The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia.
The BC SPCA provides a wide range of services for nearly 40,000 homeless, abused, and abandoned animals around the province. The BC SPCA was created under the auspices of the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and is the only animal welfare organization in BC which has the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty and to prepare cases for Crown Counsel for the prosecution of individuals who inflict suffering on animals.
The Society has 420 staff members (full-time, part-time and auxiliary) and 4,000 volunteers throughout the province.
Our staff includes
40 Special Provincial Constables, who are trained to investigate complaints of animal cruelty and neglect.
2008 the BC SPCA:
Operated 31 animal shelters, two educations
and adoption centres, one store-front adoption facility, three volunteer-run
branches without facilities and Wild ARC, a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Metchosin on Vancouver
Cared for 36,991 domestic, farm and wild
Reunited thousands of lost animals with their anxious
Found new, loving families for 19,951 homeless
Rescued 1,867 deer, birds and other wildlife
at Wild ARC, the BC SPCA’s wildlife rehabilitation centre;
Conducted 4,780 cruelty investigations;
Removed 1,297 animals from dangerous or neglectful
situations through cruelty investigations, and rescued an additional 3,980
Executed 111 warrants under the Criminal Code
of Canada, the PCA Act and the Offense Act;
Submitted 98 charges of animal cruelty and
neglect to Crown Counsel;
Offered humane education programs for thousands of children, youth and adults in