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

Location and contact information
154 Westwood Road
Nanaimo, B.C.
V9R 0G9

Previous events

Discover past events hosted by or benefitting the BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Branch and learn what's been happening in your community to support animals in need.


2014 events

July 14 - Aug 22

Summer camps

2013 Events

December 3

Do you know the Code? Learn about Canada's new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines with Dr. Bettina Bobsien, DVM

March 23

Royal Candian Legion Hosts Nanaimo BC SPCA at its 2013 Craft Fair

March 21

Youth Workshop: "Big Hearts for Small Animals"

February 16

West Coast Thrift hosts Big Bark Book Sale

February 1

Youth Workshop: "Healthy Pets, Happy Pets"


2012 Events

November 17

Nanaimo SPCA Community Christmas Party

September 9

Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause Walk

June 23

Rabies Clinic (Nanaimo)

June 13

Beer & Burger Pub Night - Sponsored by Island Veterinary Hospital

January 25

Oldtimers Hockey Challenge 2012



2011 Events

October 1

6th Annual Belly for the Beast

September 11

Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause

August 26

Youth Workshop: "Making a Big Difference for Small Animals"

August 18

Youth Workshop: "What's the buzz?"

July 20

Youth Workshop: "All About Cats and Dogs"  

July 16

Annual Rabies Clinic Day

July 13

Youth Workshop: "Careers with Critters" CANCELLED

May 19

Pub Night

May 14

Open House

April 17

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

March 7

Nanaimo & District Branch Annual General Meeting

January 24

Oldtimers Hockey Challenge


2010 Events

December 4

Pet Photos with Santa

September 25

Good Knight

September 17

18th Annual Celebrity Waiters Dinner Event "Friends in Uniform for Animals"

September 12

Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause

September 11

"Dog Day" Photo Session

August 23 - 27 

Summer Camp

August 20 

The 2010 Great Kennel Lock In

August 16 - 20

Summer Camp

August 9 - 16

Summer Camp

August 3 - 6

Summer Camp

July 26 - 30

Summer Camp

July 19 - 23

Summer Camp

July 12 - 16 

Summer Camp


Volunteer Appreciation BBQ, Sunday April 18

Join us on Sunday, April 18 from 1 to 4:00 p.m. at Westwood Lake.

There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments free of charge! If you wish to bring a salad or side dish, you are most welcome to, but it's not required.

For more information please call Bonnie or Leon at 250-758-0351.



Dog Photo Session - Saturday, April 10th 

Get your dog's photo taken at Yeosmith Studio in Nanaimo!  

Yeosmith Studio is located at 2090 Grieve Road, Cedar B.C.

A $30 donation that will go to the Nanaimo SPCA will get you a session with photographer Cassandra Smith.  You will also receive a $30 print credit to get prints on your furry best friend.

View the event poster for more information. By appointment only!

For more information, and to book a session, please contact Cassandra Smith at 250-739-0340 or send her an email.





Easter Bunny Photography Session - Sunday, March 20th

Have an Easter photo session with bunnies to support the Nanaimo & District SPCA!

For $75 you can have your photo professionally taken at Etheridge Photographic, 7220 Royal Drive in Lantzville, B.C. between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

$10 from ever photo session will be donated to the Nanaimo Branch.

Help animals and need and create a lasting memory. Please download our poster to learn more. (link opens a .pdf document)

For more information, and to book your session, please contact Kelli Etheridge at 250-619-6273.   



Guns and Hoses - Sunday, March 28th

Nanaimo RCMP vs. Nanaimo Fire Department in a Hockey Faceoff Extravaganza!

Join us on Sunday, March 28th at 12:00 p.m. for the pre-game Tailgate Party and then at 3:15 for the game.

This event will take place at the Frank Crane Arena, Beban Park Nanaimo at 2300 Bowen Road.

There will be refreshements, hot dogs and more! Activities include viewing police cars, fire trucks, police helicopters and there will even be a bouncy castle for the kids!

To learn more, please view the event poster. (link opens a .pdf document)

Cash donations will be greatly accepted.

For more information please contact Leon Davis by email, or by phone at: 250-758-0351 



2009 Events 

M & J Tree Service and Marty’s Complete Yard Maintenance are “chipping” in their time and services again as sponsors of the 2010 SPCA Fundraiser Christmas Tree Chipping.

Christmas trees can be brought to: 

Brook’s Landing Mall
Nanaimo, BC

The chipping fee is by donation with all proceeds benefiting the Nanaimo & District Branch of the BC SPCA.  

For more information, contact the Nanaimo Branch.  



Adopt "A Friend For Life" This Holiday Season

Is the slogan for this years 7th annual "Home 4 the Holidays" adoption campaign. We are hoping to adopt 250 homeless pets from November 2nd to January 3rd ,2010. The Nanaimo and District SPCA is proud to join over 3000 shelters and rescue groups worldwide with a combined goal of 1 million pets adopted.

It is the first "Home 4 the Holidays" Adoption Campaign for new manager Leon Davies, who took the reins last February. "I am excited about this campaign which makes such a difference for Nanaimo's homeless pets and gives them a chance to find a home during the holiday season.

Our experience at the SPCA has been that return rates are actually lower in January and promoting our pets during a time when people are thinking about adding a pet takes away business from puppy and kitty mills, plus backyard breeders. This year we invite prospective adopters to preview our homeless pets online at, where most of our cats can be seen on YouTube, which will make the decision which cat to adopt easier.

The extra publicity "Home 4 the Holidays" generates through weekly updates and feature pets on Shaw TV, The Wave radio station's Morning show with Heather and Ray on Friday, about 8:15 and in Thursdays' Nanaimo's News Bulletin, makes all the difference to our adoption numbers." Leon Davies comments. "We are hoping we have a mild winter especially around Christmas. Last year the unusual snowfall before and during Christmas stopped the momentum we had to reach our goal of 250 and sadly we missed it by only 17 adoptions.

We would love to reach our goal this year and hopefully even exceed it and with our new Satellite location Bosley's soon to be adopting cats this should be possible."

Visit the Nanaimo and District SPCA at 2200 Labieux Rd. today and adopt your "Friend for Life". Download our poster for more information



BBQ for the homeless Cats and Dogs of Nanaimo

Congratulations to Jim Bell, Reta Johnson and their Golden Retriever Maggie, who hosted a "BBQ for the homeless Cats and Dogs of Nanaimo" and raised $330 and won a Weber BBQ.

We also like to thank the following merchants for their donations towards this fundraiser:

  • Slegg Lumber
  • Home Depot
  • Thrifty Foods
  • Quality Foods
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Purified Water Store
  • Co-op Gas Stations
  • City Tile
  • Art Knapp 



Grand Hotel "Pancake Breakfast"

The Nanaimo BCSPCA would like to thank the Grand Hotel for hosting the fantastic "Pancake Breakfast" event on August 15th.  The hotel supplied, at no cost, the staff, the set up and of course all the planning.

The event raised over $1200 for the care of animals in the Nanaimo district and we hope to do it again next year.

Nanaimo Mayor John Rutten was even there to help flip the flapjacks! 

We would like to give a huge thanks to the following attendees and sponsors:

  • Neptune Food services for supplying the pancake batter and sausages
  • Canterbury Coffee for supplying the coffee and tea
  • Coca Cola for supplying cold drinks
  • Nanaimo Toyota for the large tent and car display
  • The Art of Music for supplying the DJ services
  • CKAY FM and Paul Nuttel for all the radio advertising spots
  • Lee Mason; Director of the Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Drysdale; Exec. Director of Nanaimo Tourism
  • Mini Party Animals for bringing "Puppy" the miniature horse
  • Aurora photography for their services.

We at the Nanaimo shelter are so grateful for the community support we are receiving in a tough year and look forward to working closely with our community partners well into the future!



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