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

Providing pet food for low-income, people living outdoors and senior pet guardians

The goal of the BC SPCA is to help improve the welfare of all animals. Dr. Jamie Lawson, Chief Animal Health Officer for the BC SPCA started the pet food bank in 2000 with the Vancouver Food Bank as an outreach program for the Downtown Eastside.

The program is named in memory of a dog that was intentionally starved by his owner. Charlie came into our care in critical condition and despite the best efforts of BC SPCA Animal Hospital staff, Charlie passed away after three weeks of intensive care. All those involved in Charlie's case were deeply affected by the senseless act of cruelty, Charlie's struggle, anguish and the resulting loss of his life.

Our thanks to Mission Possible, who kindly provide space to distribute the food every week.

About the Program

When: Thursdays 10am - 12pm
Where: Mission Possible, 543 Powell Street, Vancouver  BC
Location Map

The Vancouver Animal Hospital provides:

  • Free pet-food for dogs, cats, birds and small animals.
  • Toys, treats, leashes, collars, litter, litter boxes and carriers
  • Information on behaviour, training, basic care and local animal by-laws
  • Free spay & neuters

Download a one page Poster about this program (189 KB)



How You Can Help

Charlie's Food Bank distributes approximately 5000 lbs of pet food every month through the weekly food bank; drop off for the disabled, and through the Vancouver BC SPCA Branch.

Donations are welcome and very much needed!

  • Cat food - dry kibble and canned
  • Dog food - dry kibble and canned
  • Leashes
  • Harnesses - cat and dog
  • Litter
  • Litter boxes
  • Toys
  • Bird seed
  • Dog & Cat treats

Item Donations can be dropped off at:

Or, please make a cash donation in support of the Vancouver Animal Hospital. Your support will help us to continue this vital program and you receive an official receipt for income tax purposes.





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