Helping Pets In Need On Vancouver Island

Balfour’s Friends Foundation (BFF) provides financial aid for low-income pet owners on Vancouver Island, to help their sick and injured pets receive essential veterinary care and stay together with their families.

Senior woman enjoying time with her little dog at home.
Who we are

Helping Low-Income Pet Owners with Vet Bills

Since 2012, BFF has raised and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars across Vancouver Island to help low-income individuals such as seniors, persons with disabilities and single parents pay for essential veterinary care.

BFF is a registered charity. We are 100% volunteer-based and rely on fundraising, donations and grants. We are committed to keeping our administrative costs to a bare minimum so that almost all of the funds we raise go directly to pay for veterinary care.

For Vets

Find information about our program and application form here.

For Pet Owners

Learn more about who we help and how to access our services.


Got a question? We've got answers! Check out our most frequently asked questions.

Our Impact

Pets We Have Helped

These are just a few of the hundreds of pets helped by Balfour’s Friends!


What People are Saying About Us

Read the testimonials below to see first-hand accounts of the positive impact our services have had.

“I am an emergency veterinarian and have seen at least three cases benefit from Balfour's Friends' help with medical expenses. Today, Balfours’ contribution literally made the difference between life and death for my patient. You make such a difference in people's lives, giving hope where there is very little, and some relief in very dark times. Thank you, on behalf of all the furry creatures that you help.”

Dr. Petra Vos Emergency Veterinarian

“Recently, Balfour’s Friends Foundation responded quickly and generously to cover the costs of a vet appointment for one of my clients whose dog had become acutely ill. Without their support, my client may have had to surrender his dog. Thanks to Balfour’s, my client and his companion continue to live together, which is the best therapy my client could ask for.

Adam Newton Registered Social Worker

“We cannot thank you enough for your donation towards Izzy’s broken leg. It means the world to us! She had to have a special surgeon to do the operation as it was a complicated surgery. We wouldn't have been able to bring her home without you. She's doing very well. She is here with us and on the mend and I am forever grateful. She is my best friend!”

Izzy’s Mom BFF Client
Our Primary Fundraiser


Our popular “Officers on Pawtrol” and “Firefighters & Friends” calendars are our primary fundraiser! In each calendar, local police officers and firefighters pose with their personal pets. 

2024 calendars are now available for purchase! Click the button below to purchase online or for a list of sales locations on Vancouver Island.

Balfour's Friends Firefighters and Friends Calendar 2024
Balfour's Friends 2024 Police Calendar Officers on Pawtrol
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