The BC SPCA’s animal hospital in Vancouver is marking 40 years of service to the community with an open house on Sunday, Sept. 18.
The free event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with behind-the-scenes tours of the hospital, games, a demonstration of nose-work training with dogs, give-aways, cake and the grand opening of the SPCA merchandise store with discounted prices. The BC SPCA hospital is located at 1205 East 7th Avenue in Vancouver.
“The hospital opened on 1976 in response to the overwhelming pet overpopulation crisis in Vancouver and has provided tens of thousands of free and subsidized spay/neuter operations throughout the years,” says senior staff veterinarian Jodie Wilson.
“While the hospital provides a full range of veterinary services for the public and shelter animals, it still does more than 2,000 spay and neuter surgeries a year and also carries out more than $145,000 in charitable veterinary services for low-income pet guardians in the community.”
The BC SPCA hospital also created Charlie’s Food Bank, a free pet food bank and veterinary clinic in the Downtown Eastside, which provides free pet food, supplies and veterinary care for pets of Downtown Eastside residents. The weekly pet food bank and monthly vet clinics have provided assistance for thousands of animals since they began more than a decade ago.
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.