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Kamloops to tackle cat overpopulation with PetSmart Charities® of Canada grant

January 21, 2019

Kamloops is taking a big step in turning the tide on cat overpopulation thanks to a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® of Canada. With the funding provided, the BC SPCA will be able to provide 400 free spay and neuter surgeries to cat owners in need. “We’re thrilled to have received this generous grant that …

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Cat dumped in Prince George landfill lucky to be alive

January 15, 2019

A man taking his garbage to the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill in Prince George came across an alarming discovery last week. Alerted by a loud mewing among the heaps of garbage, the Good Samaritan investigated the source of the sound and found a cat who had been abandoned and left to die inside a locked …

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Ask the SPCA: Preventing resource guarding in dogs

A terrier and his human playing fetch
January 14, 2019

My dog doesn’t give me the ball back when we play fetch. How do I fix this so I’m not playing a game of chase? There are ways to teach dogs to drop the ball consistently. More importantly, teaching a dog to “drop” or “share” goes a long way to prevent resource guarding. Dogs should …

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Treat yourself and change the lives of animals with Treat Week™!

A woman and her dog are mixing some cake batter in the kitchen.
January 8, 2019

Who knew saving animals could be so sweet? The most delicious week of the year – the BC SPCA’s Treat Week™ – is almost here. Treat Week™ is an opportunity for animal lovers to provide delicious treats for family, friends and colleagues in exchange for donations to help B.C. animals in need. This year Treat …

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Tickets now on sale for the BC SPCA’s first Canadian Animal Policy Symposium

January 8, 2019

Tickets are now available for the first Canadian Animal Policy Symposium in Victoria on March 1, 2019, hosted by the BC SPCA. The event, to be held at the Comfort Inn and Suites Victoria (3020 Blanshard Street), will bring together policy makers, industry stakeholders and policy and administration students from across the country to discuss …

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New year, new guardian: meet the BC SPCA’s first adopted animal of 2019!

Great Pyrenees white dog, first adopted in 2019
January 3, 2019

Duchess, a Great Pyrenees mixed dog, was the BC SPCA’s first adopted animal of 2019. Adopted from the Kamloops & District Branch  to her new forever home on January 1, 2019, Duchess came into the branch’s care in mid-December. “Welcoming a rescued animal into your home is always an exciting time,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager, …

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Thieves steal Christmas donations from Port Alberni SPCA

January 3, 2019

Thieves broke into the BC SPCA’s Alberni-Clayoquot Branch in Port Alberni during the early hours of Dec. 30, 2018, stealing hundreds of dollars designated to help abused and homeless animals in the community. “There was significant damage to an exterior window, two interior windows and an interior door,” says branch manager Kaley Pugh. “Thankfully no …