They are the unsung heroes of homeless and abused animal in B.C. – the 4,000 volunteers who help the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) care for nearly 34,000 animals in need every year.
There are volunteers on duty 24 hours a day, fostering entire litters of abandoned kittens that are so young and so vulnerable that they require bottle-feeding every two hours.
There are volunteers who walk dogs every morning and every afternoon.
And there are volunteers who clean kennels, arrange events, solicit donations and offer humane education programming to school children.
“Volunteers provide vital expertise in our 37 branches across the province,” says Brian Houlihan, the BC SPCA’s general manager of volunteer resources. “We couldn’t carry out our mission work without them.”
SPCA volunteers regularly lend their talents both for and on behalf of animals. Volunteers walk dogs, foster kittens, cuddle cats, clean animal habitats, fundraise, organize special events, create promotional materials and perform dozens of other tasks to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.
The BC SPCA salutes its volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 10 to 16. According to Volunteer Canada, 11.8 million Canadians volunteer to help others, contributing almost two billion volunteer hours per year.
Volunteering for the BC SPCA is both exciting and rewarding. You can find more information on how to become a BC SPCA volunteer on our website.
The BC SPCA provides care and protection to more than 34,000 animals each year. Your gift of time or generous donation can help give a homeless, injured or abused animal a second chance. Please donate today.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.