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COVID-19 Update

April 28, 2020

BC SPCA shelters restrict public access

In order to protect our staff, volunteers and members of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become necessary for us to significantly restrict public access to our SPCA shelters, effective immediately. Except for appointments for adoptions and emergency surrenders, there will be no public access to SPCA facilities. However, staff and volunteers will continue to be on site caring for the animals, and to provide emergency treatment and on-going care for animals who come into our custody through cruelty investigations. Read our COVID-19 FAQs.

Staff shortages and the need to limit the number of people in the shelter has reduced our normal service capacity. We thank you for your help in ensuring that we can direct our limited resources to the animals in most urgent need of care.

We encourage people interested in adopting to view our available animals online. Maintaining the flow of animals into new, loving homes will enable us to continue helping new animals at risk, even with limited staffing.

You can help the animals in the following ways:

Adoptions. View the amazing animals waiting for homes and fill out an online adoption application. Our staff will contact you with more information and to set up an appointment for you to meet the animal.

Surrendered Animals. The BC SPCA is accepting surrendered animals as space and staffing capacity permits. Please contact your local shelter to make an appointment if you are unable to keep your animal and need assistance.

Volunteers. In order to safeguard the wellness of our staff and volunteers, some branches may need to reduce the number of volunteers in the building at one time in order to minimize interaction and contact. Please check with your local branch to see how your scheduled shift may be impacted. Thank you to our incredible volunteers who play such a key role in caring for the animals!

Fostering. We are currently contacting our existing volunteers to help with fostering animals in our care. We are assessing our needs daily – should we need additional support we will be reaching out to the public for help. Thank you!

Animal Cruelty Complaints. Complaints of suspected animal cruelty or abuse can be made through our BC SPCA Call Centre (1-855-622-7722). Our cruelty investigations team is responding to calls, with enhanced safety precautions in place.

Donate. We know that many of our generous supporters have been impacted by COVID-19 and you may not be in a position to help right now. We understand and thank you so much for all you have done for the animals – you have helped save so many lives. For those who are able to help, your support is urgently needed. Please donate today to help the animals.

Thank you so much for your help and cooperation as, together, we work to keep animals and their SPCA caregivers safe.

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