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News Category: Pet care, behaviour, prevention and education

South Peace SPCA warns of canine distemper in community

February 3, 2015

The BC SPCA’s South Peace Branch is warning local dog owners to ensure their pets are vaccinated against the canine distemper virus after four puppies surrendered to the shelter were found to have the highly contagious and often fatal disease. Despite the SPCA’s best efforts to save the six-week-old puppies, their condition declined rapidly and …

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BC SPCA celebrates the New Year with fantastic feline news

January 9, 2015

Another year has come and gone, and as British Columbians bring in 2015, the BC SPCA is celebrating a successful year of spaying and neutering outdoor cats throughout British Columbia. A major focus of the BC SPCA’s five-year Strategic Plan is ensuring that every cat in B.C. has a loving home, yet there are still …

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Singer Michael Bublé and wife Luisana Lopilato donate pet treats for BC SPCA outreach programs

December 18, 2014

Pets of low-income guardians in the Downtown Eastside got an early Christmas present on Dec. 18 when Canadian singer Michael Bublé and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, donated a generous supply of DOG for DOG treats to Charlie’s Food Bank, the weekly pet food bank run by the BC SPCA. Charlie’s, which operates out of the …

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BC SPCA hopes public can help identify duffel bag, dog found in water

December 12, 2014

WARNING: Graphic content below The BC SPCA is looking for information on how a deceased dog in a duffel bag came to be in the water near Ogden point in Victoria today. Victoria Animal Control attended the call and found a deceased, short-haired white dog in the bag, floating in the water. Before starting a …

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Community of Creston takes on B.C. cat crisis with spay/neuter blitzes

December 10, 2014

One veterinary hospital in the B.C. community of Creston is leading by example in tackling the province’s massive cat overpopulation problem, along with the Creston Pet Adoption and Welfare Society (PAWS). The entire staff at Creston Veterinary Hospital and staff from Creston PAWS recently participated in two separate weekend spay/neuter events at the hospital, resulting …

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Disturbing fur farm footage heightens public awareness of industry

October 30, 2014

Horrifying footage from several Canadian fur farms – including mink farms in British Columbia – was released today by the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (APFA). Experts who have seen the footage describe it as disturbing, noting the often-filthy living conditions, the tiny cages the animals live in, and stereotypic behaviours such as …

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Grant goes a long way in helping outdoor cats in Port Hardy

September 30, 2014

New funding from a PetSmart Charities® of Canada grant will help sterilize hundreds of cats in Port Hardy and other remote communities in the region. The $47,000 grant will go toward spaying and neutering homeless cats in several colonies located on northern Vancouver Island and the surrounding area, including Port Hardy, Alert Bay and Sointula. …

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Tortoise found in Burnaby shows why owning exotic pets is not a good idea

September 5, 2014

Slow and steady may win the race when it’s a tale of tortoise vs. hare, but when it comes to owning exotic pets who aren’t native to B.C., there are no winners. Eddie, an African spurred tortoise recently found near Simon Fraser University, came into the care of the Burnaby SPCA when a Good Samaritan …

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Dog days of summer start in Oppenheimer Park

June 8, 2014

Vancouver Downtown East Side residents weren’t the only ones enjoying the sun at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver recently. Among the trees, tables, chairs, blankets and benches at the park, a small circle of furry, four-legged friends and their humans gathered to learn better canine behavior. Just down the street from Charlie’s Food Bank, a weekly …

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Funds left through legacies help B.C.’s pet overpopulation problem

April 3, 2014

Leaving a legacy gift can really help – especially where the province’s pet overpopulation problem is concerned. Thanks to the generosity of BC SPCA animal lovers and supporters who planned ahead and designated legacies, more animals will be spayed and neutered in order to help bring the animal overpopulation crisis in the province under control. …

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