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


Help prevent pet overpopulation

British Columbia has an enormous pet overpopulation problem – particularly with cats. BC SPCA's branches take in more than 28,000 animals each year, plus thousands of additional animals are cared for by other rescue groups and animal control agencies throughout the province.

In the last three years, we launched the following new initiatives to address overpopulation through spaying and neutering:

  1. Project to fix 1500 cats over two years in Campbell River
  2. Project to fix 950 cats over two years in Cranbrook
  3. Project to fix 800 cats in one year in Prince George
  4. Project to fix 800 cats over two years in Port Alberni
  5. Project to fix 400 cats over one year in Burns Lake
  6. Project to fix 300 cats over two years in Port Hardy
  7. Project to fix 50 cats over one year in Haida Gwaii
  8. Project to fix 60 cats over two blitz days in Creston
  9. Project to fix 800 cats and 400 dogs annually in targeted communities across the province

Learn more about what the BC SPCA does to prevent suffering related to pet overpopulation.

Guardians and caretakers in need: B.C. cat spay/neuter funds available

These communities have some form of low-cost or no-cost spay/neuter surgeries available for cats, and on occasion, dogs and rabbits as well. We encourage municipalities in B.C. to establish spay/neuter funds to help end pet overpopulation through offering low-cost spay/neuter to low-income residents. We also value the dedicated work of other registered animal charities in B.C. who use their funds to provide for low-cost or free spay/neuter surgeries in their communities.

What can you do to help promote spay/neuter?

  1. Send a letter to mayor and council to request spay/neuter funds for your area
  2. Volunteer to post or hand out brochures and flyers around your community
  3. Give a spay/neuter fund presentation to mayor and council
  4. Organize a team of volunteers to post or hand out brochures and flyers around your community
  5. Volunteer to help with transport or to foster an animal who needs spay/neuter surgery aftercare
  6. Do you have specialized skills with web and video, or are you really great at using Google? We can use your volunteer help at the provincial office
  7. Donate to cover the cost of a cat spay or a cat neuter

BC SPCA low-cost spay/neuter clinics

We operate three low-cost spay/neuter clinics across the province. Their prices are already deeply discounted and some offer additional discounts for low-income residents.

Information and FAQs on spaying and neutering your pets

  • Decreases aggressive behaviours and inappropriate marking and urination
  • Reduces the likelihood of pets developing cancer in reproductive organs
  • Helps eliminate the drive to wander and escape 

Learn more about the benefits of spay & neuter.

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BC SPCA grant instrumental in cat rescue success on Quadra Island

May 24, 2017

Over the past five years, the BC SPCA Community Animal Spay/Neuter Grant has provided vital support to organizations that dedicate their time to decreasing cat overpopulation, like Quadra Cat Rescue.

Legacy funds help B.C. communities address outdoor cat overpopulation problem

April 6, 2017

Community cats in British Columbia are getting the help they need thanks to the generosity of animal lovers and supporters who planned ahead and designated legacies to combat cat overpopulation.

BC SPCA offers free spay/neuter clinic for feral cats in Kamloops

February 21, 2017

The BC SPCA’s Spay/Neuter Clinic in Kamloops is holding a free clinic on Wednesday, March 22 to help reduce the suffering of feral cats in the region.

Cats in Comox get a helping hand thanks to new grant

January 25, 2017

Live in Comox and haven’t gotten around to spaying or neutering your cat yet? Now is the purr-fect time, thanks to a recent grant from PetSmart Charities™ of Canada.

BC SCPCA to tackle cat overpopulation in Dawson Creek with new grant

January 16, 2017

A recent grant from PetSmart Charities™ of Canada will go a long way in addressing the province’s cat overpopulation crisis in Dawson Creek.

Cranbrook community on the road to success in battling cat overpopulation

January 4, 2017

Thanks to a Pet Smart Charities® of Canada grant awarded to the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch to help address the community’s cat overpopulation, intake of stray kittens dropped by 40 per cent in 2016.

Helping homeless animals: Applications now being accepted for BC SPCA grant

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The BC SPCA is now accepting applications for the 2017 BC SPCA Community Animal Spay/Neuter Grant Program. Find out how it helps community cats like Pirate, a kitten born with just one eye.

Fix your cat for free in Cranbrook: Last chance to take advantage of grant

October 26, 2016

It was a rainy October morning when a tiny, four-week-old kitten was spotted, wet, muddy, and huddling against a building for warmth.

Community cats find hope through BC SPCA Kamloops TNR Program

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In honour of National Feral Cat Day on Oct. 16, the BC SPCA is recognizing the many volunteers and staff dedicated to reducing overpopulation across B.C.

Come celebrate with us: BC SPCA hospital marks 40th anniversary

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Come and celebrate! The BC SPCA’s animal hospital in Vancouver is marking 40 years of service to the community with an open house on Sunday, Sept. 18.

BC SPCA grant helps local group gain ground with pet overpopulation

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A BC SPCA grant has helped a local group combat pet overpopulation with spay and neuter surgeries, resulting in an astounding decrease of homeless cats in Victoria and surrounding communities.

Roadside rabbits in Victoria heading to safer home, thanks to helping hands

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Rabbits may be cute and cuddly-looking, but when they live in a median at a busy Victoria interchange, it can be dangerous for both the motorists and the bunnies themselves.

Campbell River cats like Carl showcase PetSmart grant success

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Carl is a poster cat for the success of a PetSmart Charities® of Canada grant in Campbell River, an initiative that saw the successful spaying and neutering of 1,500 cats in the region.

Communities address outdoor cat overpopulation problem with help from BC SPCA Legacy funds

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Thanks to the generosity of animal lovers who planned ahead and designated legacies to combat cat overpopulation, the BC SPCA is able to address the suffering of outdoor-living cats in B.C.

Less than 50 cat sterilization surgeries remaining for Campbell River SPCA to reach goal

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Fix 400 cats in Four Months, a spay/neuter initiative for cats in Campbell River, has been an overwhelming success, with less than 50 cats remaining to be sterilized.

More than 250 cats spayed, neutered through Cranbrook SPCA

March 10, 2016

The BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch is excited to announce that more than 250 cats have been spayed and neutered since launching a no-cost spay/neuter program for Cranbrook residents last June.

Fix your cat right away: BC SPCA launches spay/neuter campaign in Peace Region

February 15, 2016

The BC SPCA has launched a campaign, Fix Your Cat Right Away, which calls on local residents to spay and neuter their cats to help curtail the cat overpopulation crisis in the Peace Region.

Together, we can end overpopulation: Think spay/neuter this February

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Cathy Brzoza, treasurer for Nanaimo’s CatNap Society, is a great example of how kindness counts. Through a BC SPCA grant partnership, she has helped change the lives of nearly 80 cats in 2015.

BC SPCA Prince George Spay/Neuter Clinic celebrates an exceptional decade

October 30, 2015

The BC SPCA is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Prince George.

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