellow, they are no doubt seeking new and fun ways to explore their cities and give back to their communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it an elevated need for various non-profit organizations and charities, particularly those serving our wildlife. Sanctuaries and services that were once able to host fundraisers and in-person events suddenly found themselves relying solely on volunteers and public donations. The Coronavirus pandemic created financial insecurity in the vast majority of citizens and businesses which meant donations to non-profits became less fruitful.

In recent years, the morality of traditional zoos has been put into question. That said, West Island News wanted to put together a thoughtful list of rescues and sanctuaries which value animal welfare above all else and which we know you'll feel good about supporting. Although the list consists primarily of sanctuaries that are not generally open to the public, we made sure to include a few options for you and your family to enjoy this summer.

Sauvetage Animal Rescue

You may remember this name due to their strong involvement with the West Island bear who made its way across Pointe-Claire and Dorval some weeks ago. The rescue was present and diligent throughout the entirety of the intervention and kept the wellbeing and safety of the bear as their utmost priority. That’s why when news surfaced that the bear had been tragically euthanized, Sauvetage Animal Rescue – like the rest of us – were horrified.

“Sauvetage Animal Rescue's mission is to help animals in distress. They deploy human and material resources to carry out relief and rescue missions.” As a member, you not only contribute to the obtainment of better equipment for the rescue, as well as allow rescue operations to be carried out for animals without families, but you also gain access to an exclusive emergency phone line which gives you access to 24/7 animal assistance.