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Caring for & re-homing cats & dogs in need

Established in 1982, Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) was born from the vision of two compassionate individuals who recognized the urgent need for an animal rescue service in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. Over the years, WAG has evolved into a cornerstone of our community, offering a wide range of services and unique programs aimed at improving the lives of animals in need.
We are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating animals in need. Our shelter provides a safe haven for rescue animals, where they receive the care and attention they deserve while they await their forever home through our adoption process.

Our mission

Whistler Animals Galore is a not for profit animal shelter and rehabilitation center.


Our mission is 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.


We place a strong emphasis on rehabilitation, critical, and compassionate care.

Our vision

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

Our values

Promote Animal Welfare

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 volunteer 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.

Community Perception

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.

Sustaining the Organization

Our high standards of care for our animals does not come for free. 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.


Animal welfare

WAG strives to maintain an extremely high standard of care for our animals. We place a strong focus on providing training, a safe and decompressing environment, enrichment, and medical care to our animals while they wait to find their Forever Homes. We are advocates of Positive Reinforcement Training techniques and strive to educate the public about animal welfare.



Enrichment and decompression play a critical role in supporting the lives of our animals. Shelter environments can be stressful. Many of the animals that come into our care have experienced trauma, whether physical, emotional, or simply the distress of homelessness. It is of utmost importance to us to assist our animals in adjusting at their own pace and to help them find joy, love, and peace in their daily routines.


Critical Care

This program provides medical treatment to those animals that have no one else to care for them. This medical treatment includes anything above and beyond the routine medical care that all WAG animals receive, such as vaccines, parasite control, and spay/neuter surgeries.



At WAG, we often encounter animals that require some extra care before they're ready for adoption. This care might involve recovering from injuries or surgeries, or undergoing behaviour modification to build their confidence. Our primary focus has always been on the physical and emotional rehabilitation of these animals, many of whom have experienced trauma in their lives.


Compassionate Care

WAG welcomes all animals at all stages of life. Our Compassionate Care animals often have long-term health issues, behavioural issues, are seniors, or palliative care cases. WAG provides them with the care, training, and love that they need.

WAG funding

The Resort 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, which includes taking care of impounded dogs, identifying owners and contacting them, recording the input and release of the animal, and taking payment.


For this service, the RMOW provides partial funding WAG needs to perform its animal rescue mandate.


The remaining funding needs to be raised through donations, sponsorships, fundraising events, campaigns, merchandise, and more.


WAG is incredibly grateful for the continued support from the Resort Municipality of Whistler. With the fee for service funding that the RMOW generously provides to WAG we are able to offer animal welfare education and resources to our community, help homeless animals find their forever homes and help reunite lost and found animals in our community.


PLEASE NOTE: WAG and the RMOW are separate identities. WAG does not control the Whistler bylaws - our staff is there to give your pet love while they stay safe at WAG. Please remember to treat us with respect when you come to claim your animal, and all comments or complaints can be made to Whistler Bylaw at 604-935-8280.


WAG staff do not have the power to change or reduce impound or license fees.


Please follow the Whistler By-laws! Keep your dog on a leash on municipal property and make sure all your pets have proper ID so they can be immediately identified if found.

Whistler Animal Galore Annual Reports:

Board of directors

Welcome to the heart of WAG, where our Board of Directors stands as a united team of devoted community members. Each member shares a passion 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.

Our responsibilities

  • Committed to the mission and values of WAG.

  • Knowledge and understanding of WAG policies, procedures, and programs.

  • Active participant in WAG's fundraisers, events and campaigns as well as other volunteer opportunities at WAG.

  • Awareness and ability to refrain from conflicts of interest.

  • Act as an ambassador for WAG to the community.

  • Foster teamwork and positive working relationships among board members and staff.

  • In conjunction with all board members, monitor the effectiveness of WAG.

  • Accountable to donors and members for services provided and funds expended.

Meet the team

Meet our passionate team dedicated to providing a safe and caring haven for homeless dogs and cats in our community. As advocates, we work tirelessly to ensure these animals find their forever homes. Get to know the personalities shaping WAG's future.

WAG sponsors

Without the support of sponsors and partners, our events, programs, and animals would not thrive. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to these invaluable contributors who make it possible for us to fulfill our mission and make a positive impact in the lives of our animals. 
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BLUE SQUARE: $1,000+

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Happy Tails

Meet some of our alumni who have gone on to their forever homes. If you have a WAG animal and would like to share their story, please send a photo and a short paragraph to our adoptions team.

WAG application forms

Apply online today to adopt an animal currently in our care.

Apply to house an animal in need until their forever home in found.

Allow us to guide you through this challenging time.

Help is always welcome at WAG, start the volunteer process by applying today!

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