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BC SPCA warns Chilliwack dog owners about suspected toxic substances in parks

November 20, 2020

The BC SPCA is warning dog owners to keep an eye out for suspicious-looking substances while walking their dogs in local Chilliwack parks. The animal protection society has received four reports of dogs becoming ill after ingesting unknown toxic substances. “The locations we’ve received reports from include Rotary Trail, Peach Park/Peach Road, Vedder Park/Petawawa Road …

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BC SPCA food bank partnership in Parksville helps community members through difficult times

Puppy with ear id tattoo and crooked ears being held by person wearing BC SPCA brand shirt
November 3, 2020

The BC SPCA in Parksville-Qualicum Beach has partnered with the Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army Food Bank to provide the Outreach Pet Food Program for those pet guardians affected by the pandemic. While the branch has provided pet food whenever they could to people in need throughout the years, the branch has now been able to …

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A new Vancouver resident finds companionship with Olive, a black kitten, amidst the pandemic

Olive the kitten
October 29, 2020

Like most people, Brianne Hogan didn’t know what to expect from the COVID-19 pandemic. When news of the coronavirus first swept the country in early March, Hogan, a freelance writer, had just accepted a job offer in Vancouver and was prepared to make the cross-country move from her home in Prince Edward Island. “No one …

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BC SPCA grants help B.C. communities address cat overpopulation issues

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October 15, 2020

For the ninth year, the BC SPCA community animal spay/neuter grant program is accepting funding applications to help B.C. communities address cat overpopulation issues. “The program continues to see positive results in communities across B.C., with more than 6000 cats sterilized across the province to date”, says Marieke van der Velden, outreach specialist at the …

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BC SPCA in Victoria expands pet food bank in partnership with the Cool Aid Society

October 14, 2020

The BC SPCA in Victoria is expanding its pet food bank outreach to help pet guardians who may need support in caring for their animals. “We have all gone through challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has had a financial impact on many families,” says Annie Prittie Bell, manager of the BC SPCA …

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BC SPCA pledge campaign highlights need for more pet-friendly housing in B.C.

October 13, 2020

Finding affordable, pet-friendly housing in British Columbia – especially in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland – has long been a challenge for B.C. animal lovers. But during the COVID-19 pandemic – when the BC SPCA saw a surge in people seeking the comfort and companionship of animals – the need for pet-friendly accommodation has become …

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BC SPCA launches new low income spay neuter program for Shuswap region

animal cruelty officer holding kitten
September 28, 2020

The BC SPCA in Salmon Arm is welcoming applications from low-income families in the Shuswap region for low-cost spay neuter surgeries, thanks to $10,000 of funding received from the Shuswap Community Foundation. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this program to the entire area we serve,” says Victoria Olynik, BC SPCA Shuswap Branch …

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