What will you do to prevent animal abuse?
Neglect, abandonment, lack of veterinary care, animal hoarding, intentional abuse – sadly, these examples of animal cruelty are all too common. In 2013, the BC SPCA’s Special Provincial Constables conducted 7,839 new cruelty investigations. It’s a staggering statistic and many of us feel overwhelmed when we think of the thousands of animals who experience distress.
The good news is that we can all take action to provide a safety net for our province’s vulnerable animals and to prevent animal abuse before it ever begins. If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference after hearing about a case of animal cruelty in the news, here are five things you can do to help.
Don’t be a bystander! If you are concerned that an animal may be in distress, do not ignore it. Your actions could help save a life. In addition to protecting the animal, you may also be protecting children or adults at risk of being harmed. Recognize the signs of an animal in distress and report animal cruelty to BC SPCA’s toll-free hotline at 1-855-622-7722.
Take responsibility for the animals in your life. Animals are a part of everyone’s life. Pets, wildlife, farm animals and animals used in research can all benefit from our actions. Be a responsible animal guardian, learn about the Five Freedoms, choose SPCA Certified foods and protect wildlife.
Speak up for animals. Send a message to your local elected officials to let them know how important it is to have strong animal protection legislation as well as resources for animal cruelty law enforcement and prevention work. You can also add your voice to one of our animal welfare campaigns.
Teach the kids in your life that kindness counts. Early prevention is our best weapon in the fight against animal abuse. Summer camps, Pro-D day workshops, school presentations, teacher curriculum units and our popular Kids Club are just some of the engaging ways the BC SPCA’s youth education programs help children of all ages develop lifelong empathy skills and learn the value of compassion toward all living things.
Learn about the Violence Link. All too often, animals are not the only victims of abuse. There is a strong connection between animal cruelty and other forms of violence such as bullying and domestic abuse.
Molly, an 18-month old shepherd-cross dog, was found emaciated and near death in Port Hardy this year.
Want to do more?
Get involved! Join our community of dedicated supporters by dedicating your time, energy and talents to animal abuse prevention in B.C.
- Check out our careers page if you’ve ever dreamed about working in animal welfare.
- Make a donation to support our animal cruelty prevention and law enforcement programs.
How has animal abuse touched your life? Have you taken action? Share your story through email or social media to inspire others and help us learn from your experience.
Animal Abuse Prevention Day recognized by the BC SPCA and in the B.C. Legislature.
The High Paws Hall of Fame – See how kids across B.C. are making a difference.
Happy Endings – Heart-warming stories about animals who have been given a second chance thanks to compassionate families across the province.