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Ways you have helped wild animals

With your support, the BC SPCA works to protect and enhance the quality of life for wild animals in British Columbia. Our Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) cares for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals, ensuring they receive the expert care and rehabilitation needed to thrive back home in the wild. We also advocate for wild animals across the province and beyond, working to ensure their protection and welfare.

A mother grizzly bear walking across water with three grizzly cubs.
Photo credit: Cailey Hesse

Throughout the years, many of our wild animal welfare advocacy initiatives have resulted in success through changes in policy or animal protection laws at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Major wild animal welfare wins will continue to be added below. None of this would be possible without your passion for animal welfare and desire to take action.

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    • Through a partnership with UBC’s Animal Welfare Program, the BC SPCA’s own Erin Ryan conducted her MSc studying the humaneness, efficacy and non-target species of captive-bolt traps. Dr. Sara Dubois, BC SPCA chief scientific officer and UBC Adjunct Professor, was a co-supervisor for the project.  
    • Bill S-203, Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, is passed. The Bill bans capture and confinement of whales and dolphins, while also banning breeding of captive cetaceans – a North American first
    • The BC SPCA’s AnimalKind accreditation program wins “Outstanding Organization” Clements Award. 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 fur-bearing animals.
    • Vancouver Park Board unanimously passes motion (PDF) to review its pest control management strategies for wildlife and rodents at the city’s parks and recreational facilities. Park Board staff will also assess if it would be possible to incorporate the BC SPCA’s AnimalKind standards for pest control (PDF) into its contracts.
    • Through a partnership with TransLink, the BC SPCA received a Mitacs fellowship to support an MSc student from UBC’s Animal Welfare Program to monitor the effects of a pigeon contraception, Ovocontrol. The pilot project aims to reduce pigeon population and conflicts near SkyTrain stations in a humane way.



    • B.C. brings an end to the hunting of grizzly bears throughout the province for resident and non-resident hunters. Earlier in the year, government announced it would end trophy hunting of grizzly bears and stop all hunting of grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Further consultation with First Nations, stakeholder groups and the public found 78% of respondents recommended the hunt be stopped entirely, resulting in the outright ban.
    • International Consensus Principles for Ethical Wildlife Control, co-authored by BC SPCA and international experts, is published in the Conservation Biology journal.  
    • In partnership with UBC Animal Welfare Program, BC SPCA co-hosts international conference on Compassionate Conservation.



    • The BC SPCA Animal Helpline is created, providing a centralized response for complaints about animal cruelty, injured wildlife and other SPCA queries across B.C.



    • BC SPCA’s Wild ARC opens in Metchosin on Vancouver Island to rehabilitate injured and orphaned wild animals. During the first full year in operation in 1998, a total of 1,561 patients were admitted. Check out Wild ARC’s statistics now.
    • BC SPCA helps fund the University of British Columbia’s Animal Welfare Program. This ongoing partnership highlights the Society’s strong commitment to education and research that improves the lives of animals.

Thank you!

We celebrate these major wins for wild animal welfare, but know there is more work to be done. With your support, we are able to continue to advocate for and protect wild animals and their welfare. Thank you for working with us to help improve the lives of wild animals!

Mink standing on frosty snowy dock
Photo credit: Nancy Burwood