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News Category: Pet care, behaviour, prevention and education

Keeping your kitty happy: How cat enrichment helps felines stay healthy

Cute cat reaching up paw playing from bed
March 28, 2018

Cats are fantastic furry family members, but indoor cats can suffer from depression and frustration, and become lethargic if their environment does not provide enough stimulation. Cat-friendly furniture, such as bookshelves with steps specifically designed for cats or tables and couches with tunnels and openings cats can explore, is available and trendy, but can be …

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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 22, 2018

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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Lickety-split: How to teach your dog to stop licking people

March 1, 2018

Does your dog like to lick people? If so, you or others may not necessarily like the licking. You can help teach your pet what behaviours are wanted and unwanted – such as licking – with your own behaviour, says animal behaviour consultant Chirag Patel. “Your dog doesn’t understand ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – he just …

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BC SPCA announces $100K in funding for spay neuter grant program

February 22, 2018

February is spay/neuter awareness month and the BC SPCA is celebrating by announcing more than $100,000 in funding to help communities across the province address cat overpopulation. “This year’s funding is the largest amount that has been available through the BC SPCA Community Animal Spay/Neuter Grant program since its inception,” says BC SPCA outreach specialist …

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Adoption day: Handsome’s happy to go to his forever home

February 9, 2018

Warning: The following story contains graphic images His tail never stops wagging. Handsome, the emaciated mastiff rescued from a property in Hope in December, found tethered with a chain outside in freezing cold temperatures, was happy to go to his forever home Friday. Adopters Pat and son Nolan say the friendly gentle giant, who has …

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Event at Vancouver SPCA focuses on violence link

February 2, 2018

The BC SPCA co-hosted a public awareness event highlighting the link between domestic violence and abuse, also known as the violence link, Friday in Vancouver. Sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Animal Law Committee and the Young Lawyers Division, the event was held in support of the Atira …

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Comox SPCA seeks community’s help to fix 400 cats in four months

February 1, 2018

The BC SPCA Comox Valley & District Branch is making headway in addressing cat overpopulation in the region, but needs help from the community to achieve its goal of fixing 700 cats in the city of Courtenay and town of Comox. “With the help of generous funding from PetSmart Charities™ of Canada we have been …

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Tide is turning on cat overpopulation: Some gains but still work to be done

February 1, 2018

A new report on Cats in Canada shows that the cat overpopulation issue continues to challenge communities across Canada, including British Columbia. “The tide is turning, we are seeing shifting attitudes towards the value of cats in our communities, spay/neuter rates are going up and more cats are receiving permanent ID in the form of …

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