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

 September 23, 2014

A sweetheart of a small dog needs all the help he can get from his animal-loving friends. Mickey, a 10-year-old chihuahua who recently came into the Vancouver SPCA shelter’s care, needs extensive dental surgery to give him a better chance at a pain-free and more comfortable life. The tiny canine also has a heart condition that requires daily medication, but it’s a heart of gold, says Vancouver BC SPCA Branch manager Charlotte Ellice.

“Mickey is such a gem! He’s great with people and with animals,” she says. “He’s very calm and has no behavioural issues whatsoever. Everyone loves him.”

To improve the condition of his mouth, Mickey needs extensive dental surgery, expected to cost upward of $2,000. Despite his heart condition, Ellice is confident in the elite skills of the animal dental professionals who will perform the surgery – West Coast Dental Specialists – because of their vast experience and knowledge dealing with patients who have potential risks.

“He is such a dear. We just want little Mickey to be able to enjoy the rest of his life as much as he can, hopefully in a loving forever home,” Ellice says, adding that he is currently in foster care. “After he recovers from his surgery, we are hopeful we can find his perfect match.”

To help Mickey and other animals like him in need at the Vancouver shelter, you can donate online at or in person at 1205 East 7th Ave., Vancouver.

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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