The protection of animals against physical or psychological abuse and neglect is at the heart of the BC SPCA's mission. The BC SPCA investigates over 7,100 complaints of animals in distress annually.
In 2010 the BC SPCA:
• Operated 30 animal shelters, two education 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 Island;
• Rescued 33,762 injured, homeless, neglected and abused animals (companion, farm and wild);
• Reunited 5,169 lost animals (including 4,004 dogs, 1,036 cats and 14 rabbits) with their anxious families;
• Transported 5,556 animals between shelters to maximize adoption and adopted 889 animals through our satellite adoption centres;
• Found new, loving families for 18,144 homeless animals (5,344 dogs, 11,306 cats, 407 rabbits, 1,087 small animals & other);
• Helped 1,848 injured and orphaned wild animals (1,283 birds, 561 mammals, two amphibians and two reptiles) at Wild ARC, the BC SPCA's wildlife rehabilitation centre in Metchosin on Vancouver Island. An additional 690 wild animals were also received in BC SPCA shelters;
• Conducted 7,147 new cruelty investigations;
• Removed 1,249 animals from dangerous or neglectful situations through cruelty investigations and rescued an additional 2,518 injured animals;
• Executed 117 warrants under the Criminal Code of Canada, the PCA Act and the Offense Act;
• Submitted 78 charges of animal cruelty and neglect to Crown Counsel;
• Offered humane education programs for thousands of children, youth and adults in B.C.;
• Provided more than $2 million for a wide range of programs to reduce pet overpopulation, including a free and low-cost spay/neuter services provided by the BC SPCA Vancouver animal hospital and the BC SPCA spay/neuter clinic in Prince George and Kamloops and through low-cost spay/neuter funds administered by SPCA branches across the province. The society also maintained its goal of 100% pre-adoption spay/neuter of dogs, cats and rabbits in all of its branches in 2010.
• Helped thousands of injured homeless animals through the BC SPCA animal hospital in Vancouver. The hospital offer full-service medical care, as well as low-cost spay/neuter and extensive charitable work for low-income pet guardians and local animal rescue groups.
SPCA Kamloops was able to identify one of its lost animals as Pollux, a dog that travelled 4,000 KM across Canada over the last year. SPCA International was able to fly Pollux home to Montreal to a joyous reunion with his family! Read the whole story here.
SPCA International is proud to assist the amazing work done at SPCA Kamloops with a Shelter of the Week grant.