Temperatures are dropping across B.C. as winter nears, and the first of the season’s storms are already bringing winds, rain and chill to all corners of the province.
To help ensure all animals have adequate shelter during the cold months, BC SPCA senior animal protection and outreach officer, Vancouver Island Erika Paul, her husband and her colleague Lynsay Bailey, BC SPCA animal protection officer, have been visiting homes on the Saanich peninsula with pet food, treats, dog houses and loads of hay.
“We’re just trying to make the lives of a few dogs much more comfortable – we’ve already had some serious storms, and some of these dogs had nothing more than a pallet structure, which did not provide wind or rain protection,” Paul says.
While Paul and Bailey usually spread donations of pet food, treats, collars, dog coats and more around this time of year, Bailey put out a special plea for dog houses and hay after the storms earlier this week, Paul notes.
“They’ll definitely use them – one malamute starting throwing his hay all around and made a nice, comfy bed for himself right away,” Paul says. “Hopefully, we’ll get more (donations) and be able to help more animals, but we three will rest a little easier tonight knowing that six dogs out there are snuggled up in their dry, windproof, hay-filled homes.”
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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.