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2019 is the year of the pig

February 1, 2019

February 5, 2019, marks the start of this Lunar New Year. A centuries old tradition, the Lunar New Year is celebrated in many countries across Asia and around the world. In Chinese culture, each year in the 12 year lunar cycle is represented by a different animal and – according to the Chinese zodiac – …

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South Okanagan/Similkameen and Kelowna SPCA Branches caring for large intake of cats from hoarder

Sick black and white cat, hiding in cage
January 31, 2019

The South Okanagan/Similkameen and Kelowna Branches of the BC SPCA are caring for a large intake of young cats surrendered to the BC SPCA on Jan. 30. The cats came from the same individual who has previously surrendered 164 cats and kittens to the SPCA. “Thirty cats were brought into our care, suffering from upper …

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BC SPCA is seeking help to care for a large number of horses seized in a cruelty investigation

January 28, 2019

The BC SPCA is seeking help to provide on-going care and loving new homes for a large number of horses seized in a cruelty investigation last month. On Dec. 15, 2018, 27 neglected horses were rescued from a Langley property suffering from lack of nutrition, lice infestation, overgrown hooves, rainscald from inadequate shelter and lack …

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New BC SPCA accreditation program helps dog owners find the right trainer

Black dog on leash in park looking up at woman
January 24, 2019

The BC SPCA has launched an innovative program to accredit dog-training businesses in British Columbia. The AnimalKind program sets out science-based training standards to ensure humane treatment for dogs and peace of mind for their owners. “Each year, the BC SPCA gets hundreds of calls from dog owners seeking guidance on how to find a …

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Kamloops to tackle cat overpopulation with PetSmart Charities® of Canada grant

January 21, 2019

Kamloops is taking a big step in turning the tide on cat overpopulation thanks to a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® of Canada. With the funding provided, the BC SPCA will be able to provide 400 free spay and neuter surgeries to cat owners in need. “We’re thrilled to have received this generous grant that …

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Ask the SPCA: Preventing resource guarding in dogs

A terrier and his human playing fetch
January 14, 2019

My dog doesn’t give me the ball back when we play fetch. How do I fix this so I’m not playing a game of chase? There are ways to teach dogs to drop the ball consistently. More importantly, teaching a dog to “drop” or “share” goes a long way to prevent resource guarding. Dogs should …

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Treat yourself and change the lives of animals with Treat Week™!

A woman and her dog are mixing some cake batter in the kitchen.
January 8, 2019

Who knew saving animals could be so sweet? The most delicious week of the year – the BC SPCA’s Treat Week™ – is almost here. Treat Week™ is an opportunity for animal lovers to provide delicious treats for family, friends and colleagues in exchange for donations to help B.C. animals in need. This year Treat …

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Tickets now on sale for the BC SPCA’s first Canadian Animal Policy Symposium

January 8, 2019

Tickets are now available for the first Canadian Animal Policy Symposium in Victoria on March 1, 2019, hosted by the BC SPCA. The event, to be held at the Comfort Inn and Suites Victoria (3020 Blanshard Street), will bring together policy makers, industry stakeholders and policy and administration students from across the country to discuss …

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