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The BC SPCA is the only animal welfare organization that can investigate animal cruelty as established by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society (PDF). We are guided by our Code of Ethics (PDF).

Cruelty Investigation Officers

Animal Control agencies enforce city/municipal animal by-laws and, in some cities/municipalities, operate their own shelter. By-laws may include stray dogs, leash laws and licensing.

In some BC SPCA shelters, we are contracted by the city/municipality to enforce the by-laws or kennel stray dogs and/or cats. Find your local shelter to determine what services we provide in your community.

Please call the BC SPCA Provincial Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722 to report animal cruelty.


The BC SPCA helps:

  • Companion animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and gerbils
  • Farm animals such as goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and horses
  • Wild animals such as sea otters, birds of prey, skunks, raccoons and squirrels
Wild otter swimming in the ocean near rocks with paws up to mouth
Photo credit: Stef Olcen

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