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Cats and collars: Why breakaway design is so important

October 11, 2017

Do you have a breakaway collar for your cat? Whether your feline prefers to be indoors or out; whether he’s a kitten or a full-grown adult, there are several reasons to ensure your pet wears a collar that will unfasten when something pulls on it with force. “Even if you think ‘my cat never goes …

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Island photographer’s image posthumously honoured

October 6, 2017

He never found out that his wife had entered one of his favourite photos into the BC SPCA’s annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest. He passed away two weeks before the contest closed and the 52 People’s Choice winners were determined. So it’s especially meaningful for John Elves’ family – wife Peggy, son Peter, daughter Elizabeth and …

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BC SPCA caring for 20 small dogs following warrant on Chilliwack breeder

October 3, 2017

The BC SPCA is caring for 20 small-breed dogs and puppies after executing a search warrant on a Chilliwack property. The badly neglected dogs were part of a breeding operation that sold puppies for profit through local brokers. “The dogs were all small, popular breeds that can be brokered easily – Maltese-yorkie crosses, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, …

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Thinking outside the cage: Achieving Higher Welfare for Egg-Laying Hens in Canada

October 3, 2017

In Canada, about 24 million hens lay 616 million eggs each year. More than 90% of those hens (21.6 million) spend their lives in small, cramped, wire enclosures called battery cages. They are housed in groups of four to eight birds. Photo (right): Rows of hens housed in battery cages. Each row is stacked six …

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Take action against farm animal abuse

October 3, 2017

Many Canadians were shocked at the undercover footage revealed by Mercy for Animals showing workers from a Chilliwack chicken-catching company torturing and abusing chickens earlier this year. Two years ago, more undercover video footage by the same organization showed dairy cows in Chilliwack being abused. In that case, a BC SPCA investigation led to charges …

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No tricks, just treats: Pet-safe recipes for Halloween

October 1, 2017

Whether we are young or just young at heart, candy and chocolate probably top the list of things we like most about Halloween! But, of course, those sweet snacks we enjoy so much are harmful to our pets. Try making these healthy treats instead for the four-legged trick-or-treaters in your lives. Canine candy corn All …

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Flea treatment: Why you should never use your dog’s medication on your cat

October 1, 2017

Some pet guardians care for more than one furry family member, many of whom are often from different species, such as cats, dogs, fish, Guinea pigs, birds and more. They may sometimes be tempted to give the same, prescription or over-the-counter flea or tick medication that they purchased for their dog to their cat. This …

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