regional animal protection society

The RAPS Difference


The “RAPS Model” of sustainable, community-supported, no-kill animal care rests on a holistic approach that incorporates shelters, sanctuaries, not-for-profit vet care, education, advocacy and social enterprise.

The Regional Animal Protection Society has, over more than a quarter-century, developed a sector-leading framework for sustainable, no-kill animal care.

The foundational promise undergirding everything RAPS does is our no-kill ethos:

Under our care, no animal is ever euthanized due to lack of space, treatable illness, physical defect, age, or behavioural or socialization issues.

The RAPS difference is our no-kill promise.

We define “no-kill” far more strictly than almost any other animal organization. Some agencies say they do not euthanize healthy animals.

At RAPS, we do not euthanize unhealthy animals! We rehabilitate them and ensure they live their best lives regardless of their illness, injury or issues.

Saving the lives of animals – and then ensuring they are nurtured for the rest of their lives – requires a powerful infrastructure that includes sanctuaries and shelters (do you know the difference? Learn more here!), as well as fostering.

To keep our promise, we depend on our community for support, not only by donating directly to our work, but by patronizing our social enterprise thrift stores and our community-owned, not-for-profit RAPS Animal Hospital.

With these diversified revenue sources in place, we can deliver our programs and services directly to animals, as well as advocating on their behalf and educating the public about animals and issues that matter to them.

By making veterinary care more affordable, we help reduce “economic euthanasia.”

And we can share our “RAPS Model” of sustainable, no-kill animal care with other agencies around the world so that we can reduce and, ideally, eliminate euthanasia.

Sanctuary resident “Ranger,” photo by Karen Nicholson

Sanctuary resident “Winston” (above), photo by Marla Jenkins
Dog photo (below) by Michele Wright, Furry Friends Photography