Welcome to Critteraid!

Just a few of our many CRITTER smiles of gratitude

Would you like to help support the Sanctuary?

We have NEW ways to DONATE while our website is undergoing maintenance

Our website is undergoing some exciting visual and technical changes, during this period of time our online donations through the website will be unavailable.

Not to worry supporters, we have many other ways for you to help support the animals! Below are some ways to help.

BY MAIL: Send a cheque donation to Critteraid Animal Sanctuary/ Box 235, 113-437 Martin St, Penticton V2A 5L1

BY E-TRANSFER: to info@critteraid.org / use your mailing address in the remarks box so we can send you a tax receipt! * Please note that due to bank requirements, your statement will show the donation to Maureen Young (Our Director). Rest assured that your donation is going directly to Critteraid to support the animals and sanctuary.

BY PHONE: Contact our Director Maggie at 778-549-3366 / She can process your credit card donation on our mobile app and mail your receipt!

IN-PERSON: Visit our Critteraid Charity Thrift Shoppe and make a donation in person / Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm-4pm / 13208 Victoria Road North, Summerland, BC / (778) 516-5766


It takes a Village to Support a Sanctuary, We thank you! 



Shop or Donate At Our Charity Thrift Shoppe

Our Summerland Critteraid Charity Shoppe is OPEN and practicing proper Covid-19 procedures to ensure that we can continue to serve the needs of the community and our Sanctuary. Drop by and see what we have in store for you!

Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm-4pm

13208 Victoria Road North, Summerland, BC / (778) 516-5766



Our sanctuary could always use your helping hand to stock up on food and other necessary items.

In order to make this an easy and efficient process for those who want to help,

we would like to introduce you to our critters favourite items on Amazon…

The AMAZING Wish List


Donating by ordering supplies online from our wishlist offers an easy and ‘physically-distancing-conforming’ opportunity for food donations to find their way safely to our sanctuary.  The items have associated quantities, which should help to provide an idea of how much we may need. Having said that, the food isn’t limited to any number because everyone is always HUNGRY.  All the sanctuary residents, present, and future, as well as every single one of our volunteers, are thanking you from the bottom of our hearts. We would not be able to do this without your generous donations, continuous support, and faith in our organization to help end animal suffering in our community and beyond!! 


Critteraid is an animal rescue sanctuary in Summerland, BC and is run 100% by volunteers and donations helping end animal suffering in our community for 30 years! Critteraid is a registered non-profit society and is not part of any larger organization. Critteraid Animal Sanctuary is not just a shelter or animal rescue facility, it is also an educational facility that teaches people about animals in a way that will change their perspective about themselves and the world around them. We depend on compassionate people in our community in order to keep our dream alive and make sure our legacy continues on. We are incredibly grateful for all the support we receive from our community and we constantly continue to build new relationships in order to strengthen our legacy.

This very special organization has a beautiful 10-acre farm in the South Okanagan providing sanctuary and rescue for a wide variety of abandoned and abused animals in the Okanagan (cats, dogs, horses, cows, pigs, ducks, alpacas, donkeys, goats and even a rooster).


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Click below for an Adoption Application.



Become a Critteraid member.



Help our animals in need.


The Critteraid Farm

Watch our latest heartwarming video and learn more about the Critteraid animal rescue sanctuary in Penticton. This video will tour you around our 10 acre farm; giving you a better sense of where we care for our Critteraid family. You’ll also get a close up look at the Cat Sanctuary where we house a large number of felines waiting for adoption or sponsorship.  As you watch this video please keep in mind that community support is vital to a charity like Critteraid where fundraising is constant in order to provide the necessary means for veterinary costs, operational costs and maintenance costs.

We hope that you will be moved to look further into options to get involved with Critteraid and read more information on membership, volunteering, adoption, sponsorship and how to contact us.

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Who is Critteraid?

Our History


In 1991, Critteraid was formed with a Board of Directors of 5 individuals. In 1994, we became a registered charity federally (Summerland Cat Sanctuary #89308-0770-RR0001) and a non-profit in British Columbia devoted to animal welfare. Critteraid is based on their own 10-acre farm in Summerland, British Columbia.

Our Motto


Our animal rescue sanctuary in Penticton promotes animal welfare through the provision of sanctuary, education and rescue.

Who We Are


The Critteraid Board of Directors is a “working” Board. As an animal charity, Critteraid needs the good sense and compassion that is vital to an organization such as ours. Sometimes, the decisions are made quickly and sometimes the Board can ponder and reflect over matters for what may seem ages. Either way, we can assure you that the comfort, safety and well-being of the animals in our care as well as the Volunteers who mind them, is always the primary focus of what we do.

What we do?

critter-aid-favCritterAid heads up six main divisions including the Cat Sanctuary, The Dog House, CritterAid Farm – Pasture Animals, Project Equus, Outreach Program and Education. Each division has a specific role to play in the CritterAid  sphere.

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Words of Support for Critteraid!

  • Melissa and Rosie
    The communication with Critteraid was amazing
    "I can’t imagine working with any other organization with my little girl, Rosie. The communication with Critteraid was amazing as I received an email back within hours of sending Rosie’s story and the next day I was speaking with a team member on how we could work together to help out Rosie. The Critteraid team was warm and welcoming and told me what I needed to do and I set to it and they worked on what they needed to do. The fundraiser was so inspiring to me, to see the community out supporting this great organization and hearing their stories and seeing them touched by Rosie’s story. Not only did Critteraid help fund Rosie’s amputation surgery but it instilled in me what I always loved doing, which is working with animals on their second chance or more at a new life. Critteraid has quickly become family; they are so kind and caring that you can’t help but fall in love with the team but also all of the critters they talk about and have in their care."
  • Diana Stockmann
    "The kids and I went for volunteer orientation with Critteraid last week. ALL of the kitties there are adorable. Our 1/2 hour orientation turned into being there cuddling and loving kitties for almost 2 1/2 hours. The work and the love and care that they give these cats is incredible. It was so hard to leave all these loving animals. The kids enjoyed it so much they will be back on Sunday for a cleaning orientation then it's a cuddle frenzy when ever they want! Way to be Critteraid you are all ROCK STARS! It doesn't cost anything to volunteer if you have a few hours a week they could use your help, and the reward of cuddling fluffy cats is the best!"

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