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BC SPCA receives $30,000 PetSmart Charities ® grant for pet food bank program

June 5, 2024

The BC SPCA has received a $30,000 grant from  to help fund their province-wide pet food bank program. “This grant couldn’t come at a better time,” says Diane Waters, the BC SPCA’s outreach specialist. “There are so many guardians struggling financially right now because of the higher cost of living. This generous grant from PetSmart …

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Spreading love and care during wildfire devastation

August 25, 2023

When the wildfires spread quickly across parts of British Columbia last week, requests for assistance from pet guardians also came in quickly. The BC SPCA has provided care to hundreds of animals from the affected areas, including 129 animals who entered into emergency boarding, more than 50 requests for assistance beyond the fire evacuation lines …

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Need for BC SPCA services for animals in need grew in 2022

February 3, 2023

The BC SPCA helped nearly 9,000 more animals through community-based pet food banks in 2022, as part of the Society’s expanded outreach efforts to help B.C. pet guardians in need. In total, the BC SPCA helped 118,679 animals last year through direct care and community outreach programs. “We definitely saw an increased need for support …

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BC Pet Registry donates 500 microchips to Helping Paws in Nanaimo

May 17, 2022

In 2015, the BC SPCA created the BC Pet Registry, Canada’s first centralized database to help reunite lost pets with the anxious guardians. Since then, more than 150,000 animals have been registered in the system. The Pet Registry is now helping low-income pet guardians in Nanaimo ensure their animals have proper pet identification. The Pet …

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Sunshine Coast BC SPCA expands outreach services with spay/neuter program

January 13, 2022

The BC SPCA on the Sunshine Coast is launching a new low-income spay/neuter program. Made possible with funding from the Sunshine Coast Foundation, the program will help vulnerable pet owners in the community. “Throughout the pandemic we have seen an increased need for support in the community that we are now able to address,” says …

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BC SPCA holding toy drive until December 22 for pets in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

December 10, 2021

The BC SPCA is seeking donations of new pet toys and treats for Charlie’s pet food bank to help make the holidays merrier for animals of low-income guardians in the Downtown Eastside. “The people we support love and care for their pets and want to make the holidays special for them, but because they are …

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BC SPCA reminds pet owners impacted by flooding that help is available

November 30, 2021

The BC SPCA is reminding any pet owners impacted by flooding that free emergency boarding for their animals and other SPCA services are available to support evacuated residents. “We have a network of SPCA facilities and foster homes across B.C. where we can provide a safe and nurturing environment for animals while their guardians deal …

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BC SPCA collaborates on police training for intimate partner violence

November 29, 2021

The Policing and Security Branch of the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has worked closely with police and key stakeholders to launch a  new online training course for B.C. police, which will help officers identify risk in intimate partner violence investigations by including perpetrators’ behaviours towards animals. “The link between animal abuse …

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