We promote and foster animal welfare through the provision of our animal sanctuary in Summerland, education and rescue to help end animal suffering in the Okanagan.
Celebrating 30 Years of Bringing People & Animals Together
We all come from so many different walks of life, but all seem to share the same heart. We all give just that little bit and see the most amazing results and share in the triumph of what happens when a community comes together to rescue animals in desperate need.
We have grown from the initial cat sanctuary to include several additional divisions: Dog House Division, Critteraid Farm, Education, Outreach. We have learned to temper our growth with the number of volunteers who commit to caring for the animals.
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 are proud to be a part of a Board of Directors who take great pride in their fiduciary responsibility while always focusing on the animals in our care. The women and men who volunteer their time and support within Critteraid are amazing individuals who are second to none when it comes to standing tall amidst animal welfare representatives.
We welcome you to join us in our compassion efforts!
Critteraid is a place where hope has survived and that is a testament to all that have contributed. It built a solid foundation where people can rescue animals together in harmony to carry on an endeavor that started off as a dream, by the founder and past President Deborah Silk (McBride). With her vision, Critteraid became a safe sanctuary home for thousands of cats that have been abandoned or abused.
Our history is packed with people who have immense passion and compassion for animals that is truly beyond words to describe. The incredible dedication of an army of people within our community has been inspirational We are so thankful to all those in previous years that have graveled the road that we stand on. We are grateful to a beautiful community and all the volunteers that have contributed with sweat, tears and monetary gifts. The foundation they build is one to emulate for the future generations. Thank you to all, you are loved and very appreciated.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
We 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.
Lori Stewart / President
I came to Critteraid in September 2013. The pressures of the world were all around and I found petting a donkey gave me a few moments of peace.
Andrea Turner / Vice President
I found myself scrubbing floors and cleaning litterboxes about 5 years ago. Over a short...
Arlene Hooper / Treasurer
I joined the board to assist with the book keeping but secretly just wanted to make sure that they...
Maggie Young / Director at Large
After retiring, Maggie and her husband moved to Penticton in 2016. She started volunteering with Critteraid that winter.
Caroline Ryan / Cat Sanctuary Director
Caroline joined Critteraid in 2018 as a cat cuddler. She very quickly realized that she had found her true passion.
Arlene Dunstan-Adams / Dog House Director
The doghouse has been a labor of love. I run the division out of my home in OK falls and love...
Anna Duncanson / IT Director
I moved to Summerland in July 2021 and immediately fell in love with the gorgeous thrift store! I...