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Become a BC SPCA Registered Member

If you love animals as much as we do, be their voice by becoming a member of the BC SPCA.

Guided by a sense of compassion, community and commitment, BC SPCA members play a critical role in supporting the governance of our organization  and in so doing, have a unique opportunity to help direct the mission, vision and strategic direction of the Society.


Classes of membership

The Society recognizes two classes of membership, namely voting member and non-voting member.

To be eligible as a voting member, individuals must meet all of the following criteria:

  • They must be 19 years of age or older;
  • They must be ordinarily resident in British Columbia;
  • They must agree to abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics;
  • They must not be an employee or an immediate family member of an employee; and
  • They must meet any additional criteria as determined by the Board of Directors (currently no additional requirements).

To be eligible as a non-voting member, individuals would need to meet the following criteria:

  • They must agree to abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics;
  • They must meet any additional criteria as determined by the Board of Directors.

(Non-voting members are generally those individuals who live out of province, are under 19 years of age or are employees or immediate family members of employees).

Types of membership

The BC SPCA offers the option of either an annual membership or a lifetime membership.

Annual members pay a renewable annual fee (currently $30) which is due on January 1st of each year and expires on December 31st of each year. Lifetime members pay a one-time fee (currently $350), which provides ongoing membership in the Society, subject to the member continuing to meet the terms and conditions of membership.

Rights and privileges of membership

Members in good standing enjoy a number of rights and privileges of membership, by class, including:

Voting member:

  • To receive notice of, and attend, general meetings and Regional Council meetings in their region;
  • To make motions at general meetings and Regional Council meetings and to speak in debate on motions under consideration;
  • To exercise a vote for the election of Directors within their region; and
  • To stand for election or appointment as a Director, if qualified, in accordance with the Society’s bylaws;

Non-voting member:

  • To receive notice of, and attend, general meetings and Regional Council meetings in their region;
  • To speak in debate on motions under consideration.

For more information on membership rights and duties, please see our Constitution and Bylaws.

Application and acceptance

Individuals applying as either a voting or non-voting member must make application to the Board of Directors. You can apply for membership online or download the membership brochure (PDF) and submit the completed form by mail to membership services at the Provincial Office.

As a condition of membership, all members are required to uphold the Constitution and Bylaws of the BC SPCA (PDF) and comply with the Code of Ethics (PDF).

The Board will meet to review membership applications and upon acceptance, the Board will assign each member to a governance region and to the Branch in the area nearest to the Member’s address

Apply or Renew Online

 

Membership costs

  • Regular Voting Member: $30.00 annually
  • Lifetime Member: $350.00 one-time

 


Please see below for more information about the documents and policies that guide all BC SPCA staff, volunteers, and members.

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