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A guide to helping outdoor animals

November 1, 2016

Concerned about a neighbour’s dog or cat that you see outside? Maybe the animal is tied up, or doesn’t have a place to hide from the rain? You’re not alone. Last year, BC SPCA Animal Protection Officers (APOs) responded to 573 calls about tethered animals, and another 725 calls about animals not having any shelter. …

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Helping homeless animals: Applications now being accepted for BC SPCA grant

November 1, 2016

Pirate was born into a community cat colony with just one eye. Smaller than her littermates and not getting the proper nutrition, she got the help she needed thanks to a BC SPCA grant. “The BC SPCA Community Animal Spay/Neuter Grant was paramount in addressing cat overpopulation in our community,” says Tristin Zimmer, administrator of …

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Fix your cat for free in Cranbrook: Last chance to take advantage of grant

October 26, 2016

It was a rainy October morning when a tiny, four-week-old kitten was spotted, wet, muddy, and huddling against a building for warmth. She is one of the community cats in Cranbrook’s cat colonies. Fortunately, she was scooped up by BC SPCA staff and brought into a warm foster home. She is one of the lucky …

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Community cats find hope through BC SPCA Kamloops TNR Program

October 16, 2016

In honour of National Feral Cat Day on Oct. 16, the BC SPCA is recognizing the many volunteers and staff dedicated to reducing overpopulation across B.C.  A great example of this can be found at the Kamloops Branch, where there is a small but mighty team of devoted colony caretakers.  As recipients of the BC …

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Show your support for stronger animal cruelty laws

September 23, 2016

Bill C-246, the Modernizing Animal Protections Act, is headed for a vote in parliament again on September 28, 2016. “The bill could ban shark fin importation, the imporatation of cat and dog fur and make changes to the Criminal Code of Canada that could help the BC SPCA and other animal welfare societies across Canada …

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Ask libraries to spotlight empathy, prevent animal abuse

September 1, 2016

Tony, a lovable senior cat in West Vancouver, is on to something: reading the right books decreases the likelihood of violence against animals and kids. Knowing this, advocate Ally reached out to the Vancouver Public Library and had one thing on her mind: empathy. Ally knew that in order to see a change in people’s …

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Get cracking on better welfare for hens

July 1, 2016

Interested in sharing your view on whether the proposed standards are good enough for hens? This is where we think there are priorities for improvement: Recommended practices: Do you think any of the recommended practices throughout the draft code should be requirements? Housing system: Enriched cages are permitted in the code. Can enriched cages provide …

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New regulations for dog and cat breeders announced

March 2, 2016

On Feb. 22, BC SPCA chief executive officer Craig Daniell stood proudly with B.C. Premier Christy Clark and MLA Jane Thornthwaite to announce an upcoming major change in B.C. animal welfare legislation. The B.C. government will adopt a regulation under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act recognizing the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Codes of Practice …

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BC SPCA supports e-petition to end captivity of marine mammals

March 2, 2016

A Canadian senator and Canada’s only Green Party Member of Parliament are supporting a new e-petition calling for the end of captivity of whales and dolphins, along with the BC SPCA. The e-petition, entitled e-167, is sponsored by Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May, and notes that whales and dolphins are “intelligent, social and roaming creatures.” …

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BC SPCA applauds government moving forward with new legislation for B.C. breeders

February 16, 2016

The BC SPCA is applauding an announcement made by the provincial government on Feb. 13 that it is considering new licensing and inspection rules for dog and cat breeders in B.C. “We have been in conversation with government on this issue and we are very pleased with their commitment to move forward quickly to prevent …

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