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WAG is hiring an Executive Director!

Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) is a not for profit animal shelter and rehabilitation center. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to homeless and lost dogs and cats in our community and to be advocates in finding their forever homes. We place a strong emphasis on rehabilitation, critical, and compassionate care.

WAG is seeking a compassionate animal lover to join our team in the Permanent Full-Time Executive Director position to oversee the organization’s operations and management. This is an exciting position that is vital to facilitate the continued success and growth of our programs and organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides overall leadership and management of the shelter’s services and programs, including supervision of the WAG staff team, key partner relations and contracts, providing leadership in the areas of community liaison and engagement, shelter administration, policy development, fundraising and donor relations. Qualified applicants will have post-secondary education in an applicable related field plus a minimum of five years related work experience gained in a leadership capacity. The successful candidate will be an inspiring team leader with a proven track record in leading, guiding and mentoring staff. Experience and knowledge of companion animal care, adoption issues, animal welfare, workplace health and safety and working in the non-profit sector are desired assets. Applicants will bring financial management, grant research/application and fundraising experience. The successful candidate will have strong communication and conflict management skills and the ability to work with and create effective relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders in a positive respectful manner. A valid BC Drivers’ License, driver’s abstract and clean criminal record check is required. This position works with the animals in WAG’s care and assists in safe animal transport in the event of a medical emergency therefore candidates must have the ability to safely handle and restrain animals according to Fear Free protocols, lift up to 50lbs, walk all type of dogs including high energy, strong breeds and not be allergic to animals.

As Executive Director you bring a genuine compassion for animals and commitment to the best care for the animals that find themselves in need of WAG’s services. Your ethics and values align with WAG’s mission and compassionate animal welfare practices including positive reinforcement behavioural methods. If you’re committed to making a difference in the lives of animals, leading a great team and align with WAG’s values we’d love to hear from you.

Shelter Assistants

Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) is a not for profit animal shelter and rehabilitation center. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to homeless and lost dogs and cats in our community and to be advocates in finding their forever homes. We place a strong emphasis on rehabilitation, critical, and compassionate care.

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Please submit a detailed resume in combination with a cover letter expressing your interest by Monday, February 13, 2023 to [email protected] A full position description is available via email.

WAG is hiring Shelter Assistants!

WAG is hiring for a part time and full time Shelter Assistant!

Job Summary:

  • Provide exceptional overall care for all animals at WAG: Exercise, feeding, bathing, exercise and enrichment, training etc.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas of the shelter:     Able to follow rigorous shelter cleaning procedures
  • Reception/Administration:                                                      Build and maintain positive relationships with donors, adopters, volunteers and community members needing assistance

We are seeking a compassionate animal lover to join our team. This position is responsible for providing WAG animals with all-encompassing care. Including but not limited to feeding, bathing, exercise and enrichment, training, rehabilitation, medical care and treatments etc. Many duties also include cleaning kennels, cat rooms, dog runs and facilities according to disease prevention protocol, as well as providing all-encompassing enrichment and care to the animals. This position also includes general reception duties such as greeting members of the public, answering telephones, responding to emails, entering
information into our database, uploading photos, filing, and cash-out procedures.

The position requires an individual with lots of energy, a solid work ethic, a keenness to learn, and someone who shows the ability to work independently while still communicating and working effectively in a small team of people. The ideal candidate manages well in fast paced, high stress, and emotional situations. This position works with humans as much as we do with animals and must enjoy working and assisting community members in a compassionate, professional and confidential manner. This position will act as an ambassador to WAG at all times and ensure customer and community relations are consistently professional and positive.

The ideal candidate will be confident and willing to learn how to work with all types of animals, including sick and injured as well as animals with behavioral issues. The ideal candidate will also understand shelter procedures regarding infectious disease transmission and control, be a self-starter and adaptable. Preference is given to people with a background in shelter work /volunteering or extensive practical
animal experience, including experience working in a veterinary practice.

An educational background in any animal field is an asset.

Must be physically able to lift 50lbs and happy to walk big strong dogs in all kinds of weather!

Shelter Assistants (3)

Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) is a not for profit animal shelter and rehabilitation center. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to homeless and lost dogs and cats in our community and to be advocates in finding their forever homes. We place a strong emphasis on rehabilitation, critical, and compassionate care.

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Please Email your resume and availability to Lindsay Suckling, Executive Director
[email protected]

(All other enquiries - please email [email protected])

Pique’s Best of Whistler 2022

WAG is honoured to be named Whistler's 'Favourite Non-Profit' 2022 in Pique's annual Best of Whistler awards! For the 10th year in a row, we want to thank our community for voting for us and supporting the work we do.

We are thrilled that our very own Denise Wood is pictured with Rocco as Whistler's Favourite Volunteer. Incredibly deserving of this award, Denise dedicates a lot of time and love to WAG and we are so happy to see her being recognised. From being a member of the board, to dog walking, treat giving, advocating for animals in need, Denise also makes and sells beautiful bandanas with 100% of the proceeds going to WAG. In the last 4 months alone, Denise has raised $2260 throughout this endeavour. Please join us in thanking Denise for her commitment and congratulating her on these achievements.

A special mention to WAG staff alumni Imogen, who came in 2nd Favourite Volunteer for all she does for our little shelter and resident animals too. Well done!

AND not forgetting our next door neighbours at WCSS who came a close second for best non-profit for the support they give our community, offering so many important services for this town.

Photos by Dave Buzzard at the Pique.

WAG MATCHING CAMPAIGN 2022!

The results from our 2022 Matching Campaign are in........

We are very excited to report that we raised $35,700 during the month of December and with Whistler's Mogul's Coffee House & Zogs Dogs $20,000 matching donation we raised a total of $55,700

Massive thank you to Moguls Coffee House and Zogs Dogs for their ongoing support of everything WAG. And a very special thank you to everyone who donated. It is thanks to support from people like yourself that we are able to raise these critical funds for the animals who need it the most.

From everyone at WAG, furry and human, THANK YOU SO MUCH

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PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA – Saturday 3rd Dec!

Whistler's Animal Shelter is hosting Pet Photos with Santa on Saturday, December 3rd at the Westin Hotel & Spa in Whistler from 12pm - 4pm.

It is a minimum $20 donation with all proceeds going to WAG! (Cash preferred, e-transfer also available).

Have a nervous or reactive dog? Reach out to [email protected] to book a time slot for your photos at the end of the day.

We will have volunteers on hand to help make sure you and your animal feel safe. Bookings for these photos will be between 3:45pm-4pm.

We can't wait to see you all there!

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Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) is a not for profit animal shelter and rehabilitation center. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to homeless and lost dogs and cats in our community and to be advocates in finding their forever homes. We place a strong emphasis on rehabilitation, critical, and compassionate care.

WAG IS LOOKING FOR A NEW TREASURER!

The WAG Board of Directors is currently seeking applications from those interested in joining the Board of Directors in the role of Treasurer. The Treasurer is responsible for working with the Executive Director to ensure that effective financial systems and procedures have been established, are being consistently followed, and are in line with best practice and legal requirements.

The Treasurer acts as an information and reference point for
the board: clarifying financial implications of proposals; confirming legal requirements; outlining the current financial status; obtaining relevant documentation; and helping the Board manage financial risk within financial policies.

General responsibilities of a Board Member:

• Committed to the mission and values of WAG
• Knowledge and understanding of WAG policies, procedures, and programs
• Ability to attend monthly board meetings
• Awareness and ability to refrain from conflict of interest
• Act as an ambassador for WAG to the community
• Active involvement on Board committees in addition to attending monthly Board meetings (.approx. 3-6 hrs per month)
• Foster teamwork and positive working relationships among board members and staff
• Prepare for and participate in discussions with the board
• In conjunction with all board members, monitor the effectiveness of WAG
• Accountable to donors and members for services provided and funds expended

Treasurer Roles and Responsibilities:

• Oversees the management of the finances of the organization, including the budget, as approved and reviewed by the Board and managed by the Executive Director.
• Ensures the keeping of clear and accurate financial records, reports, and returns as necessary to comply with the BC Societies Act and the Income Tax Act.
• Ensures financial policies and procedures are adhered to by Board and staff.
• Provides quarterly reports to the Board on the financial state of the organization, ensuring the Board understands the finances of the organization so that sound decisions can be made.
• Acts as a signing officer of the Board.
• Ensures current and acceptable financial practices are in place in the organization.
• Finalizes the financial statements of the organization and presents the statements at the Annual General Meeting in partnership with the Executive Director.

Treasurer skills and experience required:

• Current knowledge of accounting practices
• Accounting designation (or currently in progress)
• 4+ years of professional experience

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Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) is a not for profit animal shelter and rehabilitation center. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to homeless and lost dogs and cats in our community and to be advocates in finding their forever homes. We place a strong emphasis on rehabilitation, critical, and compassionate care.

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If you’re committed to making a difference in the lives of animals,  we’d love to hear from you.

Interested individuals are welcome to submit a resume, together with a letter that outlines your interest in joining the WAG Board to:

[email protected]

In Loving memory Jojo

WAG had another heartbreak this week, we said goodbye to our beloved Jojo.

The smallest details matter the most when sick animals are in our care. WAG noticed Jojo wasn’t acting like himself, thankfully Coast Mountain Veterinary Clinic was able to get him into the clinic to find out why he took a sudden decline. Unfortunately, Jojo came to WAG already in his senior years, as a diabetic senior, his health had its ups and downs. With the kindness and compassion of his primary vet team, WAG made the hard decision to let Jojo go peacefully, surrounded by his caregivers at WAG and Dr. Sola.

Jojo was a fan favorite at the shelter, a dapper old gentleman who loved everyone who came for a visit. He was feisty around feeding time, and loved to have some free time out of the cattery and assist the team with daily chores. Always accepting head pats and chin scratches, he was a gentle boy that had many young kids come for visits that loved his sweet eyes. He was a tolerant and understanding diabetic, always allowing the staff to administer insulin easily and weekly blood glucose testing.

While we are always the optimist bringing Critical Care animals into our care, this is the outcome we always hope to avoid.

Our dreams were always to find Jojo a forever home to retire in, or even a medical foster home that could keep him company. We know that while in our care, he was surrounded by love always. Rest in Peace Jojo, we hope you and Grace will keep company over the rainbow bridge.

If you are looking to help animals in need and can’t adopt, please consider becoming a medical foster home, if you can’t foster, donate to our Critical Care Fund so we can always help animals like Jojo.

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WAG’s Calendar Photo Contest 2022

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Back by popular demand, it's WAG's Calendar Photo Contest!

Take a picture of your cat or dog enjoying themselves on a Summer adventure, enter our photo contest, and you could WIN some amazing prizes!
Plus, this is your chance for bragging rights and to get your animal featured for the month of July in WAG's 2023 Calendar.

Have fun and be creative!

NOTE - new Etransfer email address

HOW TO ENTER:

Step 1: Make a minimum donation of $20.00 per photo via e-transfer to wag@whistlerwag.com. Make sure in the e-transfer notes you specify Summer Calendar Contest and your name.If you contribute anonymously we will not be able to confirm your donation. 

Step 2:  Submit your photo via email to [email protected]

Once your photo is received we will post it on our social media, so don't forget to follow along and check out the competing photos! @whistlerwag

Photo Rules:

  1. Photos must be Landscape position (otherwise we have to crop a bunch out if you get in the calendar!)
  2. Photos must be High Resolution (so they are not blurry when blown up to calendar size).

DEADLINE: July 31st at 3pm!

This could be YOUR pet!
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Prizes from:

Moguls Coffee House

Roland's Creekside Pub

Hollow Tree Candles

WOW Treats

See Ya Later Ranch wines

WAG Swag

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Some inspiration from previous years!

Spring Fling Online Auction for Critical Care Animals

Let's grow some funds for WAG's Critical Care animals at our Spring Fling Online Auction. In the first few months of 2022 WAG has already had over ten Critical Care Animals requiring extra vet visits and surgeries. From leg amputations, to urinary blockages to Diabetic senior cats, and many more, WAG has some expensive veterinary bills to cover. 100% of proceeds from this online auction will go directly to helping cover those costs.

Grab some sweet items and help those animals in the most need!

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Online Auction begins Sunday, May 15th at 10am.

Auction ends Monday, May 30th at 8pm.

THANK YOU to all our amazing donors!