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News Category: Pet care, behaviour, prevention and education

Online Buy, Sell & Trade site takes stand against unscrupulous pet breeders

August 7, 2013

The fight against puppy mills and other unscrupulous animal breeders has taken a giant leap forward with a decision by the owners of Buy, Sell & Trade to remove the posting of private pet ads. “One of the most direct ways that puppy mill operators stay in business is through newspaper and online ads, and …

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BC SPCA supports a review of dangerous dog legislation to close gaps

July 30, 2013

The BC SPCA has reached out to the B.C. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to support a review of Section 49 of the Community Charter, entitled special powers in relation to dangerous dogs. The BC SPCA feels it is important to provide a voice to dogs around the province who have been confined …

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New Research Highlights Plight of Pet Store Puppies

May 16, 2013

Common knowledge tells us that dogs coming from commercial breeders through pet stores are not ideal candidates for lifetime companions. New research published this month in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (McMillan et al, 2013)now confirms what many people have long suspected: the first few months of a puppy’s upbringing strongly influences …

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Vancouver SPCA introduces cat portals, increases welfare for shelter cats

November 8, 2012

Vancouver SPCA introduces cat portals, increases welfare for shelter cats During late October, the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch underwent an exciting renovation to its cat housing facilities which included the installation of new “cat portals.” By installing PVC portals between adjacent cages, the Vancouver SPCA has now converted all single stainless steel cages into double …

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BC SPCA uses legacy to provide spay/neuter grants to B.C. communities

August 1, 2012

The BC SPCA is launching a new spay/neuter grant competition that will help communities across British Columbia address the tragedy of pet overpopulation. Through a $75,000 legacy from a compassionate BC SPCA donor who was concerned about the suffering of homeless cats, the SPCA will be distributing grants of $2,500, $5,000 and $7,500 to municipalities …

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Victoria resident charged with animal cruelty after flea-infested cat dies

July 24, 2012

A Victoria woman whose cat died after suffering from heavy flea infestation has been charged with animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Maureen Silva makes her first court appearance on Aug. 29. A veterinarian was called to attend Ms. Silva’s three-year-old Persian cat Princess earlier this …

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BC SPCA launches innovative online “Lost and Found” site

January 9, 2012

The BC SPCA is excited to announce the launch of an innovative new online pet search site that will help reunite thousands of lost pets with their anxious families. In addition to featuring photos and descriptions of lost animals in care in all BC SPCA shelters, the public will be able to post their own …

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Owners ordered to spay breeding dog with hereditary eye condition

March 24, 2010

A presa canario’s breeding days are over, after a judge ordered a Sooke couple convicted of animal cruelty to spay their dog. The order came after Dwight Fengstad and Anna McIntyre failed to seek veterinary care for their dog’s painful eye condition. “Tika was diagnosed with entropion, a hereditary medical condition in which the eyelid …

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Chained/Tethered Dogs Advocacy Campaign Goes Provincial

October 23, 2009

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has launched a provincewide education campaign to raise awareness about the plight of chained, backyard dogs.”Every year SPCA animal protection officers respond to hundreds of calls about dogs who are chained or tethered in backyards,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community …

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