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News Category: Pet care, behaviour, prevention and education

Four ways to keep community cats safe this winter

October 16, 2018

It’s Global Cat Day, and with winter just around the corner, community cats could use a helping hand. Even though stray and community cats feel at home outside, they can struggle through the winter months to find enough food, water and shelter. If you are feeding an unsocialized outdoor cat, here are some steps you …

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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) fall update

Cute small rabbit half out of a tunnel
October 11, 2018

The last suspected cases of RHD in BC were reported in mid-July. As it has been three months since these cases, the BC SPCA has resumed rabbit intake at most Island and Lower Mainland branches with the exception of Nanaimo, Parksville, Comox, and Richmond. All incoming rabbits to Island, Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, and eastern Interior …

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City of Quesnel shows kindness to cats

October 4, 2018

Thanks to City of Quesnel funding as part of the kennel contract, low-income cat owners have been able to take advantage of a low cost spay/neuter program through the BC SPCA Quesnel & District Branch this past spring and summer. “We are thrilled that the city recognizes the need to address cat overpopulation and has …

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Keeping your pet safe during Halloween festivities

September 19, 2018

While many people love to dress up, go trick-or-treating, or attend Halloween parties, it can be a tough time for our pets. From loud fireworks, to a non-stop ringing doorbell, along with people in costumes, the sensory overload can create panic for our furriends. Frightened animals are more likely to run away from home; jumping …

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BC SPCA celebrates Victoria’s move to improve the well-being of animals

September 17, 2018

The BC SPCA is applauding a recent move by the City of Victoria to ensure animals are being cared for responsibly. The changes, which come by way of bylaw amendments, include new tethering restrictions, increased protections for animals against abuse and neglect, as well as new limits on the number of animals permitted on a …

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We couldn’t do it without your help: the BC SPCA’s wildfire update

August 28, 2018

Once again this summer, wildfires scorched various parts of the province, with thousands of people and animals forced to flee their homes. Thanks to the generosity and kindness of BC SPCA supporters, staff and volunteers were able to assist dozens of animals displaced by the blazes. Earlier in August, about 60 animals from our shelters in Quesnel …

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How can I help animals across the province during wildfire evacuations?

August 28, 2018

Q: What is the BC SPCA’s role in the BC wildfires? A: The BC SPCA is currently working with the Provincial Emergency Social Services office and is ready to deploy Animal Protection Officers as needed. Our officers will assist animals that have been left behind due to evacuation notices. Other local branches and volunteers are …

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Helping your pets in an air quality advisory

August 15, 2018

As air quality advisories come up across the province due to wildfires, it’s worth taking precautions to ensure our pets are as comfortable as humans are in the haze and summer heat. When air quality advisories are issued, many of the same warnings for humans tend to apply for cats, dogs and other animals. This …

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Salmon Arm completes spay/neuter grant funding in record time

August 15, 2018

In less than six months, all 350 subsidized spay/neuter surgeries made available to residents of Salmon Arm through a generous $62,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® of Canada, have been completed. “The first month we scheduled more than 120 surgeries and the project kept its momentum from then on,” says Victoria Olynik, manager at the BC …

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