Squamish Neighbourhood Animal Partnership & Protection Society (S.N.A.P.P.S.)
A registered Non-Profit Society of British Columbia
A First Nations Rescue run by Squamish First Nation members & partners.
S.N.A.P.P.S. was formed out of a necessity. Too many animals have gone without help for too long. Originally working in partnership with Pacific Animal Foundation [PAF], a North Vancouver based registered charity, SNAPPS has now taken the lead, bringing change to the pets, strays and ferals who reside on Squamish Nation Reserves. Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages encompassing 28.28 sq. km. These parcels of land are scattered from North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Gibson’s Landing, to the area north of Howe Sound. After much discussion relating to the problems of too many unwanted skwemaý and push [dogs and cats] on the reserves gave reason for serious concern and the need for a solution. Dogs have always played a significant role in the lives of our people. We relied upon them to help hunt, work, and provide food, wool and companionship. They were the subjects of our myths and legends passed down over generations. Today these same dogs (with cats included) are generally in poor health. There has always been an accepted way of life for these reserve, or ‘rez’ dogs, and cats, but the time has come to make a change in our attitude towards our fellow companions and promote responsible pet ownership. TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) is a humane program that is recognized around the world as being effective in reducing feline overpopulation in communities. SNAPPS has adopted this humane method of trapping feral cats. By working with the residents through education and direct experiences, we will be creating a better community for all. —
Thank you to Jody Broomfield, First Nations Award Winning Artist and Carver, for his donation of our logo. A design that he created for our program.