Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Programs and Services

Cruelty investigations

The protection of animals against physical or psychological abuse and neglect is at the heart of the BC SPCA's mission. Through the powers granted to the BC SPCA through the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act and the Criminal Code of Canada, the SPCA's Special Provincial Constables have the power to investigate complaints of animal cruelty, issue orders to the owner of an animal to make necessary changes to ensure the health and safety of their animal(s), to execute warrants to remove animals in distress and to recommend charges of animal cruelty to Crown Counsel. The BC SPCA investigates more than 10,000 complaints of animals in distress annually.

Sheltering and adoptions

Each year the SPCA finds new homes for nearly 16,000 abandoned or surrendered animals. Almost all of the BC SPCA's 36 branches post photos and stories about homeless animals online so that potential adopters can view animals at home before visiting their local shelter. The BC SPCA has adopted the internationally recognized Asilomar Accords with the goal of saving the lives of all healthy and treatable companion animals entering our shelters.

Emergency rescue and treatment

The BC SPCA responds to thousands of calls to provide emergency rescue and treatment for animals who are injured or in danger. BC SPCA staff and volunteers are also there to rescue animals in large-scale emergencies.


The BC SPCA lobbies actively on animal-related issues, such as stronger anti-cruelty laws, pet-friendly rental housing and spay/neuter bylaws. Our monthly e-newsletter, Anim@ls provides details on how animal supporters can get involved in advocacy activities to protect animals.

Protection for farm animals

When people think of animal protection in B.C. they usually think of companion animls. But the BC SPCA also promotes the welfare of B.C.'s 20 million farm animals through livestock inspections, lobbying for improved codes of practice, educational farm tours for students, and SPCA Certified, a labeling program that identify food products which have been raised according high animal welfare standards established by the BC SPCA.

Wildlife rehabilitation

The BC SPCA rescues more than 2,500 deer, birds and other wildlife every year through its shelters and through Wild ARC, the BC SPCA's Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre located in Metchosin on Vancouver Island.

Youth programs

Through its SPCA Kids Club, youth magazine - Bark! magazine, school presentations, curriculum development, summer camps, youth workshops, and website resources, the BC SPCA encourages thousands of young people to treat animals with compassion and respect, while empowering youth to be ambassadors of the BC SPCA's mission.

Reducing pet overpopulation

The BC SPCA works to reduce the suffering of surplus animals in B.C. through pre-adoption spay/neuter programs in shelters, spay/neuter assistance for low-income pet guardians, partnerships with First Nations communities and spay/neuter education campaigns. The BC SPCA carries out nearly 12,000 low-cost spay/neuter operations a year through community grant programs and through its Spay/Neuter Clinics in Prince George and Kamloops and its animal hospitals in Vancouver and Penticton.

Humane education

Through brochures, fact sheets, displays, e-newsletters, AnimalSense magazine, public service campaigns and media releases, the BC SPCA promotes improved care and understanding of all animals.

Animal welfare research

The BC SPCA works closely with the award-winning Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia to increase knowledge and skills in the field of animal welfare, from studies on reducing stress for shelter animals to farm animal advocacy and awareness.

Lost & found pets

Every year the BC SPCA branches reunite thousands of lost pets with their anxious guardians. In addition to our Lost and Found website, the BC SPCA has also launched B.C.’s first centralized Pet Identification Registry to ensure that lost pets who are microchipped or tattooed and registered in the database can be safely and quickly returned to their guardians.

Violence Link

Recognizing the strong link between animal abuse and family violence, the BC SPCA has resources that inform social service and enforcement agencies about this important issue. Through cross-training and reporting, we are working to create humane communities where all life is respected, valued, and protected.

Veterinary services

The BC SPCA's animal hospitals in Vancouver and Penticton, provide quality veterinary care for thousands of sick and injured stray animals and provides a full range of veterinary services for the public.

In the North Cariboo region, the BC SPCA has opened the Prince George Spay and Neuter Clinic in an effort to reduce the overpopulation of companion animals and to educate residents of the need and benefits of spaying and neutering pets.

In 2009 the BC SPCA opened the new Kamloops Spay/Neuter Clinic to help reduce the problem of pet overpopulation in that area.

Assessment and matching programs

The BC SPCA is implementing ShelterSense a comprehensive animal management system to ensure all animals from intake to adoption receive a high standard of care. DogSense, for example, provides temperament assessment of dogs and a guardian matching program to help ensure a long-term relationship between animal and guardian. CatSense vastly reduces the stress of cats in the shelter environment helping reduce stress-related disease and improving adoption rates.

UBC Animal Welfare Program

The BC SPCA helped to establish the Animal Welfare program at the University of British Columbia based out of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. Many graduates of this program now apply their animal welfare expertise to assisting animals at the BC SPCA. For detailed information visit their site.

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