The BC SPCA is seeking donations of new pet toys to help make Christmas merrier for animals of low-income guardians in the Downtown Eastside. “The individuals we support in the Downtown Eastside love their pets so much, but they don’t have the disposable income to treat them at Christmas the way many of us do with our own pets,” says Kim Monteith, manager of animal welfare for the BC SPCA. “If people would like to help, we would really welcome donations of new pet toys dropped off at our Vancouver BC SPCA location at 1205 East 7th Avenue any time up to Dec. 20. Items should be marked for “Charlie’s”.
The BC SPCA has been operating Charlie’s pet food bank and free veterinary clinics in the Downtown Eastside for more than two decades, serving thousands of clients. “Normally we host an event in the area each December where people can bring their pets for a photo with Santa and we distribute donated pet toys and supplies,” says Monteith. “With COVID restrictions in place we won’t be able to have our usual Charlie’s Christmas event, but we will make up gift bags to distribute personally to the clients we serve. It will make such a difference for the animals and for their guardians, who want to make Christmas special for their pets.”