During National Volunteer Week, April 16-22, the BC SPCA is celebrating the 3,100 talented, compassionate and dedicated individuals who have transformed the lives of British Columbia’s most vulnerable and at-risk animals.
“Our volunteers are vital to every aspect of our work and success,” says Craig Daniell, chief executive officer of the BC SPCA. “Even during the past year, when COVID restrictions disrupted some of our volunteer programs, these incredible individuals offered 198,792 hours of volunteer service to create a better world for animals.”
In addition to assisting with hands-on animal care and wellness, BC SPCA volunteers are active in a wide variety of other key roles, including governance, fundraising, community initiatives, advocacy, social media support, education, emergency response, technology and research.
“We are so fortunate to have such a breadth of expertise and experience in our volunteer team, and our organization is so much stronger because of their contributions,” says Daniell.
The BC SPCA’s volunteer team ranges from individuals looking for short-term, episodic placements to those who have been with the organization for decades. “Simply put, we could not do the work we do on behalf of 118,000 animals in need each year without the selfless dedication of these outstanding individuals, and we want them to know how much they are valued, honoured and appreciated,” says Daniell.