The BC SPCA will be able to provide subsidized veterinary care for approximately 500 more pets living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside thanks to a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada.
The funding will support the Charlie’s Pet Food Bank and Veterinary Clinic program, which provides check-ups, vaccines, deworming and flea treatments during its free monthly clinics. While most services are provided on-site, pets needing additional care are offered referrals for discounted spay/neuter surgeries or animal hospital visits, if needed.
In addition to its veterinary clinics, Charlie’s Pet Food Bank offers pet food and supplies, such as leashes, cat litter, beds and pet carriers to under-resourced and homeless pet guardians. “Vulnerable pet guardians often have barriers that create challenges in accessing the care they need for their pets, so programs like this play a crucial role in the health of pets living in the community,” said Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities of Canada. “We are happy to support the BC SPCA with this grant, which will help fund the expansion of accessible veterinary care as well as help meet nutrition gaps through Charlie’s Pet Food Bank and the Vet Clinic program.”
“We would like to thank PetSmart Charities of Canada for supporting this community initiative to help pet guardians in need,” says Trevor Harvey, senior officer, philanthropy for the BC SPCA.