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BC SPCA receives $70,000 from PetSmart Charities® of Canada for outreach program

Victoria Olynik outside truck with pet food bank
August 6, 2020

PetSmart Charities® of Canada has announced a $55,000 grant for the BC SPCA’s pet food bank outreach program, which provides support for pet guardians in need across B.C. This new grant is in addition to a $15,000 outreach grant provided by PetSmart Charities® of Canada earlier this year. “The BC SPCA has always operated pet …

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BC SPCA congratulates Dr. Bettina Bobsien on CVMA Humane Award

Dr. Bettina Bobsien
July 20, 2020

The BC SPCA would like to express its heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Bettina Bobsien, this year’s winner of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award. The CVMA Humane Award, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, was established in 1986 and recognizes leadership in the care and well-being of animals. This award is presented to a CVMA …

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UBC and BC SPCA launch new research chair to study companion animals

June 22, 2020

The BC SPCA is excited to share the following announcement from the University of British Columbia about the creation of a new research chair to improve the lives of companion animals. The BC SPCA is contributing $100,000 annually for a minimum of five years for the research chair. Companion animals play a large role in …

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BC SPCA work leads to discovery of new feline virus

animal cruelty officer holding kitten
May 28, 2020

A mysterious contagious disease outbreak at the BC SPCA’s Community Animal Centre in Vancouver last year has led to the discovery of a new feline virus. The BC SPCA team not only successfully contained the outbreak, but their work led to the discovery of the previously unknown fechavirus (not related to COVID-19). Staff became concerned …

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BC SPCA Wild ARC reports another successful season

Fawns at Wild ARC
November 4, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) is reporting another successful season. In 2019, Wild ARC successfully reunited more than 100 baby animals with their wild moms including fledgling birds, deer fawns, raccoons, goslings, squirrels and rabbits during its busy season from May to September. More than …

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BC SPCA named one of Canada’s top charities for fifth year in a row

October 11, 2019

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has received four stars – the highest rating possible – in Charity Intelligence Canada’s annual list of top charities. This is the fifth year in a row the BC SPCA has been cited in the Charity Intelligence Canada report, which assesses hundreds of non-profit …

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Calling all veterinarians interested in ethics and animal welfare

Dog at vet clinic getting check up
September 10, 2019

The BC SPCA encourages all veterinarians across Canada interested in pursuing continued training or education related to ethics and animal welfare to apply for the Dr. Carol Morgan Memorial Award. Dr. Morgan served as a BC SPCA Board Member and Advisor, and was a beloved member of the animal welfare community. The Animal Welfare Foundation …

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Sea to Sky dog training company receives BC SPCA’s AnimalKind accreditation

Cute happy smiling pit bull dog with tongue out wearing a bandana while sitting on grass looking up
June 12, 2019

Paw in Hand is the newest addition to the BC SPCA’s list of AnimalKind accredited dog trainers and the first accredited company based in the Squamish area. Paw in Hand offers classes in Squamish and the surrounding areas. The BC SPCA launched this innovative program to accredit dog-training businesses in British Columbia in January, 2019. …

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Two West Kootenay dog training companies receive BC SPCA’s AnimalKind accreditation

Dog training
June 5, 2019

Love 2 Play and Proud of My Dog are the two newest additions to the BC SPCA’s list of AnimalKind accredited dog trainers, the first accredited companies serving the Kootenay region. Love 2 Play offers classes in the Slocan Valley, Nelson and surrounding areas; while Proud of My Dog serves the North Slocan Valley, Nakusp, …

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Port Alberni veterinarian wins award to further studies in veterinary forensics

Dr. Holly Tillotson poses with a dog for a photo
December 17, 2018

Dr. Holly Tillotson of Pacific Rim Veterinary Hospital in Port Alberni is being recognized for her work in veterinary forensics with the presentation of this year’s Dr. Carol Morgan Memorial Award. The award was established by the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada (AWFC) in honour of former BC SPCA board member Dr. Carol Morgan, a …

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