A Shelter Full of Hope and Promise

About Us

Our Passion and Purpose

Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) was founded in 1982 when two friends identified the need for an animal rescue service in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. Since then, WAG has grown into a respected community asset. WAG is non-profit and registered charity that cares for and re-homes hundred of animals each year.

WAG also partners with the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) by tending to the impounded animals, and PAWS in Pemberton.

Whistler Animal Shelter

 WAG's animal shelter is located on Nesters Road, at the entrance to the Nesters recycling depot. Click Here for a Google map showing our location. The Whistler Animal Shelter is operated by Whistler Animals Galore, our non-profit society for lost and unwanted pets.

Our wonderful shelter facility is owned and maintained by the Resort Municipality of Whistler, who has generously welcomed us to use the space.

WAG is always in need of volunteers to help care for and exercise our guests, or for foster care.

Contact WAG at:
604-935-8DOG (935-8364)

Financial Statements

Our Guiding Principles

We all look forward to the day that our services are no longer needed. Until then, these principles guide how we treat each and every animal that comes through our shelter.



To provide a safe and nurturing environment to homeless and lost dogs and cats in our community and to be advocates in finding their forever homes.


Through education and awareness, create a safe and loving community for dogs, cats and people to enjoy together.




WAG is a leader in the community for promoting animal welfare through education, awareness and advocacy.


WAG is reaching out to our community and those around us to help find ways to make animal welfare possible for everyone. Through our assistance programs and educational children's programs, we strive to educate people how to be the best possible pet owners.

For all dogs within the sled dog industry, we promote the Sled Dog Code of Practice.


WAG is a cherished community asset that would not be possible without the unwavering support of its residents. We proudly share this asset with residents and visitors alike.



Our high standards of care for our animals comes at a price, in order to maintain these standards and achieve financial stability, fundraisers, community awareness and participation is a must. The pride with which our community takes in the shelter experience offers us the ability to sustain this unique shelter.


WAG is transparent and honest in its actions and communications to give our stakeholders a high level of confidence.


WAG Revenue & Expenses


financials-pugTotal revenue for 2009 was $182,000. and expenses totalled just over $200,000, representing a net loss of over $18,000. The loss was covered by our retained earnings, but it leaves us in a precarious position for future years. Factors attributing to this loss are the increasing costs of staffing as well as the exploding cost of vet care for the animals.As most animals admitted to the shelter require spaying or neutering, the current vet costs leave us at a net loss per animal, in comparison to our adoption fees. We are reluctant to raise adoption fees, as we would not longer be comparable to shelters such as the SPCA in Vancouver.Other shelters, such as the SPCA, are able to manage costs by having in-house medical staff to treat illnesses, as well as spay and neuter animals.


The major sources of revenue for WAG in 2009 continue to be:

  • RMOW Grants      33%
  •  Donations             22%
  •  Fundraisers          17%
  • Adoption Fees      11%

The remaining 17% of our revenue comes from a combination of grants from the SLRD (Squamish Lillooet Regional District), coin boxes, product sales, GST refund, boarding fees, and impound fees.

Please consider donating today to help us keep the shelter open.


About WAG Funding & Spending



The Regional Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) provides the building that Whistler Animals Galore currently occupies, as well as funding grants. In exchange, WAG provides animal bylaw services for the municipality.

In all, this only provides 28% of the funds WAG needs to perform its animal rescue mandate.

The remaining funds need to be raised from corporate and individual donors and sponsors, fundraising events and other local activities.


Comparing 2009 and 2010, the percentage of animals received from Mt. Currie is down by 15%, Whistler is up by 16%, and Pemberton remains the same. The percentage of dogs received from Mt. Currie is up by 1%, Whistler is up by 11%, and Pemberton remains the same. The percentage of cats received from Mt. Currie is down by 19%, Whistler is up by 25%, and Pemberton is the same.