Posts Tagged 'SPCA'


This year’s BC SPCA Awards Program Honourees.

Keeping Nikki MacKenzie busy are her letter-writing campaigns. She keeps a thick file of newspaper clippings about animal cruelty investigations, and refers to their horrific details as she appeals in writing to provincial and federal politicians for tougher animal cruelty legislation.

SPCA stronger

New Brunswick regulations for kennels, shelters, pet stores now in effect.

Under the new regulations, kennels will be required to adhere to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations.

The regulations will also spell out in detail the standards for retail pet stores and animal shelters.

The changes replace various municipal animal control bylaws across the province and makes New Brunswick one of the few provinces in Canada with such detailed pet establishment regulations.

Byrne said the specifics in the regulations will make it less likely that the court system will dismiss animal cruelty charges.


Poisonous paws

B.C. SPCA calls for ban on cosmetic pesticides.

But until there is a ban in place, pet guardians should take care to protect little Fluffy and Fido from the dangers lurking on the blades of lush, green grass.

“It’s almost impossible to completely shield pets from exposure because you never really know which neighbour used what and where,” says Naherniak. “You just have to take care to wash and wipe their paws when they come in from outside.”

Take five

B.C. SPCA issues challenge.

May is Be Kind to Animals Month, a time when animal lovers across Canada are encouraged to show special compassion for their furry and feathered friends. In theory we should be celebrating Be Kind to Animals 365 days a year but sadly, the 37,000 abandoned and abused animals rescued by the BC SPCA last year are proof that this isn’t always the case.

To mark Be Kind to Animals Month the SPCA is encouraging British Columbians to embrace the Take Five Challenge by taking five steps to improve life for animals in B.C. and encouraging five friends to do the same.

End the cycle

HugABull takes in 23 pit bulls found in critical condition.

“We have got to end the cycle,” Begg said about abuse towards pit bulls. “Right now [pit bulls] are the breed that needs the most help.”

HugABull is non-profit pit bull advocacy and rescue organization that has been running since 2003.

“I think it’s a lot of people’s misconception – it’s the way these dogs are being perceived and it’s not how it is all at,” Begg said.

Cat problem

Verdun tries Trap-Neuter-Return.

Verdun’s plan to trap and sterilize 100 stray cats this spring is the borough’s response to what has become a growing problem throughout much of the Montreal region. 

Rising numbers of stray cats in residential neighbourhoods are creating feline population densities never before seen in other Canadian cities.

As the situation stands now, the majority of stray cats picked up on city streets – whether by the SPCA, Berger Blanc or other pounds – are euthanized.

The Montreal SPCA is already grappling with more cats than it can handle, euthanizing up to 50 per cent of cats left there by their owners for which new homes cannot be found.



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