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Board of Directors

Victoria Humane Society is a registered charity that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Executive Director Penny Stone is a veteran animal welfare champion.

Penny Stone

Executive Director

Penny Stone is the founder of Victoria Humane Society and has a wealth of experience in the area of animal rescue coupled with heroic passion for animals that inspires and guides our organization and its many volunteers. After 10 years with the BCSPCA, Penny joined the Whistler Sled Dog Company — an organization that helped to find forever homes for the remaining dogs that were abandoned after a horrible massacre in 2010. In November 2013, together with many like minded individuals, Penny started Victoria Humane Society.

Rena Tiemer


A committed advocate for animals, Rena has spent several years volunteering with various animal rescue organizations prior to joining the Victoria Humane Society board. She is the proud guardian of four rescued pets. Rena is a partner in an accounting firm and brings accounting and tax experience to VHS. Rena is the Treasurer for VHS.

Sandi Piano


Sandi first fell in love with cats as a young child. She has extensive experience volunteering with both cats and dogs at local shelters. Through this work, she developed a love for dogs after bonding with a pair of 10-year-old German Shepherd crosses that she eventually adopted. Sandi leads the adoption application process and events coordination at VHS.

Marie Zirk


Marie Zirk is a communications professional who has supported the VHS through fundraising and fostering. Since she kept her last two fosters, she has joined the board to stay involved with a cause she cares deeply about. A fan of all animals, especially dogs, Marie has a great interest in animal behaviour and offers expertise in events, communications, and marketing.

Bhavi Tathgar


Bhavi has had a lifelong love for dogs, but only recently fell in love with cats courtesy of his Bengal cat Lynx - he now splits his love for cats and dogs evenly. He has enjoyed volunteering with several organizations in the community over the years before joining the Victoria Humane Society board. Bhavi is an associate lawyer at a firm in Victoria and brings his legal experience to the Victoria Humane Society

You are the lifeblood of our work on behalf of animals.

You are the lifeblood of our work on behalf of animals.

As a non-profit organization, the Victoria Humane Society depends entirely on donations from kind-hearted people like you. Every month, we rescue literally dozens of dogs and cats, and sometimes other small animals, many from horrific circumstances such as neglect, starvation and abuse. The associated costs of rescue are significant, from arranging transportation for the animals out of remote communities and into our care, to emergency medical bills to save animals lives, to spay and neuter costs, vaccinations, hospitalizations, medications and on-going food costs and incidentals. Monthly and one-time donors are literally our most critical form of support. We thank you for donating what you can today.

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