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Ask the SPCA: How to cope with the loss of a beloved pet

Holding a dog's paw
June 11, 2019

After spending years of your lives together the time comes to part ways. It can be difficult to accept that a beloved pet is gone forever. The SPCA offers this guide to help pet guardians through a pet’s final days and the grieving process. Making the decision Making the decision to end a pet’s suffering …

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Update: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD)

Cute small rabbit half out of a tunnel
June 11, 2019

Notice:  RHD public vaccination clinic The BC SPCA Vancouver Animal Hospital is offering a public vaccination clinic on June 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. to help rabbit guardians protect their pets against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD), a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus that is affecting B.C.’s rabbit population. The goal of the clinic …

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SPCA searching for person who left mother dog and puppies at garbage dump

June 10, 2019

The BC SPCA is requesting the public’s help to find the owner of an abandoned mother dog and her puppies. A Good Samaritan found the mother dog, who SPCA staff named Casey, inside a sealed box with her nine puppies at the Puntzi Lake Landfill. “There is no excuse for simply walking away from a …

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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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SPCA camps help kids unplug and develop empathy skills

boy with puppy
June 4, 2019

The BC SPCA recognizes that animals can help kids develop empathy and offers summer camp programs to create healthier communities. A child’s ability to imagine themselves in another person’s shoes is a valuable skill needed to build strong friendships and relationships. Yet, research from the University of Michigan suggests that kids are 40 per cent …

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Three ways to be an animal ambassador at farmers’ markets

June 4, 2019

The weather across the province has been heating up, and farmers’ markets are in full swing across B.C. (find a market near you). Farmers’ markets provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about where our food comes from and how it was produced. Whether or not you’re a regular at your local farmers’ market, you can …

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