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News Category: Pet care, behaviour, prevention and education

BC SPCA ready to tackle challenging animal issues with new strategic plan

February 12, 2019

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has launched a new four-pillar strategic plan for 2019-2023 to take animal welfare in B.C. to a new level. The non-profit animal welfare organization, which helped nearly 48,000 animals in need in 2018, developed the plan after a year-long consultation with key …

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Ask the SPCA: Dog dental health

A happy and smiling dog looking up with perked ears
February 8, 2019

A friend of mine recently complained that my dog has stinky breath! Isn’t “doggie breath” normal? That potent “doggie breath” is more than just an unpleasant odour. It can actually signify a potentially serious health problem: dental disease. Dental disease is very common – so common, in fact, that an estimated 80 per cent of …

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Cat colony populations decline with BC SPCA grant program

Free roaming cat sitting alone outdoors
February 1, 2019

Returning for its seventh year, the BC SPCA community animal spay neuter grant program is accepting applications for grant funding to address cat overpopulation in communities across B.C. The program has seen demonstrable impacts in seven years, including decreased colony sizes, increased community partnerships and improved health for the cats currently in colonies. In 2018, …

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New BC SPCA accreditation program helps dog owners find the right trainer

Black dog on leash in park looking up at woman
January 24, 2019

The BC SPCA has launched an innovative program to accredit dog-training businesses in British Columbia. The AnimalKind program sets out science-based training standards to ensure humane treatment for dogs and peace of mind for their owners. “Each year, the BC SPCA gets hundreds of calls from dog owners seeking guidance on how to find a …

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Kamloops to tackle cat overpopulation with PetSmart Charities® of Canada grant

January 21, 2019

Kamloops is taking a big step in turning the tide on cat overpopulation thanks to a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® of Canada. With the funding provided, the BC SPCA will be able to provide 400 free spay and neuter surgeries to cat owners in need. “We’re thrilled to have received this generous grant that …

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Ask the SPCA: Preventing resource guarding in dogs

A terrier and his human playing fetch
January 14, 2019

My dog doesn’t give me the ball back when we play fetch. How do I fix this so I’m not playing a game of chase? There are ways to teach dogs to drop the ball consistently. More importantly, teaching a dog to “drop” or “share” goes a long way to prevent resource guarding. Dogs should …

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Resolve to make 2019 a more animal-friendly year

January 2, 2019

As we prepare to ring in 2019, people across the province will aspire to break bad habits, or start new, healthier routines. This time of year is also a great opportunity to incorporate animal welfare into your life. Get outside. You may be thinking about incorporating more exercise into your routine — what about including …

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Don’t forget to keep your pets safe while ringing in the New Year!

December 27, 2018

New Years festivities can be fun for humans, but for the animals we love and care for, it can be tricky. Whether it’s encountering more people than usual in the neighbourhood, or multiple guests arriving at your home to celebrate the countdown, every pet will react differently to the activity. Here are a few tips …

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Muzzles: a modern perspective

Basenji dog muzzled for a run.
December 12, 2018

Muzzles are an oft-misunderstood tool for keeping your dog safe. In the past, dogs wearing muzzles were often labeled as ‘bad’ or ‘aggressive’ and were scary for some people. Today we know that pet guardians muzzle their dogs for a variety of reasons, intended to keep their animals safe and happy. What is a muzzle? …

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