The BC SPCA believes that an animal's welfare is synonymous with its quality of life and that animals' health and emotions both contribute to their welfare.
While we acknowledge it is not possible to prevent animals from experiencing all pain or discomfort in their lives, BC SPCA standards strive to provide animals with the Five Freedoms, which are derived from those first described by the Farm Animal Welfare Council of the UK:
1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
2. Freedom from pain, injury or disease
3. Freedom from distress
4. Freedom from discomfort
5. Freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being