“Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. It’s……”
Okay. James Hooks may not be able to literally do all those things, but he is like Superman when it comes to animals.
When James isn’t rescuing a homeless cat in Germany to bring him back to a life of luxury in Canada with him, or recognizing a friend’s active puppy needing a home that is more conducive to the exercise and play it requires, he could be seen fostering and walking dogs for the BC SPCA Victoria Branch. When one of his furry walking friends wasn’t being adopted as quickly as he hoped, he made his way to the shelter to declare, “Today’s the day!” that is when he adopted Lulu and took her to her loving, forever home. Not only do they go everywhere together, they enjoy 10 kilometre hikes in the forest three times a week.
As a retired dog walker, James is more like 'Clark Kent' now… humble, doing things quietly with wonderful intentions, not wanting attention for any of it. He will drive to Wild ARC unannounced, to drop off a personal donation that will help with the wild animals in need of care. Kari Marks, Wild ARC Manager, states, “Mr. Hooks is a solid supporter. He’s one of those people who quietly go about helping our wild neighbours. A really nice man.”
When asked why he supports the BC SPCA, he explains simply, “I like what you do. The money goes where it’s supposed to go." He reveals that he saw the need, and it was the animals that desperately needed his support.
During his young life in Ireland, James always had a pet. He says that while growing up, he observed that people were “not so nice to animals.” Therefore, he pledged that when he got older he would do better for the animals. And James has. Over the years, he has adopted and provided a loving home for almost a dozen dogs and four cats from the BC SPCA, as well as another cat that someone no longer wanted. He would like to adopt a doggy friend for Lulu, but mentions, “…she wouldn’t allow it.”
Not only is he a longtime supporter, but James has also included the BC SPCA in his Will. He is leaving a legacy of caring and compassion for the animals.
He may not have a cape, but he is a Superman to the animals and the BC SPCA, and he’s our supporter of the month! We encourage branches to name homeless animals "Jimmy" this month in honour of James' incredible support.
For more information on our Generosity in Action program, please contact Stephanie Trimble, Manager, Philanthropy, Revenue Development 1-800-665-1868.