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News Category: Pet care, behaviour, prevention and education

Community-living cats have better outlook with SPCA grant program

April 23, 2019

More than 800 cats will be spayed and neutered around the province this year through the BC SPCA Community Animal Spay Neuter grant program. “We will be supporting groups and communities across the province working to care for and ultimately decrease the un-owned cat population through spay and neuter initiatives,” says Marieke van der Velden, …

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North Peace SPCA launches spay neuter program to help low-income families

Cute wide eyed orange cat being held by smiling girl
April 17, 2019

Spaying and neutering reduces the number of homeless kittens and helps cats lead healthier lives. Today, thanks to generous funding from BC Hydro Northern Development fund, the BC SPCA North Peace branch is launching a free spay/neuter program for low-income cat owners. “We are so grateful to be able to launch this much needed program …

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Cat reunited with family almost 2 years later thanks to microchip

Hello the cat
April 16, 2019

This cat came back but not the very next day. Jennifer Rollins says their calico kitty escaped from her Vancouver Island home one day in July 2017 after one of her kids accidentally left the door open. The family put up posters and shared Facebook posts in the hope that one day their beloved cat …

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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) Found on Vancouver Island for Second Year

Cute small rabbit half out of a tunnel
April 10, 2019

Several feral rabbits in the Parksville area were found to have died of RHD this week. RHD is a highly contagious, lethal virus that is specific to rabbits. Prior to this week, the last suspected cases of RHD in BC were reported in mid-July 2018. Due to increased risk, the BC SPCA has not accepted …

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It takes a village: BC SPCA celebrates its dedicated volunteers

March 31, 2019

When the BC SPCA is mentioned, people often think of puppies and kittens, or adoptable animals. What they may not think about are the almost 5,000 volunteers across the province who help the society carry out its life-saving work helping the province’s most vulnerable animals, every day. While dog walkers and cat care attendants are …

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Hill’s Pet Nutrition canned dog food recall expansion
March 21, 2019

Please note that there is currently a voluntary recall expansion on select canned dog foods produced by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. For further information, please visit or contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST) or at Dry dog food, treats and all cat …

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Safety tips for exploring the great outdoors with your pet

Black dog on leash in park looking up at woman
March 20, 2019

The spring and summer months are an excellent time to have amazing adventures exploring the outdoors with your dog and maybe even your cat. Ensure the experience is a positive one by taking steps to protect your pet’s health and minimize encounters with wildlife. Here are a few things to consider: Before venturing outside   …

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Tick-tock: No time like the present to check your pet for ticks

Husky dog walking off leash on a forest trail with a woman
March 14, 2019

It’s never too early to check your pet for ticks. After spending some time in the forest, BC SPCA manager of policy and outreach Amy Morris found three ticks on her dog, Clover. That was just last week. “I couldn’t believe I found three on her in such a short timeframe – spring has barely …

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12 Things to know before adopting a mini pig

March 13, 2019

Search for “micro-pig” on YouTube and you will instantly be regaled with adorable videos of tiny piglets climbing stairs, playing with dogs, sleeping on couches and scampering on the beach. “There is no denying how cute they are,” says Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. “But how many will still be cherished …

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