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BC SPCA photo contest captures the beauty of local wildlife

July 2, 2019

The BC SPCA invites the public to participate in its 11th annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest. Amateur photographers 14 years and older can submit their awe-inspiring images of hummingbirds, bears, bees, seals and other amazing creatures until Aug. 31. Enter or vote “Wildlife-In-Focus is a celebration of the incredible diversity of wild animals that live in …

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BC SPCA applauds passing of Bill S-203 to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada

June 10, 2019

The BC SPCA is praising the passing of Bill S-203 after a final debate about the new legislation in Ottawa today. Nicknamed the ‘Free Willy’ bill, S-203 bans keeping whales and dolphins (cetaceans) in captivity in Canada. “Bill S-203 not only bans the capture and confinement of whales and dolphins, it also criminalizes the breeding …

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Five easy actions to take for Earth Day

April 17, 2019

A gull tangled in discarded fishing line, unable to fly. A skunk stuck in a plastic jar, slowly starving to death. “These are not just theoretical examples,” says Meghann Cant, BC SPCA animal welfare educator. “These are the sorts of distressing cases that wildlife rehabilitation centres see all the time.” The sad reality is, whether …

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Blind as a bat? Top five bat myths busted!

April 16, 2019

Clever. Affectionate. Helpful. Vulnerable. Not many people use these words to describe bats. Creepy, ugly, scary or dangerous are far more likely choices – and yet, bats truly are intelligent, sensitive creatures. They perform valuable ecosystem services as pollinators, seed dispersers and insect predators. “Bats are among the most misunderstood animals in the world,” says …

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Caw-fully close! Understanding crow nesting season

Crow standing on car
April 2, 2019

Clever and charismatic, crows are a common neighbourhood resident in urban and suburban areas in B.C. While typically spotted hopping along grassy boulevards in search of tasty morsels, or perched high in trees calling to their flock-mates, baby season can bring out an unexpected side to these familiar faces. The sudden onset of crows scolding, …

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BC SPCA’s AnimalKind accreditation wins “Outstanding Organization” Clements Award

April 1, 2019

On March 30, the BC SPCA received a Clements Award for “Outstanding Organization” for our AnimalKind accreditation program for pest control companies. AnimalKind also accredits dog training businesses. The Clements Awards were created by The Fur-Bearers, one of Canada’s oldest wildlife protection organizations, to acknowledge individuals and organizations who have contributed to the welfare of …

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