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Animal welfare issues
BC SPCA (general)
Biscuit Fund for Medical Care
Gifts of new and used items
Health & safety
Heroes Fund for Animal Protection
Highest Priority Needs Fund
Hosting your own event
Lost & found
Monty Fund for Community Education & Outreach
October Grey Fund for Animal Care
PAW Plan monthly giving
Paws for a Cause
Pet care & behaviour
Pet on the Net
Pet Survivor Care Program
Summer Camps for Kids
Q - Why was I turned down as an adopter; I love animals!?
Q - Why does it cost so much to adopt an animal from the BC SPCA?
Q - What payment types does the BC SPCA accept for adoptions?
Q - What is the process for adopting animals?
Q - What is the minimum age for someone to adopt an animal?
Q - What adoption requirements are needed if renting or living in a strata?
Q - My dog bit me. Will you take it?
Q - I've heard about some horses that may be sold for slaughter. Will the BC SPCA rescue them or know who can?
Q - I know someone with a wild or exotic pet – is this ok?
Q - How much does it cost to surrender an animal?
Q - How much does it cost the BC SPCA to care for horses?
Q - How does the BC SPCA help horses?
Q - Does the BC SPCA have gift certificates for adoptions?
Q - Does the BC SPCA allow for trial adoptions?
Q - Does the BC SPCA allow animals to be put on hold?
Q - Do you take iguanas?
Q - Can I adopt a horse from the BC SPCA?
Q - Can I adopt a dog or cat from a non-local BC SPCA shelter?
Q - Are your animals spayed/neutered before they are adopted?
Q - Will steralization change my pet’s personality?
Q - Will my pet become fat and lazy once he or she is sterilized?
Q - When should an animal be spayed/neutered?
Q - What is the solution to pet overpopulation?
Q - What is it going to cost to spay/neuter my pet?
Q - What is being done in British Columbia to deal with the problem of pet overpopulation?
Q - What do the terms “Spaying” and “Neutering” mean?
Q - There is a cat up a tree. Can you come climb up and get it?
Q - Shouldn’t a female pet have one litter first before she is spayed?
Q - My dog got skunked! How best to remove the smell?
Q - Does it hurt an animal to be spayed/neutered?
Q - Does having my pet spayed/neutered make me a responsible pet guardian?
Q - Why does the BC SPCA allow owners under investigation keep one or more animals?
Q - How is a ban on owning animals enforced?
Q - How do I become a cruelty investigator?
Q - Where can I find further information about the BC SPCA, such as the Charter, Guiding Principles, and the BC SPCA Constitution & Bylaws?
Q - What is the benefit of being a member of the BC SPCA?
Q - What are the Five Freedoms?
Q - How do I become a member of my local BC SPCA Community Council?
Q - What is included in the fee for a BC SPCA birthday party?
Q - What happens at a BC SPCA birthday party?
Q - What days and times are available for BC SPCA birthday parties?
Q - What BC SPCA locations offer birthday parties?
Q - My child loves kittens/dogs/bunnies the most - can I specify the types of animals I want at a BC SPCA birthday party?
Q - If my child would like to collect donations to help animals in lieu of birthday presents, is that okay?
Q - How old does my child have to be to have a birthday party with the BC SPCA?
Q - How much does it cost to have my child’s birthday party at the BC SPCA?
Q - How many guests can my child invite to a BC SPCA birthday party?
Q - How do I book or learn more about a BC SPCA birthday party?
Q - Can I bring food and/or cake to a BC SPCA birthday party?
Q - What types of care and treatment for animals is supported by the Biscuit Fund?
Q - What types of animals are helped by the Biscuit Fund?
Q - What is the Biscuit Fund for Medical Care?
Q - Is the animal I’ve sponsored through the Biscuit Fund still benefiting from my support?
Q - If the animal I have sponsored has received the medical care needed and/or has been adopted, is that the end of my monthly PAW Plan sponsorship?
Q - Can I sponsor a specific animal's medical care through the Biscuit Fund?
Q - Can I request donations to the Biscuit Fund in lieu of gifts for my wedding, anniversary or birthday?
Q - Can I get an update on the animal I sponsored through the Biscuit Fund?
Q - Where can I find more information about the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause?
Q - When will my credit card or bank account first be charged?
Q - When will I receive my tax receipt for monthly gifts?
Q - When will I receive my PAW Plan welcome kit?
Q - When does the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause take place?
Q - What is the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause?
Q - What is the difference between an online PAW Plan and an offline PAW Plan?
Q - What information will I receive from the BC SPCA?
Q - What if I need to stop giving? Can I stop whenever I want?
Q - What can I expect on the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk day?
Q - Once I have set up my monthly gift online, how can I make changes to my account i.e. change amount, change my credit card number or bank account information?
Q - Is there a registration cut off for the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk?
Q - I am a supporter and my email, phone number and/or address has changed. What do I do?
Q - How long is the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk?
Q - How do I sign up to become a monthly PAW Plan donor?
Q - How are the funds I raise for the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause spent?
Q - Do I have to pay to register for the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk?
Q - Can I get a tax receipt for hosting a birthday party at the BC SPCA?
Q - Can I get a tax receipt for an item I bought for the BC SPCA?
Q - Can I get a tax receipt for a used item I donated to the BC SPCA?
Q - Can I get a tax receipt for a service I provided to the BC SPCA?
Q - Can I donate items to my local BC SPCA branch?
Q - Can I donate food to my local BC SPCA branch?
Q - I am interested in a career working with animals. Do you have any suggestions or advice?
Q - How old do you have to be to work at the BC SPCA?
Q - How can I learn about employment opportunities at the BC SPCA?
Q - Does the BC SPCA serve meat at its events?
Q - How is a wild animal different from an exotic animal?
Q - Can I keep a wild or exotic animal as a pet?
Q - What kind of plants are toxic to pets?
Q - What do my parents need to know about the BC SPCA Kids Club?
Q - I'm a BC SPCA Kids Club member and my email, phone number and/or address has changed. What should I do?
Q - I signed up for the BC SPCA Kids Club. When will I get my membership kit?
Q - How old do I have to be to join the BC SPCA Kids Club?
Q - How much does it cost to join the BC SPCA Kids Club?
Q - I am under 19 what volunteer opportunities are there for me?
Q - My pet is missing! What should I do?
Q - I found a stray, homeless animal. What do I do?
Q - I can no longer care for my cat or dog. Can I give him/her to the BC SPCA?
Q - Help! My pet needs medical care that I can't afford. What can I do?
Q - Will there be a guarantee that my pets will not be euthanized?
Q - Will the payment I make qualify for a tax receipt?
Q - Will the new guardians be given money directly from the fund?
Q - Will the BC SPCA take custody of my pets when the time comes?
Q - What if I get a new pet?
Q - What does the BC SPCA do with the money they receive?
Q - If I have more than one pet, will they be placed in the same adoptive home?
Q - Do I sign a formal agreement with the BC SPCA when I register my pet?
Q - Do I have to change my Will to be eligible for the Pet Survivour Care Program?
Q - Can the BC SPCA remove my pets from the new adopter?
Q - Can my pet receive temporary foster care if needed while I am alive?
Q - Does the BC SPCA have a policy on using animals for dissection or for science projects?
Q - Does the BC SPCA have a policy on keeping wild or exotic pets in the classroom?
Q - Does the BC SPCA have a policy on bringing animals into the classroom for education purposes?
Q - How much is donated to the BC SPCA when I use my BMO MasterCard?
Q - Can I transfer HBC reward points already accumulated before linking to an SPCA community account?
Q - Can I donate my points other than through the HBC website?
Q - Why is the BC SPCA concerned with the welfare of farm animals?
Q - Who develops and revises the SPCA Certified Standards?
Q - Where do I find SPCA Certified products?
Q - What standards have been developed to date?
Q - What is the SPCA Certified program?
Q - What is the BC SPCA doing for farm animals?
Q - What is at the heart of the standards?
Q - What happens once a program member is officially certified by the BC SPCA?
Q - What can I do to help?
Q - What are the goals of the SPCA Certified program?
Q - What is the ratio of counselors to campers at BC SPCA summer camps?
Q - What form of payment is accepted for BC SPCA summer camp?
Q - What experience and qualifications do counsellors have for working with children at BC SPCA Summer Camps?
Q - My son/daughter is attending a BC SPCA summer camp. Will he/she be around sick or dangerous animals?
Q - Is lunch or snack provided for kids at BC SPCA Summer Camps?
Q - How quickly should I register my child for BC SPCA Summer Camp?
Q - How much time will my child spend directly with the animals at BC SPCA summer camp?
Q - How long has the BC SPCA offered summer camps for kids?
Q - Does the BC SPCA offer child care before and after Summer Camps?
Q - Can BC SPCA summer camps accommodate children with special needs?
Q - Do you have any information on classroom pets or animals in the classroom?
Q - Can someone from the BC SPCA visit my class with an animal?
Q - Can I bring my class for a shelter tour at the BC SPCA?
Q - What opportunities are available for volunteers?
Q - What are the benefits of becoming a volunteer?
Q - If I work shift work and can't dedicate the same day once a week, but know my schedule ahead of time and can provide available dates, can that be accommodated?
Q - If I am a volunteer can I apply for a job with the BC SPCA?
Q - How do I become a volunteer?
Q - Can I volunteer in more than one program?
Q - Will the BC SPCA help support and promote my group or cause?
Q - Is your website secure?
Q - How do I find my username/password?
Q - Will a bird reject its young if touched by a human?
Q - Who should I contact about injured or orphaned wildlife?
Q - What is a wild animal?
Q - What can I do about a wild animal in my attic? Under my deck? In my shed? How can I deter wildlife from coming into my backyard?
Q - There is an injured adult raccoon in my neighbourhood – can it be helped?
Q - There is a skunk in my backyard – will you remove it?
Q - There is a raccoon in my backyard – can you come get it?
Q - There is a fawn alone in a field/garden/backyard – where is its mom? Is it abandoned?
Q - There is a baby seal on the beach alone – where is its mom? Is it an orphan?
Q - Should I be concerned about wildlife feces on my property?
Q - My neighbour is feeding wildlife and attracting unwanted wildlife on my property – what do I do?
Q - My cat caught a bird, what do I do?
Q - Is it okay to feed wildlife?
Q - Is it considered cruelty to animals to allow a fish to sufficate slowly rather than killing it instantly?
Q - I saw a coyote in Metro Vancouver – what do I do and should I report it?
Q - I have squirrels in my attic – how do I get them out?
Q - I have raccoons in my shed/garage/crawl space – help!
Q - I found an injured squirrel – what should I do?
Q - I found an injured rabbit in my neighbourhood – is it wild?
Q - I found an injured bird, what do I do?
Q - I found a dead wild animal – what should I do with it?
Q - I found a bat – what should I do?
Q - I found a baby squirrel that fell out of the nest – what should I do?
Q - I found a baby raccoon – what do I do?
Q - How do you contain a wild animal if injured?
Q - How do I report an oil spill (even a small one in a ditch or stream)?
Q - How can I work with wildlife?
Q - How can I help wildlife?
Q - How can I help wildlife in the event of an oil spill?
Q - Crows are dive-bombing me – help!
Q - Can I move a bird’s nest?
Q - Can I catch the West Nile Virus from a bird?
Q - Can a raccoon, squirrel, coyote, or skunk have rabies?
Q - An all-grey gull is squawking and walking around the ground and won’t fly away, is it ok?
Q - A deer has been injured – can it be helped?
Q - A coyote lives in my neighbourhood – are my pets at risk?
Q - A bird is hopping around on the ground but cannot fly, is this ok?
Q - A bird has hit my window, what do I do?
Q - A baby bird has fallen out of its nest, what do I do?
Q - Oops! I lost my membership card. What should I do?
Q - How old do I have to be to volunteer at the BC SPCA?
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