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Animal Protection Day

May 12, 2016

The B.C. government and the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (BC SPCA) had a message for dog owners as they hosted Animal Protection Day at the Parliament buildings today, leaving pets in hot cars is not cool.

The latest partnership between the BC SPCA and the B.C. government is a joint public awareness campaign to help British Columbians remember:

  • During warm weather, or on a humid day, temperatures in vehicles can rise sharply in 10 to 20 minutes, even in the shade with the windows partly open, and can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or even kill your pet. To a dog in car, it can be a matter of life or death.
  • Owners who expose pets to excessive heat can be charged under the B.C. government’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, with maximum penalties of $75,000 fines and two-year imprisonment.
  • Not every dog in every car needs to be rescued. Learn to spot the signs of a dog in distress before acting:
  • Exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting)
  • Salivation
  • Anxious or staring expression
  • Weakness or muscle tremors
  • Lack of coordination
  • Convulsions or vomiting
  • Unresponsive to tapping at window

In the last two years the B.C. government and the BC SPCA have worked together to:

  • Upgrade or replace BC SPCA facilities in 10 B.C. communities through a $5 million contribution from the B.C. government, with new shelters or upgrades complete in Kelowna and Delta, and work underway in Vancouver and Nanaimo.
  • Improve animal welfare for B.C.’s dairy cattle and commercially bred cats and dogs through the adoption of codes of practices as expected minimum standards in British Columbia.

May 12, 2016, is declared as Animal Protection Day to create awareness about the importance of treating all animals, at all times, with the respect and care they deserve. B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick and BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell presented this year’s proclamation to BC SPCA volunteers Tara Kozocari and Catherine Goede to honour their and their fellow volunteers’ many hours of dedicated service.

“The BC SPCA is proud to celebrate a long history of protecting animals in this province. We hope today by highlighting the problem of hot pets in cars, we can prevent tragedies from occurring this summer,” says BC SPCA chief executive officer, Craig Daniell. “Last year the BC SPCA received 1,529 calls about animals in distress in hot cars and we have already responded to 81 calls on this issue so far this year.”



The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.