Anim@ls eNewsletter – April 2012 “Wild Things”


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Each year, the BC SPCA rescues more than 2,000 injured and orphaned wild animals. Sadly, many of these animals have sustained their injuries through interactions with humans or because of encroachment on their natural habitat. At Wild ARC, the BC SPCA’s wildlife rehabilitation centre in Metchosin, animals ranging from river otters to eagles receive individualized care and rehabilitation before being released back to the wild.

April is Wildlife Awareness Month and we encourage you to learn more about how you can make your community a safer place for the wild animals who share our world.
Thank you for supporting all the animals in our care!

With appreciation,

Lorie Chortyk
General Manager, Community Relations

PS. You can multiply your impact! Forward this message to friends, family and colleagues.

April 2012
Issue 110

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Pet on the Net

BC SPCA Pet on the Net

Even though Mavis is easy going with other cats and greets everyone who enters the Communal Room with a friendly chirp she has still been waiting since August 2011 for a home.

Learn more about Mavis…

Happy Endings

BC SPCA Happy Ending

Arriving with thinning dry fur, a wobbly back end and looking a bit scruffy, Taso soon started to look a 100% better after a few conditioning baths.

Learn more about Taso’s Happy Ending…

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Thank you for speaking out against Bill 24
crueltycrest+dog200A big thank you to all of our supporters who wrote to the government expressing concerns about the proposed amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (Bill 24) and negative impact of these changes on animals in need.

Your voice is so important in the discussions that will take place over the next few weeks in the legislature and there is still time for the government to amend the Bill. Thank you for speaking out on behalf of B.C’s most vulnerable animals. Please take action by sending this updated message to your MLA.


Spring means babies!
gosling-200Come spring, wildlife rehabilitation centres brace for “baby season” – the annual flood of orphaned or injured baby birds and mammals which typically begins in April and continues through to September.
Centres ready their nurseries, stock up on special formulas and even extend their business hours to accommodate animals found as a result of lengthening daylight.

You can prepare for baby season, too! Find out what to do if you come across a baby wild animal.


Thank you to our amazing volunteers
Shawna-Willan-with-orange-cat-200April 15-21 is Volunteer Appreciation Week and the BC SPCA is celebrating our 4,000 dedicated and talented volunteers. From activities such as dog walking, cat cuddling and small animal care to fundraising, advocacy and special events, we could not carry out our mission without the invaluable work of our volunteers.

Find out more about volunteering at the SPCA.

Trash talk

Gull-in-ring_credit-WRA-200Garbage causes animals to suffer. Often, the suffering happens slowly and silently, as discarded fishing line wraps tightly and painfully around a duck’s leg, or bits of plastic fill an albatross’s stomach, making him feel artificially full and starving him at the same time.
With spring – and spring cleaning – upon us, now is the perfect time to reflect on the impact our trash has on wildlife and what we can do to help.


Photo credit: Wildlife Rescue Association

Pooches can put pipers in peril

Ducks_dog-200We’ve all seen it. Dogs romping along the beach rousing flocks of shorebirds who swirl around waiting for the dogs to leave. Meanwhile the dogs look approvingly at their guardians. Great fun! No one was hurt. Unfortunately, the impact on shore birds can be devastating. Find out why.


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