RAPS in the Media

Proposed animal hospital to help fund animal care

RAPS hopes more independence will mean more animal sanctuaries

The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS) announced Tuesday (April 25) a significant shift in the organization’s direction that has the potential to get a lot of tails wagging in delight.

According to RAPS’ CEO and executive director, Eyal Lichtmann, the organization is on its way to a self-sufficient and hopefully financially independent future with plans to open its own veterinary hospital that will not only look after animals under RAPS’ care, but provide a service for paying customers.

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B.C.-based dog whisperer to rehab Great Dane rescued by 9/11 first responder

To understand a dog, James Tsai starts with the eyes.

“I can see the depth of their soul,” said Tsai, of the photos owners have sent him, asking for his advice on their canine companions.

After inspecting the eyes, Tsai moves on to the dog’s face and then examines the body, their muscles, how they carry themselves. Without meeting a dog in person and simply by searching for visual clues, Tsai says he’s about 80-per-cent accurate in determining a dog’s temperament, their personality, what ailments they struggle with and how best to nurture the dog.

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Dog burned in Richmond fire healing, but needs months of care

A dog who received severe burns to her face, belly and paws last month in Richmond is recovering well, but still needs months of care.

raps isabelle burnsIsabelle, a pit bull terrier mix, was stuck inside the trailer she’d been staying in when it went up in flames the week before Christmas. She eventually found her way out, but received second- and third-degree burns as a result.

Her case was “one of the most severe” a Richmond Animal Hospital veterinarian had ever seen, the vet told CTV News in December, adding that it was remarkable that the dog had survived at all.

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Isabelle – Definitely a fighter

Protection society raising money for dog injured in fire

raps isabelle burnsIsabelle is “definitely a fighter,” her veterinarian says, but the pit bull terrier mix needs help after being badly burned in a fire.

The injured pup received second- and third-degree burns the week before Christmas when the trailer she’d been staying in went up in flames.

Two dogs were caught in the Dec. 20 fire. One escaped with minor injuries, but Isabelle was initially trapped. Eventually, she managed to escape the wreckage, but she was left with burns on her paws, belly, chest and face.

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Update: Burned pit-bull getting better

Isabelle is responding to treatment but is still in intensive care at specialist clinic

Isabelle-News-Thumbnail-2She’s going the right way but is still in serious condition in intensive care.

Isabelle the pit-bull is slowly, but surely fighting back to health after suffering second-degree burns in a devastating trailer fire before Christmas.

She was initially receiving urgent care at the Richmond Animal Hospital for severe injuries on her paws, belly, chest and face in the Dec. 20 blaze in rural East Richmond.

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Richmond animal shelter launches appeal to help burned dog

Pit-bull Isabelle faces long fight ahead after suffering second-degree burns sustained in trailer blaze

isabelle burnsRichmond’s animal shelter is asking for donations to help continue a dog’s fight for survival after it was badly burned in a trailer fire.

The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS) has been looking after pit-bull terrier Isabelle, who suffered second degree burns to her paws, belly, chest and face during the blaze at her owner’s trailer in the 17,000 block of River Road — near No. 8 Road — just before midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

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Rabbit rescuers to
the rescue in Richmond

With Easter approaching, Cindy Howard and her gang are speaking up for the gentle creatures who can't speak for themselves

jinglesPedro’s hind quarters start to shimmy and shake to some rhythm imperceptible to human senses.

But by looking at the quivering of his downy grey fur you quickly get the idea that the chunk of banana he is happily feasting on has likely got something to do with his delightful jig.

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Growing pains

Richmond animal shelter taking leap of faith into the future

GrowingPains-IconRAPS’ new CEO says charity must change, grow, as it enters its 10th year of City of Richmond contract

Composed and unhurried, Eyal Lichtmann finds the comfy, red faux leather armchair in a quiet corner of Waves Coffee House on No. 3 Road and Westminster Highway.

Moments earlier, Lichtmann had been thrust in front of yet another TV camera to field questions about a dog called Yogi, in the care of the Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS), who is seemingly on death row after a mauling incident last week in a local park.

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Operating daily in
Richmond's no-Kill zone

Richmond Animal Shelter lives and breathes by its policy to keep animals alive if they have a chance of being fit and healthy

NoKill-IconSixty-eight cats, 77 rabbits, 25 small creatures, four farmyard dwellers and 122 dogs, 106 of which currently reside in foster homes across Richmond.

As the News and members of the public petted their way around the Richmond Animal Protection Society’s shelter (RAPS), it’s clear the animals come in many shapes and sizes; some young, some old, some who’ll eventually find a new home; many who won’t.

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For the love of animals

In the heart of Richmond’s farmland, well back from a busy road, sit a few trailers and assorted small buildings, all enclosed by a chain-linked fence.

LoveofAnimals-IconA solitary car, covered in frost on a January morning, is in the parking lot. It looks abandoned, but it’s not – it belongs to 86-year-old Elizabeth Bodnarik, who’s been here since 5:30 a.m. looking after about 500 homeless cats that live here at the Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS) cat sanctuary.

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50 dogs abandoned at Metro Vancouver animal shelters

Several cages containing 38 small dogs were ditched overnight in the parking lot of the Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS).

50Abandoned-IconMETRO VANCOUVER — A Richmond animal shelter staff’s hands and arms are full after an anonymous donor dropped off more than three dozen dogs and puppies overnight on Friday, while in New Westminster, a security guard found 12 dogs abandoned outside the animal shelter.

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Tales of starvation and neglect prompt Richmond to consider new rules to prohibit pet dumping

Owners who abandon pets tough to convict under B.C. law

PetDumping-IconThe evidence of his neglect caused injuries show on Coconut, a cat found abandoned in the bushes off the Shell Road trail trapped inside a pet carrier more than a month ago. The abandoned pet has had several surgeries as he recovers at the Richmond Animal Protection Society facility Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Richmond, B.C.

The only reason the white Persian cat, described as “tame and lovable,” survived was because nearby berry pickers in Richmond heard his wailing.

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