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Become a BC SPCA Registered Member

Make your voice matter for animals! The BC SPCA has recently updated their membership to a new one-member, one vote governance structure that gives animal lovers a stronger voice in guiding the BC SPCA’s mission to help end animal suffering in B.C. 

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.

Questions concerning membership in the BC SPCA can be directed to membership@spca.bc.ca.


Rights and privileges of membership 

The Society recognizes two classes of membershipvoting member and non-voting memberRights and privileges include: 

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. 

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Membership eligibility 

Voting Member: to be eligible as a voting member individual 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). 

Non-Voting Member: to be eligible as a non-voting member individual 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  

  1. 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.  
  2. 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. 

Membership costs 

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

Application and acceptance  

  • Individuals applying as either a voting or non-voting member submit an application for membership to the Board of Directors.  
  • You can apply for membership online. 
  • 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 

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Membership policies

Please see below for more information and key membership policies.

  1. Membership Policy
  2. Policy on Application and Acceptance of Membership
  3. Policy on Access to Membership Register by Members
  4. Policy on Member Proposals
  5. Policy on Requisitioning Extraordinary General Meetings by Members
  6. Policy for Receiving and Addressing Member Input