THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

The BC SPCA has 508 staff members (full-time, part-time and auxiliary) and nearly 4,000 volunteers throughout the province.

Our staff includes 28 full-time Special Provincial Constables, one part-time and two auxiliary Special Provincial Constables who are trained and authorized to investigate complaints of animal cruelty and neglect. One additional constable works full-time at a branch and assists with investigations.
 

In 2015 the BC SPCA:

  • Operated 31 community animal care centres, two education & adoption centres, one store-front adoption facility, two volunteer-run branches without facilities and Wild ARC, a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Metchosin on Vancouver Island.

  • Rescued 27,187 injured, homeless, neglected and abused animals (companion, farm and wild);

  • Reunited 3,949 lost animals (including 2,739 dogs, 1,143 cats, 15 rabbits,) with their families;

  • Transported 4,994 animals between shelters to maximize adoption;

  • Found new, loving families for 15,811 homeless animals (2,706 dogs, 1,036 puppies, 5,581 cats, 4,930 kittens, 345 rabbits, 953 small animals (includes birds), 242 farm animals, 18 other);

  • Helped 2,937 injured and orphaned wild animals (2030 birds, 899 mammals, five reptiles and three amphibians) at Wild ARC, the BC SPCA’s wildlife rehabilitation centre in Metchosin on Vancouver Island;

  • Conducted 10,205 new cruelty investigations;

  • Removed 1,110 animals from dangerous or neglectful situations through formal cruelty investigations;

  • Executed 148 warrants under the Criminal Code of Canada, the PCA Act and the Offense Act;

  • Submitted 53 charges of animal cruelty and neglect to Crown Counsel;

  • Distributed humane education materials to all elementary schools and public libraries (2,140) in the province, including Bark! magazine four times a year; provided humane education programs to more than 10,000 children through nearly 400 school presentations and school-based animal clubs; offered summer camps for nearly 1,400 children; provided school holiday workshops for 450 children; engaged nearly 6,000 youth through the BC SPCA Kids Club and provided lesson ideas and resources to 5,129 educators.

  • Provided free or subsidized spay/neuter for 8,988 community animals through the BC SPCA's Animal Hospitals in Vancouver and Penticton, the BC SPCA spay/neuter clinics in Prince George and Kamloops, and through Branch-administered spay/neuter funds across the province.

  • Provided spay/neuter surgeries and permanent pet identification for 6,703 incoming shelter animals. The BC SPCA is committed to 100% pre-adoption spay/neuter and permanent identification for all dogs, puppies, cats kittens and rabbits.

  • Launched the new BC Pet Registry, British Columbia’s first centralized database for pets who receive permanent identification at any BC SPCA shelter, veterinarian or microchip clinic across the province. Since its launch in April 2015, more than 17,000 animals have been registered.

  • Helped thousands of injured homeless animals through the BC SPCA Vancouver animal hospital. The hospital offers full-service medical care, as well as extensive charitable work for low-income pet guardians and local animal rescue groups. Held weekly pet food banks and 19 free outpatient veterinary clinics for low-income pet guardians in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, with more than 7,900 visits.

    The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services. Your gift can help give a homeless, injured or abused animal a second chance. Please donate today.

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