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BC SPCA urges Canadians to sign petition to end cruel trade of exotic animals

January 15, 2021

The BC SPCA is urging Canadians sign a petition calling on the federal government to end the international and domestic trade of exotic birds and other wild animals. Dr. Sara Dubois, chief scientific officer for the BC SPCA, says a case last month where 50 parrots and toucans from Guyana were held at Vancouver International …

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Wild at heart – 135 species treated at Wild ARC in 2020

Anna's hummingbird in care at Wild ARC
December 29, 2020

As we say goodbye to the whirlwind year of 2020, the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) is reporting another successful season in a year of many challenges. Thanks to the dedication of staff, volunteers, and our community, Wild ARC was able to care for more than 2,800 animals from 135 different species, …

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BC SPCA calls for immediate moratorium on mink farming in B.C.

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December 14, 2020

The BC SPCA is calling for a moratorium on mink farming in British Columbia through an immediate suspension of all mink farm licenses, after eight workers on a Fraser Valley fur farm tested positive for COVID-19. More than 200 mink have died on the farm, and samples from mink on the farm have tested positive …

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Got the cold weather blues? Wild animals do too!

November 1, 2020

As the temperatures plummet and the wind grows icy, we sometimes wonder how we’ll ever survive until spring! The winter months pose many challenges not only for companion and farm animals, but for wildlife as well. Luckily they – just like us – have developed strategies and adaptations to help them make it through the chilly …

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Adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD) confirmed in B.C. deer

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October 29, 2020

Vancouver Island deer have a new risk this fall and winter. A news release (PDF) from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development confirmed Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease (AHD) has been found in deer on Galiano and Mayne Islands and from the Maple Bay area of the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. …

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BC SPCA’s Wild ARC is looking to recoup costs for injured shorebirds

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October 22, 2020

With the darker hours in the fall and winter season it’s common for the BC SPCA’s Wild Animals Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) to treat injured wildlife patients, particularly birds and raptors, who have been hit by cars or who hit windows. Recently, Wild ARC admitted two uncommon bird species into care. A Virginia Rail was …

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BC SPCA urges drivers to use extra caution as daylight hours dwindle

September 23, 2020

The change of cooler weather heading into autumn typically signals an increase of owl patients at the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC). The higher number of these night-time hunters needing care showcases how dangerous this time of year can be for nocturnal wildlife. Photo Credit: Brian Rundle This is a very risky time …

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BC SPCA announces winners of 2020 Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest

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September 22, 2020

Amateur wildlife photographers in B.C. have once again made tough work for judges as the BC SPCA’s 12th annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest winners are announced. In addition, there were a number of incredible honourable mentions that celebrate the beauty in B.C.’s wild and urban environments. The People’s Choice Award was determined as a result of …

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