News & Events




Adoption Fair Weekend at Total Pet Oct 13-15/17

Come out and meet the animals available for adoption!

NWAS Annual Garage Sale - Saturday September 30! Update:

Update: We raised over $3,400 at this years garage sale. Thank you to all the generous people for donating garage sale items, and everyone who came to the sale and supported companion animals in the Bulkley Valley! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out on this massive project, especially Jean, Lorna, Tracy, Karin, Grant and Joanne, Brandy, Joanne, Nicole, Kyle, Darrel, Emily, Werner and Leanne, Alex and Scott. Thanks to all those who dropped off items, then stayed to help. We could not do what we do without the support of the wonderful community we live in!

Bulkley Valley Insurance BBQ Fundraiser - Thanks so much!

Thanks to Bulkley Valley Insurance Services (BVIS) for organizing a fundraiser BBQ for the NWAS! We received a much needed $1,375 from this event.

Thank You Total Pet!

Store manager Janet and Kathy presented the NWAS with a cheque for $1,662.23, raised during their Pet Appreciation month last April!

Wetzin’kwa Community Grant

In 2013 the NWAS received a grant from the Wetzin'Kwa Community Forest Corporation to construct an Isolation/Wash Unit, where at risk animals can be segregated and animals cleaned as needed. The Community Grant Program was established to distribute profits from the operation of the Wetzin'kwa Community Forest tenure back into the community.

Royal Bank Day of Service - they aren’t kidding!

NWAS was the recipient of the Royal Bank Day of Service grant! On June 1, 9 volunteers came to the shelter to work, and did they ever! Grass was cut, slash loaded on a trailer, painting, fencing, and general cleanup. A big thank you to Tara, Raeleen, Lisa, Tina, Shawn, Ian, Adele, Don and Ada - pictured above with Tooley, NWAS dog available for adoption.

Mansi’s Story - A small dog in need

Mansi came into NW's care on Feb 4th, mat bound and scared after a number of winter months running loose in the country unable to be caught. Sadly her litermate disappeared, probably the victim of predators. Mansi spent a full month in foster care rebuilding her confidence and getting back to who she really is.

Roscoe’s Story

Roscoe came into our care with an old injury to his front leg that was not going to be an easy fix. It was suggested that extensive physiotherapy, including water therapy, might help, so we decided it would be best to get him south where there were more resources available. We, and more importantly Roscoe, had an amazing advocate agree to accept him into care.

Shelter property progress report

The NWAS had an exceptionally busy summer and fall 2012, developing the shelter property and moving our portable kennels and fencing out. Much work had to be done, from clearing trees, leveling the property, putting in the water line and hydro. The kennel buildings were moved to the property, as was the Atco trailer purchased last spring

Steti Transport donates gravel and sand to the Shelter!

A big thank you to Steffen Apperloo of Steti Transport for donating multiple loads of sand a gravel to the shelter property this fall!

Smithers Rugby Club scrums for the Animals!

The Smithers Rugby Club helped out at the shelter property clearing slash, stumps and firewood. A BIG thank you to Martin Hughes, Deric Belke, Cheryl Gilbert, Matt Mazurek and Ben Harris for volunteering! A lot was accomplished in one afternoon (would have taken us a looooong time smile

Garage Sale Wrap 2012

Thank you to everyone who helped us with the garage sale. We made well over $3000.00 again this year. A huge thanks to those who donated and dropped by the sale, and all the volunteers that helped out! Rayla helped out again, raising almost $400 for the cause with her donation bucket! She certainly deserved her rest.

NWAS buys property: Press Release

SMITHERS, B.C (June 21, 2012) - The Northwest Animal Shelter Society is one step closer to its goal of opening a permanent animal shelter in the Smithers area. They recently closed on the purchase of two parcels of land, equaling nearly 10 acres of property. The new site is within easy driving distance from Smithers, has road access, is fully serviced and has the required zoning for a shelter.

CAAT in Burns Lake 2012 Report

Rescue groups all over the province, the country and the world are inundated with homeless animals. The number of dogs and cats who are rehomed each year in BC alone is staggering. Thousands of dedicated people spend countless hours catching, feeding, vet checking, socializing, training, advertising, spaying/neutering and housing neglected animals