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Sweet Suzy hoping for help from her animal-loving friends

January 23, 2018

Poor Suzy only wants to play. The one-year-old dog, brought in as a stray by a Good Samaritan, has a broken hip that never healed properly, leaving her in constant pain and unable to sit properly. “She limps constantly and sits funny from the break not healing properly,” says BC SPCA North Cariboo Branch manager …

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Bylaw, spay/neuter grant help Dawson Creek address cat overpopulation

January 22, 2018

Statistics from 2017 are showing that a cat bylaw and a PetSmart Charities™ of Canada spay/neuter grant program have had significant impact on cat overpopulation in the city of Dawson Creek. “Our shelter has seen a huge difference thanks to the grant. In 2015, 73 per cent of kittens coming into our care came from …

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BC SPCA applauds Vancouver Aquarium on voluntary acceptance of cetacean ban

January 18, 2018

The BC SPCA is applauding the Vancouver Aquarium’s decision to accept a ban against cetaceans in captivity. “We are pleased to see the Vancouver Aquarium has acknowledged the shift in people’s opinion as research continues to mount on the complexity of cetaceans,” says Dr. Sara Dubois, chief scientific officer for the BC SPCA. “We are …

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BC SPCA urges B.C. veterinarians to ban feline declawing

January 17, 2018

The BC SPCA is calling on the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) to enact a ban on feline declawing, a practice that the non-profit animal welfare society says causes unnecessary pain and suffering for cats. “For nearly two decades the BC SPCA has been on record opposing procedures such as declawing, tail docking, …

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Wild ARC’s 20th year brings in a record breaking 3,066 wild patients!

January 11, 2018

From a bald eagle who fractured her wing after a collision with a car to 125 garter snakes who came to us after their hibernaculum (the space where they congregate over winter) was disturbed by construction activities, to countless songbirds and small mammals caught by free-roaming outdoor cats, the staff and volunteers at Wild ARC …

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BC SPCA’s Penticton Veterinary Hospital promotes fear-free approach

January 11, 2018

Does your pet dread going to the vet? The BC SPCA is hoping to make vet visits happier and less stressful for pets and their guardians by integrating a new approach to handling and caring for animals called Fear Free. The Fear-Free program has been launched at the BC SPCA’s Penticton Veterinary Hospital and will …

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Frustrated at not finding pet-friendly housing? BC SPCA tool kits can help

Cute tired dalmatian lying on a couch indoors with a blanket over them
January 10, 2018

It’s no secret that finding pet-friendly housing in B.C. – especially in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland – can be difficult. In 2017 alone, 1,704 animals – on average, about five pets per day – were surrendered into BC SPCA care by people who said housing issues forced them to give up their pet. “About …

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Help animals by baking a difference for BC SPCA’s National Cupcake Day™

January 10, 2018

Looking to make a difference in 2018? One simple way to do just that is to get involved in the BC SPCA’s National Cupcake Day. By baking cupcakes and giving them away in exchange for a donation, participants can improve the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected animals in our communities. National Cupcake Day is …

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Gentle giant on road to recovery in Maple Ridge

January 9, 2018

Warning: The following story contains graphic images Handsome, an emaciated mastiff rescued from a property in Hope in a joint effort by RCMP and the BC SPCA Dec. 20, is on the road to recovery at the Maple Ridge BC SPCA Branch. When he came into BC SPCA care, Handsome had a body condition score …

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