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Beautiful Bethany hopes for help and a home as a ‘tri-pawed’ pet

January 24, 2018

BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch staff are hoping the public can help a tortoiseshell kitten with a broken left front elbow. Bethany, a kitten not even a year old, came into BC SPCA care with the injury, which hadn’t healed properly. “When the leg was broken, Bethany wasn’t taken to the vet and the damage …

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Emergency pet preparedness is key when seconds count

January 24, 2018

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, such as wildfires, a flood or an earthquake. In the wake of the summer’s wildfires that ravaged much of the province, as well as a recent tsunami alert, it never hurts …

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Prince Rupert community cats find health and happiness thanks to BC SPCA grant

Wide eyed cat looking up into camera lens looking curious
January 24, 2018

In the parking lot of a Prince Rupert Home Hardware store, a well-known colony matriarch called Boots spent most of her short life repopulating her colony and taking care of others. Now, it’s her turn. Thanks to the BC SPCA Community Animal Spay/Neuter Grant, colony caretakers were able to trap and spay Boots and the …

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Sweet Suzy hoping for help from her animal-loving friends

January 23, 2018

Poor Suzy only wants to play. The one-year-old dog, brought in as a stray by a Good Samaritan, has a broken hip that never healed properly, leaving her in constant pain and unable to sit properly. “She limps constantly and sits funny from the break not healing properly,” says BC SPCA North Cariboo Branch manager …

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Bylaw, spay/neuter grant help Dawson Creek address cat overpopulation

January 22, 2018

Statistics from 2017 are showing that a cat bylaw and a PetSmart Charities™ of Canada spay/neuter grant program have had significant impact on cat overpopulation in the city of Dawson Creek. “Our shelter has seen a huge difference thanks to the grant. In 2015, 73 per cent of kittens coming into our care came from …

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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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Wild ARC’s 20th year brings in a record breaking 3,066 wild patients!

January 11, 2018

From a bald eagle who fractured her wing after a collision with a car to 125 garter snakes who came to us after their hibernaculum (the space where they congregate over winter) was disturbed by construction activities, to countless songbirds and small mammals caught by free-roaming outdoor cats, the staff and volunteers at Wild ARC …

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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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