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Ask the SPCA: How to cope with the loss of a beloved pet

Holding a dog's paw
June 11, 2019

After spending years of your lives together the time comes to part ways. It can be difficult to accept that a beloved pet is gone forever. The SPCA offers this guide to help pet guardians through a pet’s final days and the grieving process. Making the decision Making the decision to end a pet’s suffering …

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Update: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD)

Cute small rabbit half out of a tunnel
June 11, 2019

Notice:  RHD public vaccination clinic The BC SPCA Vancouver Animal Hospital is offering a public vaccination clinic on June 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. to help rabbit guardians protect their pets against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD), a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus that is affecting B.C.’s rabbit population. The goal of the clinic …

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SPCA camps help kids unplug and develop empathy skills

boy with puppy
June 4, 2019

The BC SPCA recognizes that animals can help kids develop empathy and offers summer camp programs to create healthier communities. A child’s ability to imagine themselves in another person’s shoes is a valuable skill needed to build strong friendships and relationships. Yet, research from the University of Michigan suggests that kids are 40 per cent …

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Updated bylaws increase protection for animals in the City of Vernon: SPCA

Children's hands caress and pet red border collie dog
May 28, 2019

The BC SPCA applauds Vernon City Council for approving an amendment to the city’s bylaws that covers basic standards of care and appropriate housing conditions for animals. “We’re so pleased on behalf of animals in our community to see these changes be approved,” says SPCA Vernon & District branch manager Chelsea Taylor. In the updated …

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BC SPCA urges Port Alberni-area dog guardians to vaccinate their pets against parvo

Young puppy dog getting a vaccination at the vet
May 27, 2019

The BC SPCA is warning Port Alberni-area dog owners to ensure their pets are vaccinated against parvovirus after two dogs from the north side of the city were brought into SPCA care suffering from a strong strain of the virus. Parvovirus, or parvo, is a highly contagious and often fatal viral disease that attacks the …

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Why senior animals make great pets

May 22, 2019

It’s common for older pets to get overlooked at shelters with kittens and puppies also hoping for their forever homes. Cats and dogs are considered “senior” or “mature” at around the age of seven. “Often what we’ll see in the shelters is these young little puppies and kittens coming in, and everybody runs to them,” …

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Caring for backyard chickens

May 14, 2019

The BC SPCA is supports consumers seeking alternatives to eggs produced by hens housed in battery cages.  However, backyard chickens can be a lot of work and bring their own unique challenges, so they aren’t the right fit for everyone. If raising hens isn’t for you, purchase eggs produced on SPCA Certified farms and from …

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Keep Spot from getting hot: Why it’s never cool to keep pets in a warm car

May 9, 2019

As temperatures rise across the province members of the public become increasingly concerned about pets being left in hot cars. The BC SPCA received hundreds of calls to rescue pets from hot vehicles in 2018 and is preparing for another busy summer. Owners and caretakers may believe they’re doing their furry friend a favour when …

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