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an info sheet describing the benefits of cat litters for cats and kittens in their homes
BC SPCA
The average life span of an indoor cat is longer than those allowed outside. Cats who live outdoors are vulnerable to injuries from fighting, poisoning, traffic accidents, contagious diseases and parasites, extreme weather, pet theft, animal cruelty and can fall prey to wild animals. However, it is important to provide an indoor environment that promotes natural behaviours such as hiding, chasing, climbing, jumping and pouncing. Click to read some of our tips!
a brown and black dog with its mouth open
BC SPCA
When it comes to furry, four-legged family members, pet guardians across the province aren’t always so vigilant about dental health. And it can be costly. Learn about what to consider when it comes to keeping your pets teeth healthy.
a person holding a small brown and black animal in their hands with the other hand
Caring for small animals
Small Animal Month means we celebrate the adorableness of critters like Gina! This sweet lady is waiting for a forever home at the BC SPCA Victoria Branch Did you know? The best way to handle a guinea pig is to use two hands to pick up them up. Be sure one hand supports the rump and hind legs. Guinea pigs like to be cuddled, but need to be handled gently and carefully. Find more guinea pig care tips when you click the picture.
a close up of a person holding a black cat in their arms and looking at the camera
The BC SPCA Squamish is tackling the issue of cat overpopulation with the help of a $3,000 grant awarded by the District of Squamish. Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital and Eagleview Veterinary Hospital are also partnering with the SPCA to provide spay and neuter surgeries to cat owners at a discounted price for low-income residents. Interested individuals can apply to fix their cat under this program at the Squamish SPCA. Click to learn more.
a brown and white rabbit sitting in the grass
BC SPCA
February is Adopt-a-rabbit month! Bunnies often spent the longest time at the shelter of any of our adoptable animals. Macadamia is one of them and you can meet her at the BC SPCA Victoria Branch What do they eat, how should they be housed and how much exercise should they get? Find the answers to all that and more when you click the picture.
two pictures side by side one has a cat and the other has a dog
BC SPCA
Augustus came into our care covered in mats and dirt with some wounds on his body. It’s thought that he has sustained the wounds when someone tried to cut mats out of his fur. Learn more about his story and the importance of pet grooming when you click the picture. This sweet senior has made himself at home in front of a heater as he waits for his forever family. For more information on Augustus, please contact the BC SPCA Quesnel Branch.
an orange cat sitting on top of a window sill
Maggie
Does your cat have a catio for his outdoor access, or do you take them for a walk on a leash? Learn more about how to provide the best environment for your cat when you click the picture. Manzarek is looking for a forever home at the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch.
a cat laying on top of a couch next to a white wall and looking at the camera
​My cat won't use the litter box what should I do?
Is your cat missing the mark? Inappropriate elimination is one of the most common cat behaviour concerns for guardians. Find out why this is happening and how you can solve the problem when you click the picture. Pass this tip along to fellow cat-loving guardians and friends!
a man, woman and two children sitting on a chair with a dog in their lap
BC Pet Registry: Safeguarding Your Pets with Microchip Registration
You always hear "never give up hope" when a pet goes missing. Well that sure came true for Moe today. The BC SPCA Campbell River Branch posted about a cat that had come into their care on Facebook. His family saw the post and immediately recognized him. They came in to identify him and took him home on Friday. Moe has been missing for 4 years! We are so excited that Moe now gets to be back with his loving family. Click to find out how to increase the chances of your pet finding their way home.
an orange and white cat laying on top of a red blanket next to a computer mouse
BC SPCA
Plenty of pet guardians are used to checking their companion animals for ticks in the summertime. But it’s just as important to check them in the winter months, a fact highlighted by Ticker, a cat who came into the BC SPCA Kamloops & District Branch as a stray – along with nine live ticks. Learn what to watch for in your cat and steps you can take when you click picture.
a dog peeking out from under a red blanket with fireworks in the sky behind it
Pet care and behaviour help topics
A good reminder for all of us with fur babies! The roaring thunder of fireworks can cause animals to panic, putting both pets and people in danger. Here are some tips from us at the BC SPCA: Keep your pets indoors and make sure to close the windows and draw the curtains. In case they do try to run away, make sure your pet is wearing identification. And finally, if you are joining the crowds to enjoy the festivities, leave your pets at home.
Did you wake up to a rumbling last night? After B.C.'s South Coast was hit by an ‪#‎earthquake‬ Tuesday night that measured 4.3 to 4.8 in magnitude, many British Columbians are taking inventory on their emergency preparedness.  We want to take this opportunity to encourage and remind pet guardians to remember to plan for their furry family members too. Find out what you should include in your pet's emergency kit just click the picture.
BC SPCA
Did you wake up to a rumbling last night? After B.C.'s South Coast was hit by an ‪#‎earthquake‬ Tuesday night that measured 4.3 to 4.8 in magnitude, many British Columbians are taking inventory on their emergency preparedness. We want to take this opportunity to encourage and remind pet guardians to remember to plan for their furry family members too. Find out what you should include in your pet's emergency kit just click the picture.
a man holding a black dog in his arms with the caption he sees you when you're eating
How to adopt
Thinking about adopting? This time of a year is a great time to sit down with your family and go over our pre-adoption checklist. Smokey Bear is available at the BC SPCA Shuswap Branch.
the holiday hazard poster is shown in red, green and yellow with words on it
Roscoe
At this time of year, there are plenty of festive decorations and seasonal treats in thousands of B.C. homes. Yet the holidays can be hazardous for your pets. Learn how to have a safe, healthy holiday season with your furry family members.
there is a cat that is sitting in the back of a truck with it's tire
How to keep your pets safe in colder weather conditions | BC SPCA
#‎coldweathersafety‬ tip: “Think and Thump” before starting your car. Cats and wildlife gravitate to warm engines during cold weather. Banging on the hood before getting into your car can avoid a tragic ending for an animal seeking refuge from the cold. Find more cold weather tips when you click the picture.
a cow eating hay out of a small dog house
BC SPCA
To help ensure all animals have adequate shelter during the cold months, a few of our BC SPCA animal protection officers visited homes on the Saanich peninsula with pet food, treats, dog houses and loads of hay. Yesterday they made the lives of six dogs a little more comfortable, ensuring they have a dry, windproof, hay-filled place to sleep. Learn more by clicking the picture.
an info sheet describing the benefits of pet supplies for dogs and cats in their homes
Did you know that using a pet resume can help you find pet friendly housing? Find out more about the pet housing crisis and what you can do to help by clicking the image.
a man and woman standing next to each other in front of a cage with an animal
BC Pet Registry: Safeguarding Your Pets with Microchip Registration
Does your pet have permanent ID? In the case your pet gets lost or strays far from home, it increases your changes of being reunited with your furry family member! Find out more at bcpetregistry.com Attila's story is a testament to the power of permanent ID! He was brought in to the BC SPCA South Okanagan-Similkameen Branch as a stray, he had a tattoo and we were able to locate his family. Attila had been missing from Peachland for over 19 months!
an info sheet describing the benefits of cat litters for cats and kittens in their homes
BC SPCA
The average life span of an indoor cat is longer than those allowed outside. Cats who live outdoors are vulnerable to injuries from fighting, poisoning, traffic accidents, contagious diseases and parasites, extreme weather, pet theft, animal cruelty and can fall prey to wild animals. However, it is important to provide an indoor environment that promotes natural behaviours such as hiding, chasing, climbing, jumping and pouncing. Here's some of our tips!
a white rabbit eating some broccoli on top of a green surface with the caption rabbits eating kale before it was cool
Rabbits make pretty cool companions; they are intelligent, social animals who require attentive and affectionate care givers. Learn more about caring for rabbits at www.spca.bc.ca/rabbitcare.
two women in blue shirts sitting on the floor next to a cage with some animals
BC SPCA
We are so lucky to have volunteers that take such outstanding care of our animals. At the BC SPCA Richmond Education & Adoption Centre, volunteers Queenie and Evelyn spent some time trimming our rabbits nails and helping to get them used to the process. Trimming nails is an important part of rabbit care!
an info sheet describing how to use the air conditioner for pets and their owners
It's getting warm! Reminder to be mindful of pets.
The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with partly open windows, can rapidly reach a level high enough to seriously harm or even kill your pet. Want to help spread the word in your community? Find a printable version of this infographic at spca.bc.ca/hotpets and while you are there, don't forget to sign up to get your free ‪#‎hotpetsnotcool‬ sticker ‪#‎millionacts‬
three girls are petting a cat in a cage
BC Pet Registry: Safeguarding Your Pets with Microchip Registration
Gusgus has been missing for four months, but her dedicated family did not give up hope and regularly updated the BC SPCA Alberni-Clayoquot Branch that their cat was still missing. This week Gusgus was brought to our shelter as a stray and with the help of her tattoo we were able to identify her right away. As you can see, a happy reunion followed! Ensure your pet finds their way home, register them in the first provincial database of permanent identification for pets in BC www.bcpetregistry.ca
two dogs laying in the grass with their tongue out
BC SPCA
Is your dog too excitable? While we love happy dogs, excitable dogs can display behaviours like chasing after moving objects (such as toys), not coming when called, jumping up, excessive barking, and pulling strongly on the lead. From mental stimulation to changing your dog’s response, find out our tips at www.spca.bc.ca/pet-care/care-behaviour/dogs/dogs.html
an info sheet describing the benefits of guinea pigs
Caring for small animals
WHEEK! Do you know what your guinea pig is trying to tell you? Check out what they are saying, and more interesting facts. ‪#‎guineapigsareawesome‬ Find out more about guinea pig care at spca.bc.ca/pet-care/care-behaviour/guinea-pigs/
a small pig is being petted by someone's hand in a room with white carpet
BC SPCA
Meet Penelope! She is a 3.5 month old friendly pig who is fully house broken and working on harness training. She enjoys belly scratches and really likes to be around other animals. Learn more about the commitment involved with adopting a pig and their needs at spca.bc.ca/news-and-even…/news/todays-fad-pet-tomorrows.html
a gray and white rat sitting in a cage
Treats? For me? - Malibu, the rat. Rats love treats! Things like unsweetened cereals, dog biscuits and dried pasta make great snacks for rats. Just don’t feed too many or you’ll end up with fat, unhealthy rats. Learn more at spca.bc.ca/assets/documents/youth/PDFs/rat-care-guide.pdf and meet Malibu at the BC SPCA Parksville-Qualicum Beach & District Branch
a close up of a dog with its tongue out
Considering adding a new pet to the family this year? Make sure to ask the right questions about heritable disorders, temperament and health guarantees. Visit our resource page to learn about signs of a reputable shelter, rescue or breeder! http://www.spca.bc.ca/…/Alternatives-to-buying-pets-online-…
a black cat with a tag on it's collar saying, dis is my name tag i need disc space
BC SPCA
Maude, available for adoption at the BC SPCA Squamish branch, knows the importance of pet ID! www.spca.bc.ca/petid We recommend all pets have two forms of ID; A visible ID tag is inexpensive and allows easy identification for a neighbour or passerby to return a lost pet quickly, and an ear tattoo or microchip implant for permanent ID.
a dog is looking over the edge of a desk with his paws on top of it
BC SPCA
Do you know anyone with an outdoor dog? Share this with them to help them find the resources to help make the transition to keeping their dog indoors, warm, healthy and safe. spca.bc.ca/outdoordogs
a cat that is laying down with its paw on someone's arm and the caption reads, sometimes you don't choose your family they choose you
How to adopt
http://support.spca.bc.ca/site/MessageViewer?em_id=13401.0
a close up of a cat behind a wooden wall with the caption i'm lost without you
Email - ID is Key!
Do your family’s pets have identification? In January’s e-Kids newsletter, we say “Yappy New Year” to our youngest supporters – with action ideas for making sure all pets have proper ID in 2015! http://support.spca.bc.ca/site/MessageViewer?em_id=13321.0 Kids can sign up to receive e-Kids every month at www.spca.bc.ca/ekids.
a dog is peeking out from under a blanket with fireworks in the sky behind him
Home
A good reminder for all of us with fur babies! The roaring thunder of fireworks can cause animals to panic, putting both pets and people in danger. Here are some tips from us at the BC SPCA: Keep your pets indoors and make sure to close the windows and draw the curtains. In case they do try to run away, make sure your pet is wearing identification. And finally, if you are joining the crowds to enjoy the festivities, leave your pets at home.
a cat is standing on its hind legs in front of a christmas tree
BC SPCA
You can't stop them from going on the naughty list, but you can ensure their safety with these holiday tips! spca.bc.ca/news-and-events/news/winter-holiday-pet-safety.html
there is a cat that is sitting in the back of a truck with it's tire
#coldweathersafety tip: “Think and Thump” before starting your car. Cats and wildlife gravitate to warm engines during cold weather. Banging on the hood before getting into your car can avoid a tragic ending for an animal seeking refuge from the cold. Find more cold weather & holiday tips at www.spca.bc.ca/news-and-events/news/winter-holiday-pet-safety.html
a black and white cat sitting on top of a purple blanket next to a person
BC SPCA
We’ve recently held two successful microchip clinics in Victoria. Last week twenty-two cats were microchipped at the Our Place “Vets for Pets” event. In addition to the 68 at the first event, this brings the total to 90 pets with new ID! In 2013, only 12.5% of stray cats taken in by the BC SPCA were returned to their owners, compared with 76% of stray dogs. Please make sure your cat finds their way home. Give your cat the gift of permanent identification. www.spca.bc.ca/petid
two pictures one with a cat and the other with a christmas tree
Having a Christmas tree and pets can be troublesome. Here are some tips: place the decorations above paw height; avoid using tinsel or angel hair, and ensure the tree is well-secured. Learn more about holiday pet health hazards and keeping your furry companions safe at www.spca.bc.ca/news-and-events/news/winter-holiday-pet-safety.html
an illustrated page with children and animals talking to each other about their favorite animal, rabbit
Rabbits may not bark or meow, but they do “talk” to us and each other with body language. From the pages of Bark! magazine, “Rabbit Habits” has some great info for kids and adults alike. http://www.spca.bc.ca/assets/documents/youth/animal-issues/bark-fall-2013-rabbit-habits.pdf Please share with rabbit guardians you know!
the holiday hazard poster is shown in red, green and yellow with words on it
Keep your pets warm, safe and healthy this holiday season! Spread the word to your friends and family. www.spca.bc.ca/news-and-events/news/winter-holiday-pet-safety.html
two brown and white hamsters sitting next to each other on a white surface with one guinea pig looking at the camera
From peticures to condos, learn how to give your guinea pig the royal treatment! http://www.spca.bc.ca/assets/documents/youth/animal-issues/Bark-Spring-2005-Guinea-Pigs.pdf. These two are waiting to be treated like princesses at a loving forever home. Meet Goldie and Fluffy at the BC SPCA Victoria Branch