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

Report incident of animal in distress

To report an animal in distress (including wildlife), please call the toll free Animal Cruelty Reporting Hotline at 1 (855) 6BC SPCA (1-855-622-7722). The call centre is open seven days per week;
Mon to Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat & Sun: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If this is an animal emergency outside of these hours, please contact your local police department or RCMP.

"The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk?, but Can they suffer?" 
~ English philosopher, Jeremy Bentham

The BC SPCA was created under the auspices of the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act), and is the only animal welfare organization in BC that has the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty, and to recommend charges for Crown Counsel for the prosecution of individuals who inflict suffering on animals.  

The PCA Act allows our Special Provincial Constables to intercede whenever any animal, with the exception of species at risk or wildlife that are not in captivity, is found in a state of distress.

Our special constables respond to all complaints of animal cruelty and neglect. Our special constables work with animal guardians to educate them on animal protection laws and proper care required for their animal. In severe cases, animals may be seized, and the owners charged with animal cruelty.

Review our latest stats at a glance to find the number of annual investigations performed, warrants executed, charges recommended and animals rescued.

What is animal cruelty?

Learn how to recognize animal cruelty and the signs of an animal in distress.

The BC SPCA cruelty investigations team

Get to know our team of specially trained constables, and review our investigation process.

Investigation cases

Looking for information on a specific case? Find it here along with updates and other news.


Learn more about the PCA Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.

The Violence Link

Discover the link between violence against animals and domestic violence.

Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to your specific questions.

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