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

 May 1, 2014

Every May, humane organizations across North America celebrate Be Kind to Animals Month, recognizing the important role animals play in our lives with the aim of raising awareness of animal welfare issues and celebrating the human-animal bond.

In honour of Be Kind to Animals Month this year, the BC SPCA is encouraging people to “Dare to Care” by taking a little extra time to appreciate the ways animals enrich our lives and explore the different ways we can give back.

Here are just five ways to say “thank you” to the animals this May, and all throughout the year:

  1.    Adopt from the SPCA. Whether a cat, dog, rabbit, hamster or guinea pig, by making the BC SPCA your first adoption option, you can give a homeless animal a second chance. Begin your search online today.
  2.    ID your cat. Sadly, only 11 per cent of lost cats brought to BC SPCA shelters are reunited with their guardians, compared with 66 per cent of dogs, who are more likely to have identification. ID for cats can change that statistic. All cats need a collar and tag, plus permanent ID – a tattoo or microchip.
  3.    Report animal cruelty. If you don’t speak up for animals, who will? To report an animal in distress in British Columbia, 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: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sat & Sun: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). If the animal emergency is outside of these hours, please contact your local police department or RCMP.
4.    Buy humane. As a consumer, you have the power to influence the way many animals are treated. Commit to paying closer attention to more of the products you buy and how they might affect animals. The SPCA Certified program was created to ensure farm animals are raised to a higher standard of animal welfare; look for the SPCA Certified red barn logo on cage-free eggs, meat and dairy products.

5.    Spend time with your pets. One of the biggest things you can do for animals is simply taking some extra time to care for and appreciate the ones you already love. Take time to make their lives better and enjoy their company – the rewards you will get back will be immeasurable.

To further spread the word about this special month, particularly to youth, the BC SPCA is inviting elementary schools and public libraries across B.C. to set up Be Kind to Animals Month book displays. To help, we have sent a package to all libraries which includes a list of recommended animal books to display, a “Dare to Care” poster and suggestions for additional ways to engage students in learning more about  animal welfare. All recommended books have been assessed for humane content; for a complete list, please visit

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.

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