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News Category: Pet care, behaviour, prevention and education

BC SPCA applauds Vancouver Aquarium on voluntary acceptance of cetacean ban

January 18, 2018

The BC SPCA is applauding the Vancouver Aquarium’s decision to accept a ban against cetaceans in captivity. “We are pleased to see the Vancouver Aquarium has acknowledged the shift in people’s opinion as research continues to mount on the complexity of cetaceans,” says Dr. Sara Dubois, chief scientific officer for the BC SPCA. “We are …

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BC SPCA urges B.C. veterinarians to ban feline declawing

January 17, 2018

The BC SPCA is calling on the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) to enact a ban on feline declawing, a practice that the non-profit animal welfare society says causes unnecessary pain and suffering for cats. “For nearly two decades the BC SPCA has been on record opposing procedures such as declawing, tail docking, …

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BC SPCA’s Penticton Veterinary Hospital promotes fear-free approach

January 11, 2018

Does your pet dread going to the vet? The BC SPCA is hoping to make vet visits happier and less stressful for pets and their guardians by integrating a new approach to handling and caring for animals called Fear Free. The Fear-Free program has been launched at the BC SPCA’s Penticton Veterinary Hospital and will …

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Frustrated at not finding pet-friendly housing? BC SPCA tool kits can help

Cute tired dalmatian lying on a couch indoors with a blanket over them
January 10, 2018

It’s no secret that finding pet-friendly housing in B.C. – especially in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland – can be difficult. In 2017 alone, 1,704 animals – on average, about five pets per day – were surrendered into BC SPCA care by people who said housing issues forced them to give up their pet. “About …

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Gentle giant on road to recovery in Maple Ridge

January 9, 2018

Warning: The following story contains graphic images Handsome, an emaciated mastiff rescued from a property in Hope in a joint effort by RCMP and the BC SPCA Dec. 20, is on the road to recovery at the Maple Ridge BC SPCA Branch. When he came into BC SPCA care, Handsome had a body condition score …

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New grant will address cat overpopulation in Salmon Arm

January 3, 2018

Cat guardians in Salmon Arm are getting a helping hand thanks to a PetSmart Charities™ of Canada grant to subsidize spay/neuter surgeries for owned cats. The $62,000 grant will provide spay/neuter surgeries for 350 cats in the city and start to tackle cat overpopulation in an area desperately in need of intervention. “We are thrilled …

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Winning: Your support is helping the BC SPCA win against cruelty

January 2, 2018

British Columbians are passionate about supporting the BC SPCA in fighting animal cruelty and improving animal welfare – and we’ve seen what a difference that support makes, especially in the final months of 2017. In December, the City of Vancouver banned the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits, following a similar move by the …

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Santa ‘Paws’ helps make the season bright for DTES pets

December 22, 2017

The most famous elf of all made an appearance at Charlie’s Food Bank Dec. 21, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Santa ‘Paws’ showed up at the once-a-week- pet food bank that serves low-income clients in the area to help bring joy to furry, four-legged area residents. “Who doesn’t want a visit from Santa? Our furry …

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Yukon the dog reunited with U.S. family in a ‘Christmas miracle’

December 11, 2017

It took a whole community of animal lovers to help reunite an American army officer with his dog, Yukon, just in time for Christmas. Restationed to Alaska, Jeff Hayes was making his way to the northern state from Alabama Nov. 9, with his brother-in-law and four-year-old husky mix Yukon following, when the troops stopped at …

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Animal cruelty charges laid in case of severe flea infestation

December 11, 2017

Lantzville resident Gary Kenneth Bob, the owner of a dog who nearly died from a massive flea infestation earlier this year, has been charged with one count of animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The condition of the dog, a senior terrier named Rascal, was so dire it prompted the BC …

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