Today my dog, partner and teammate, was tragically killed by a hunter 10 feet away from me. Her tragic end can be read here. Link
This story, however, is about the mark she will leave behind, about the stand that we will take along with our amazing team and our new centre. Campaign Initial GoalsGoal 1: Protection of Life
Extend the current No Hunting & No Shoot Zone from Squamish to Whistler.
(currently from North Vancouver to the entrance of Squamish) This would extend a 400m protection of life zone on either side of the highway.
- Make No Hunting signs and place them along the entire zone.
- Create interpretive signs educating people on the wonderful nature and animal life that surrounds us and incorporate Squamish Nation teachings- They were the first protectors.
Please sign the petition belowLinkGoal 2: Training a New Generation of Service Dog
Kaoru was used extensively at our centre to help countless children, people and everyday dogs. Valley and the Canine Valley team spent nearly 10,000 hours training her to become the awesome pack leader she was. She was a foundation of the services we offer. We will honour her memory and train a new service leader and continue to serve our community, it's our responsibility. Goal 3: Canine Valley 2.0
It's bittersweet, we were days away from announcing our new centre, exciting news that will allow us to help more people and pooches. Kaoru was instrumental in helping create that vision, to make our new centre a reality. With this tragedy now engrained in us, we will ramp up our efforts in our continual betterment of our community. We will establish Kaoru's Spirit Trail, an interpretive trail that will be taken around our new centre explaining what happens when people make a stand for what's right and the impact a voice has.Goal 4: The protection of Wolves
The hunting and killing of wolves in British Columbia require no special permits or tags, just a valid hunting license to kill. We do not know why the hunter shot Kaoru, an assumption was that he thought it was a wolf, even though wolf hunting is not permitted where she was killed, this brought to our attention the plight of the wolf and we will stand by them.This just happened, we are receiving many phone calls from all kinds of people offering help and support. We want to do this right and take our time and make the right decisions. We will keep you updated as the days past.
Thank-you for your awesome and amazing support, together we have already made a change, let's make it permanent and profound.
Canine Valley Team