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BC SPCA’s pet food banks struggling to keep up with demand

May 25, 2023

An increase in demand and an early start to B.C.’s wildfire season has the BC SPCA struggling to stock their pet food banks. In 2022, the BC SPCA provided 532,000 meals through pet food banks. “When guardians and their pets are evacuated due to a natural disaster like wildfires or floods, they can be away …

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Update on the 2023 BC SPCA Community Animal Spay Neuter Program

April 18, 2023

For over a decade, the BC SPCA has been funding local efforts to spay and neuter community cats. This year, we conducted a review of the grant to update the program.  In reviewing the grant, we held interviews with past grantees, researched developments in Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and analyzed the internal granting process. The update included …

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BC SPCA announces appointment of new senior manager in Kelowna

April 5, 2023

The BC SPCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Gaelene Askeland as the new senior manager in Kelowna. “We are thrilled to welcome Gaelene Askeland to the incredible team in Kelowna,” says Adrienne McBride, senior director, community animal centres for the BC SPCA. “She will work to continue to grow the Kelowna centre’s successful …

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BC SPCA applauds B.C. government’s announcement on veterinary student funding

Veterinarian at clinic is examining a cute kitten
March 24, 2023

The BC SPCA is applauding the B.C. government’s announcement of permanent funding towards 20 new subsidized seats for B.C. veterinary students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) on the University of Saskatchewan campus. Last April, the government announced that it was investing nearly $10.7 million to increase the number of subsidized seats from …

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Life-sized driftwood sculptures coming to Victoria in support of wild animals in need

March 20, 2023

Life-like driftwood animals are coming to downtown Victoria in support of injured, sick and orphaned wildlife. WILD BC!, an art show by artist Tanya Bub, will feature 30 life-sized sculptures of B.C. wildlife to raise funds and awareness for the BC SPCA’s Wild ARC, a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Metchosin that helps nearly 3,000 injured …

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Skunks test positive for avian influenza

Two skunks on stone blocks
March 14, 2023

The government has confirmed that eight deceased skunks found in Vancouver and Richmond have tested positive for HPAI (avian influenza). Please see their official release below: Skunks in Richmond, Vancouver test positive for avian influenza VICTORIA – Testing has confirmed eight skunks found dead in late February in Richmond and Vancouver are positive for avian …

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Community of Greater Victoria works together to keep local wildlife safe

March 13, 2023

British Columbia counts its abundance and diversity of wildlife among its greatest attractions. But interactions between wild animals and humans can often lead to injuries or displacement for wild animals in urban settings. Breanne Beckett, the BC SPCA’s senior manager for the Victoria area, says the task of keeping wild animals safe is a significant …

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BC SPCA’s Prince George spay and neuter clinic hosts two feral cat days

February 21, 2023

The BC SPCA’s Prince George spay and neuter clinic, in partnership with Soft Paws Cat Rescue, held two feral cat spay and neuter days on February 9 and 16. “Soft Paws Cat Rescue has a manager for each of the feral cat colonies,” says Cari Ito, manager of the BC SPCA’s Prince George spay and …

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BC SPCA expresses concern as RDKB ends municipal animal control services

February 7, 2023

The BC SPCA is expressing concern for the welfare of animals in Trail and the surrounding district after the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary announced its decision to no longer fund municipal animal services. Animal control services are a municipal responsibility and are separate from the work of the non-profit BC SPCA, which is funded …

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