Who we are

Rest.Q Animal Sanctuary is a registered non-profit charity that provides permanent housing to over 170 formerly abused, abandoned, and neglected animals. We are located on Galiano Island in British Columbia, Canada. We mostly serve the Southern Gulf Islands region including Galiano Island & Mayne Island.

Rest.Q is a volunteer-run organization that strives to provide exemplary care and a stable home to formerly unwanted pets and livestock.

Rest.Q’s mission is to:

  • provide permanent shelter to unwanted animals
  • provide temporary assistance to animals in need
  • educate the community and visitors about responsible animal stewardship.

Please consider supporting the animals at Rest.Q with a one-time donation or through the monthly sponsorship of one of the residents. Check out our Donate page for more information.

Rest.Q is a not-for-profit society under BC’s Societies Act and a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency (Charity No:  83035 9568 RR0001).


Rest.Q Animal Sanctuary has worked with and receives support from a number of outside agencies. We are particularly appreciative of the support we receive from the following groups:


Our Team

Vancouver Humane Society


Rest.Q is thankful for the support it receives from the Vancouver Humane Society (VHS). VHS is an animal welfare agency that promotes education aimed at reducing animal suffering. VHS has been especially helpful in supporting Rest.Q’s efforts to take in battery hens.

Some of our funders we say thankyou to:

Vancouver Foundation

BC Community Gaming Grant

PetSmart Charities

British Columbia SPCA

Paws for Hope

Joanna Pollard

I come from an animal crazy family – what chance did I stand?! My first birthday present – a kitten;  and for my 11th birthday present, a Life Membership to the Cat Protection League in the UK. It was upon moving to Galiano that it really sank in as to the need to help the feral and unwanted cats of the Island and so I founded GAIN (Galiano Animals in Need) and later amalgamated it with Mayne Island Rest.Q Sanctuary when the founders moved and it became Galiano RestQ.Sanctuary.  Working with  Dr. Tina Gemeinhardt at the Ark was another eye opener – a  vet willing to help these unwanted creatures by spaying and neutering and taking the kittens to be tamed and homed on the mainland. Then Dr. Elisabeth Jahren came on the scene and is carrying on where Tina left off. It is a privilege to help all animals in need here and everywhere.


Jenelle Cooper

Jenelle lives on Galiano and works at the ARK vet clinic with Dr Elisabeth Jahren. She shares her home with two adorable ragdoll cats and two foster special needs cats. Jenelle feeds feral cats on a daily basis and participates with animal care chores at the sanctuary. She is a committed animal rights advocate and believes in education as a tool to build community capacity for appropriate animal care and well-being.


Henry and Dr Lis Jahren

Elisabeth and Henry, our wonderful veterinarians (Henry sits on our board) graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1986. They moved to Mayne Island in 1996. Henry worked for the provincial government animal health department and Elisabeth opened up the Mayne island veterinary clinic. She also started a small satellite practice on Galiano shortly after. Both have been involved with assisting Rest.Q over the years, spaying and neutering many feral cats and rabbits looking after the needs of the many special patients that have come through .


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