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

 September 26, 2013

Did you know that only 17 per cent of all pets in B.C. families come from an SPCA shelter or rescue group? On Thursday, Sept. 26 at 12:30 p.m., staff and volunteers at BC SPCA shelters across the province will unite with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations around the world to participate in a Remember Me candle-lighting event. 

“The candles, which will be lit at exactly the same time across the globe, will honour the important role that animals play in our lives and will hopefully shine a light on the millions of healthy pets still awaiting adoption,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA.

Members of the public are invited to a candle-lighting event at the Vancouver SPCA shelter boardroom, 1205 East 7th Avenue, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

“So many people’s lives have been touched and enriched by a special animal,” says Chortyk. “We invite people to bring a tea light, a photo of an animal companion and to join in the candle-lighting ceremony in celebration of an animal who has touched their heart, and to help us raise awareness about the amazing animals in our care who do not yet have families to love them.” She said members of the public are encouraged to view the animals awaiting homes and, if they wish, to make a donation to help care for a shelter animal.” Online donations are welcomed at

People are also encouraged to help spread the word to other animal lovers by sharing our Remember Me posts at and by posting a photo of an adopted animal who has touched their life with the hashtag #LightForPets.

“Last year the BC SPCA rescued nearly 29,000 homeless, neglected and abused animals,” says Chortyk. “These animals are in our shelters through no fault of their own. They are here because their guardians couldn’t, or wouldn’t, care for them. They are amazing animals with so much love to give and they really deserve to be part of a family.” 

The Remember Me Thursday movement was created by Mike Arms, president of Helen Woodward Animal Center in California.

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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