RICHMOND – The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS) has received a $52,000 community gaming grant from the B.C. government.

“The society provides exceptional care to vulnerable animals in our community,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “A big thank-you to the staff and volunteers who protect the pets in our lives from harm and help them thrive.”

“These animals have been rescued from starvation, injury, disease, and a shortened life due to these and other hazards,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “These funds will go a long way to ensuring a happier life for these creatures.”

“The RAPS sanctuary provides a safe, permanent home to more than 700 animals,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “This grant will help the society continue to offer them warm, compassionate care.”

These grants are awarded under the Environment category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Sport, Arts & Culture, Public Safety, and Human and Social Services.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at