Animal Welfare


Care and concern for the general welfare of animals was close to the heart of the late Mary Victoria Wakefield. Mrs. Wakefield lived in the Abbotsford area from age ten when she moved to a small farm with her parents and brother in 1913. When she passed in 2003, Mrs. Wakefield’s wish to give back to the community and her love of animals was realized in the establishment of the Mary Victoria Wakefield Animal Welfare Fund.

Congratulations to the five recipients of the 2023 Mary Victoria Wakefield Animal Welfare Grants, each receiving $1,000 for their projects. You can read about their project below.

  • Abbotsford Police Foundation: Financial Care Package for Retired Police Service Dogs.  Provides cover of fees associated to both food and annual vet bills for retired police dogs that have served and retired from the Abbotsford Police Department.
  • Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center Society: Enhancing Survival Through Specialized Foods. As a certified wildlife rehabilitator, Elizabeth has learned (over 37 years of experience) that better specialized foods for baby birds and small animals can significantly enhance recovery so they can be released back into the wild. However, these formulas are very expensive.
  • Paws for Hope Animal Foundation: Better Together Abbotsford. This program supports 13 Abbotsford families with 19 pets to access ongoing preventative and urgent vet care at South Fraser Animal Hospital. They are also linked to services like pet friendly housing, end of life support and licensing to help pet families stay together.
  • SAINTS Rescue: Support Veterinary Costs. Through out the year we visit clinics 3-4 times a week, with our animals whether they are senior, are palliative or special needs. We have over 100 animals either on site or in foster care which require out support. Vet care is one of out highest costs, followed by payroll as we have staff 24/7.
  • Zajac Ranch Society: Zajac Ranch for Children Miniature Goat Shelter. For this project, we plan to build goat shelters and install fencing the seamlessly integrated into the ranch’s petting zoo. These durable shelters will not only ensure the safety of the animals, but will also become focal points for nurturing profound connections between children and animals.

Getting Started

Are you a registered charity or qualified donee?

Abbotsford Community Foundation grants are intended to support programs, projects and initiatives of organizations that qualify as a charitable organization under Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines or other qualified donee as identified by the Income Tax Act, Sec 149.1.(1).

What does your program, project or initiative benefit?

Mary Wakefield Animal Welfare grants support programs, projects and initiatives that provide a direct benefit to the citizens of Abbotsford Community Foundation’s geographic area of interest, specifically within Abbotsford. In this case, any registered charity, preferably based in Abbotsford, but can be located in other parts of the Fraser Valley, dedicated to the welfare of animals and their habitat, can submit up to 1 eligible project.

What projects are eligible?

This year, the Mary Wakefield Animal Welfare Fund will have 5 grants available of $1000 each. Eligible projects include:

  • Increased/enhances access to spay/neuter programs
  • Improvement of existing animal shelter operations
  • Increased access to veterinary care for Indigenous communities or vulnerable populations
  • Wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife habitat restoration
  • Education that supports healthy co-existence between humans and local wildlife

Not sure if your project might qualify? Give us a call 604-850-3755

What costs are eligible?

  • Veterinary equipment
  • Salaries for program staff and/or volunteer honorariums
  • Animal housing and/or shelter equipment
  • Sanitation (including products and/or services)
  • Subsidized veterinary services
  • Foster placement and subsidize adoption programs
  • Animal food costs
  • Insurance costs specific to local animal shelter, care, or housing

What costs are ineligible?

  • Fundraising & event costs
  • Strategic planning
  • Research studies
  • Advertising and/or marketing
  • Other costs not specific to animal welfare programs/projects based in or specific to, Abbotsford

Have you submitted your project evaluation report?

If you have previously received a Mary Wakefield Animal Welfare grant from the Abbotsford Community Foundation you must submit your final Grant Project Evaluation Report before this, and/or any future funding applications will be considered.

Important Dates

  • Oct 15, 2023 – Application Opens
  • Oct 31, 2023 – Application Closes at 3:00pm
  • Nov 30, 2023 – Notification of Decisions
  • Oct 15, 2024 – Project Evaluations/Final Report due

Thank you to all who have applied, applications are now closed.

In 2022, seven organizations received a Mary Victoria Wakefield Animal Welfare grant. Click here to read about them.

We respectfully acknowledge that we are located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Stó:lō people, the Semá:th First Nation and Mathxwí First Nation. As treaty People, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, we share the responsibility for the continued stewardship of this beautiful land.