2021 was an difficult year for all British Columbians as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted every aspect of daily life. But thanks to compassionate supporters, we were able to maintain our life-saving work on behalf of animals in need, and to expand our outreach services to help pet guardians who needed extra support to care for their animals.
Last year we provided a wide range of services to care for and assist 118,917 animals in distress and need through the society’s 43 locations and community programs. We employed 574 staff members (including Special Provincial Constables) and had 3,804 volunteers throughout the province.
Further detail on those statistics:
- Operated 43 locations: including five hospitals/clinics, 36 branches, Wild ARC, a wildlife rehabilitation centre, the Provincial Call Centre and a Provincial Office;
- Helped 118,917 animals: directly cared for 39,366 injured, homeless, neglected and abused animals and assisted 79,551 through community programs such as spay/neuter;
- Reunited 2,485 lost animals with their families;
- Found new, loving families for 8,704 homeless animals;
- Helped 3,128 injured and orphaned wild animals through Wild ARC;
- Conducted 9,077 new cruelty investigations;
- Provided humane education programs to more than 4,660 children through school presentations and animal clubs; offered camps and workshops for more than 600 children; engaged nearly 6,000 youth through the BC SPCA Kids Club and provided lesson ideas and resources to 6,000 educators.
- Operated the BC Pet Registry, British Columbia’s first centralized database for pets. More than 150,000 animals have been registered since its launch in April 2015.
The BC SPCA is mindful of our responsibility to use donor dollars wisely to help the greatest number of abused, injured and homeless animals. Our transparency and accountability have earned us many awards and accreditations. Review our annual reports.