Compassionate Pet Boarding Program

Victoria Women’s Transition House is excited to launch a Compassionate Pet Boarding Program for the pets of women and children fleeing intimate partner violence and abuse. While we know that there is a link between intimate partner abuse and animal abuse, VWTH does not have the means to house companion animals at our Emergency Shelter. This leaves many women facing the difficult decision to either leave their pets behind or remain in the abusive environment. Sadly, many victims stay in an abusive home for fear of subjecting their pets to continued abuse, if left behind. Equally disturbing, animals are often left with their abusers to face torture or even death.

Women in an abusive home with pets may not leave their abuser because:

  1. They often cannot take their pet into a shelter with them and their children and;
  2. They worry for their pet’s safety if they proceed to a shelter and leave their pet in an abusive home.
  3. Knowing a woman’s concern for the pet, an abusive partner may use this against her – threatening or abusing the animal directly.

VWTH wants to eliminate as many barriers as possible to help women to make change in their lives and to leave an abusive partner. To help with this, we have launched the VWTH Compassionate Pet Boarding Program in partnership with our local SPCA.

To support this initiative, you can make an online donation or call our Community Office at 250.592.2927.

Soup Sisters

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, the Soups Sisters’ soup-making sessions, in partnership with Camosun College, are on hold. Please check back here in the Spring of 2021 for a further update. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to more soup-making sessions for our Shelter and our clients, when it is safe to do so. Thank you for your support!

Soup Sisters is a volunteer group that hosts monthly, social, soup-making evenings at Camosun College’s Interurban Campus to produce approximately 150-250 nourishing and nurturing servings of fresh soup for the Victoria Women’s Transition House shelter. In addition to making soup for the Shelter, each Soup Sisters evening includes lively conversation, chopping, laughter and a warm kitchen camaraderie that culminates in a simple, sit-down supper of soup, salad, bread and wine for all participants. Participation fee is $65 per person. Events are scheduled once a month on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and can accommodate 16 to 24 participants. Extra events for corporate team building, staff appreciation, to celebrate milestone birthdays or other festivities can be arranged, on request.

For more information or to book a soup making event contact

OR go to the Bookings page now to find a date that works for you.

More information on volunteering as a Soup Sister Host Volunteer, HERE.

Christmas Hamper Program

Are you looking for ways to spread some cheer this Holiday Season?

Every year, Victoria Women’s Transition House organizes the VWTH Christmas Hamper Program. This initiative gives women, with or without children, who have accessed our services in the past year, the opportunity to create a wish list of items that will help give them comfort and joy during the Holidays.

Sign up to be a Hamper Donor and we will match you, your company or group, with a VWTH client family or individual. Our clients include single women, single moms of young children or teenagers and older women.

Interested? Please complete our online Hamper Application Form for Donors. Upon receipt of your donation form, we will contact you to provide additional information including your matched client/family, their Christmas wish list and information and guidelines.

Christmas Hamper “Weekend” typically takes place during the first week of December at our Community Office.

For more information, please contact our Community Office, 250-592-2927.

To support this initiative, you can make an online donation or call our Community Office at 250.592.2927.