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BC SPCA applauds government move to end grizzly bear trophy hunt

August 15, 2017

The BC SPCA is applauding the provincial government’s move to end British Columbia’s grizzly bear trophy hunt. Announced Monday by Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson and in a B.C. government release, the ban will take effect on Nov. 30 throughout British Columbia, after this year’s season. “The decision …

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Helping Hogarth: Brave shih tzu who must lose leg hopes for loving home

August 8, 2017

Warning: The following story contains graphic content. He arrived in BC SPCA care in extreme pain and fearful all touch would hurt. Hogarth, a seven-year-old shih tzu, was so matted that one of his legs had almost died and with teeth so badly diseased, he couldn’t eat properly and was underweight. “His leg was black …

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Otter cuteness overload at BC SPCA’s Wild ARC: Duo becomes trio

August 8, 2017

The adorable factor has increased at the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) on Vancouver Island with the addition of another baby river otter. Piers, an orphan found alone and calling for his mother on Piers Island near Swartz Bay, has joined two other orphaned otters, Lady and Cowby, in Wild ARC care and …

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My dog has fleas: Tiny insects can cause major damage – even death

August 1, 2017

The BC SPCA is highlighting the importance of flea prevention and treatment after a dog recently surrendered into BC SPCA care nearly died from a massive flea infestation. Rascal, a sweet senior terrier from Lantzville, is now recovering after losing approximately 85 per cent of his blood. “I think people understand that fleas can cause …

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Hot pets are not cool: BC SPCA reminds public not to leave animals in hot cars

August 1, 2017

With the recent warm weather and several calls already received by the BC SPCA about animals in hot cars, the animal welfare society is again, reminding people to leave their pets at home if they can’t keep them safe. Cars can become death traps in 10 minutes “People don’t realize just how quickly their cars …

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With a little help from my friends: BC SPCA working to reunite animals with their guardians

August 1, 2017

With thousands of people and animals still displaced due to wildfire evacuations in B.C., the BC SPCA has escalated its efforts to help. Twenty-three special constables have been deployed to various areas within the Cariboo region to help rescue pets trapped behind evacuation lines, reuniting them with their guardians at check points. Officers are also …

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Un’bear’ably amazing photos submitted to BC SPCA wildlife photo contest

Two fox pups peeking out from den
August 1, 2017

Enter a photo or vote on a photo today >> The images have started coming in – and they’re amazing. Amateur photographers from across the province have started submitting entries for this year’s BC SPCA Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest and have already set the bar quite high. “Whether a bald eagle with babies or a cute …

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Emergency pet preparedness is key when seconds count

August 1, 2017

With wildfires still burning in British Columbia and thousands of evacuees still waiting for the word to return home, the BC SPCA is encouraging the province’s pet guardians to remember to plan for their furry family members in the event of an emergency. “People don’t necessarily think about their pet in an emergency situation until …

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We couldn’t do it without you: Wildfire efforts aided by superhero supporters

July 28, 2017

He was found running loose after escaping his yard in an evacuated Williams Lake neighbourhood, panting heavily, dirty and terrified. Although cautious at first, once firefighters contained the scared dog and gave him some water, he was able to sleep. “The firefighters who found him say he seemed so relieved,” says BC SPCA special provincial …

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Kamloops SPCA staff hope public can help wildfire refugee Badger

July 28, 2017

Kamloops and District BC SPCA staff are hoping the public can help a friendly dog found wandering behind the fire evacuation line near Kamloops as a stray. Badger, a six-year-old border collie-corgi mix, has multiple tumours along both mammary glands and an umbilical hernia. “This sweet girl has had so many puppies that her stomach …

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