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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) Found on Vancouver Island for Second Year

Cute small rabbit half out of a tunnel
April 10, 2019

Several feral rabbits in the Parksville area were found to have died of RHD this week. RHD is a highly contagious, lethal virus that is specific to rabbits. Prior to this week, the last suspected cases of RHD in BC were reported in mid-July 2018. Due to increased risk, the BC SPCA has not accepted …

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In celebration of National Siamese Cat Day

Piper the cat
April 6, 2019

It’s National Siamese Cat Day! This popular cat breed is believed to have originated from Thailand and is known for being extremely talkative, affectionate and intelligent. Siamese cat guardians had a lot to say about caring for their well-loved and gorgeous feline friends: Aliese Mackenzie’s cat Presley “Presley is our princess and we couldn’t imagine …

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BC SPCA officially opens new Community Animal Centre in Kamloops & District

The BC SPCA Community Animal Centre in Kamloops
April 5, 2019

BC SPCA officials and local dignitaries gathered on April 5 to officially open a new state-of-the-art Community Animal Centre in Kamloops to care for the region’s most vulnerable animals. The new centre is located on a 2.2-acre property across from the Kamloops Airport at 2816 Tranquille Road. The $6.5 million, 10,500-square-foot facility was funded through …

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BC SPCA holds unique event for animal-care professionals

ABSS dog training session
April 2, 2019

The 2nd annual BC SPCA Animal Behaviour Science Symposium (ABSS) is an opportunity for animal-care professionals to share their knowledge, hone their skills, and work together to improve the lives of animals. The event provides veterinarians, animal trainers, and animal welfare professionals with access to cutting-edge, evidence-based information about training, behavioural modification, and behavioural medicine. …

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Caw-fully close! Understanding crow nesting season

Crow standing on car
April 2, 2019

Clever and charismatic, crows are a common neighbourhood resident in urban and suburban areas in B.C. While typically spotted hopping along grassy boulevards in search of tasty morsels, or perched high in trees calling to their flock-mates, baby season can bring out an unexpected side to these familiar faces. The sudden onset of crows scolding, …

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BC SPCA’s AnimalKind accreditation wins “Outstanding Organization” Clements Award

April 1, 2019

On March 30, the BC SPCA received a Clements Award for “Outstanding Organization” for our AnimalKind accreditation program for pest control companies. AnimalKind also accredits dog training businesses. The Clements Awards were created by The Fur-Bearers, one of Canada’s oldest wildlife protection organizations, to acknowledge individuals and organizations who have contributed to the welfare of …

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Animal lover Lisa Esson is one of the SPCA’s amazing volunteers

April 1, 2019

Lisa Esson is an amazing volunteer who has held numerous fundraisers for the SPCA and walked dogs evacuated by wildfires in Prince George. We reached out to highlight her story for National Volunteer Week. Esson adores her rescue dog Butters and her two cats Joey and December. “I’ve always been an animal lover,” she says. …

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