Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Help us create an event for real change

Thanks to an Animal Welfare Grant from the City of Vancouver, HugABull will be hosting a remarkable event on Thursday, September 9 (please note date change). Bill Bruce, the visionary behind Calgary's dog legislation - the most humane, the most profitable, and the most effective in Canada - will be our keynote speaker!

We need a lot of help putting this event together in a short time frame, and we're seeking volunteers to join our event planning committee. Duties may include phone calls, emails, correspondence, event logistics, managing RSVPs, and helping out on event day.

We would ask that you could commit a minimum of four hours a week up until September 20th. Most of this work can be done on your own schedule, and from home, but ideally you will be available for occasional meetings or activities in the Greater Vancouver area, and for the event itself.

There will be plenty of opportunities to volunteer for individual tasks, or on the day of the event, so if you can't join the committee, there are plenty of other ways you can help! Please email if you are interested and looking for an unforgettable (and fun) summer project.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

HugABull the Movie

Derick Groves, a very talented filmmaker in Victoria, shot and produced this short film about pit bull misconceptions and abuse, and what HugABull is doing to help.

Derick and his partner Michelle were foster parents for HugABull almost two years ago, until their strata council decided not to allow pit bulls in their building. While they were disappointed and angry, they decided to find other ways to help, and Derick applied his considerable talent and hours of time to our cause.

We think he did an amazing job, and we challenge you to watch this short film without a tear in your eye. Enjoy, and please share it widely!

Thanks also to Monica and Tom, Lisa and John, Jeff and everyone else who participated in filiming.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pet Talent Show and Fundraiser on July 18

As we sign adoption papers and receive final vet bills from the 23 seized dogs from Surrey it becomes clear that fundraising is still urgently needed.

Luckily, we have many creative and dedicated fundraisers on our side, helping to make a dent in the large costs associated with this rescue. Like the SFU students behind Project4Pets, a group with a mission to raise awareness of animal cruelty issues and to promote a culture that values pets and animals.

Project4Pets will be hosting Talented Tails, a pet talent show and celebration on Sunday, July 18 near Commercial Drive in East Vancouver. There will be prizes and gift bags along with a spectrum of family friendly events – a barbeque, bake sale, face painting and tons of information and resources for pet owners of all breeds.

What makes it even better? All proceeds are directed to HugABull to cover vet care for dogs like Knoxx, below. Once a tiny, neglected and sick puppy, he's now thriving in a great home and even gets to go camping!

Event Details

July 18, 2010
12:00pm – 6:00pm (talent show at 1:00pm)
Britannia High School’s Tennis Courts
1001 Cotton Drive, Vancouver

Admission: $5 in advance and $7 at the door
Registration fees for talented pets: $10 in advance and $15 at the door

For more information on the event, visit