Neighbourhood association calling for more dog parks in Saanich, B.C.  –  May 04, 2021
Limited space for dogs to play during the summer in the Capital Regional District has some Saanich residents pressuring their local council to fence off some land just for Fido.  Continue reading

BC SPCA opens new farm animal recovery and adoption barn in Nanaimo  –  March 31, 2021
The BC SPCA has opened a new facility adjacent to its Community Animal Centre in Nanaimo to care for abused and neglected farm animals.  The 3,600 square-foot footprint for the new facility includes a 2,500 square-foot barn with four stalls (each with a paddock), an exercise space, treatment area, storage room and pasture. The stable is located on the same property as the SPCA Community Animal Centre at 154 Westwood Road.   Continue reading

BC SPCA warns drivers about dangers of pets in vehicles, both when parked and travelling  –  March 25, 2021
The BC SPCA and a crime prevention society are reminding drivers about the dangers of pets in vehicles.  And they’re not just speaking about how hazardous it can be to leave a pet inside a parked car in summer, but also when travelling.   Continue reading

B.C. vet clinic creates spiky harness to protect small dogs from big predators  –  March 14, 2021
Two employees of a North Vancouver vet clinic have created a specialized harness they say protects small dogs from big danger.Alison Columbus and Janice Voth both work at the North Shore Veterinary Clinic in North Vancouver. They have seen many small dogs come in for treatment after being attacked by bigger dogs or wild animals.    Continue reading

Dog owners being warned after poisonous mixture found on Vancouver Island  –  March 3, 2021
A dog owner discovered multiple pieces of rat poison covered in peanut butter scattered on the ground near a marina in Sidney and RCMP are warning the public.  Continue reading

Brant geese season means dog restrictions return to beaches in Parksville Qualicum Beach  –  February 1, 2021
Parksville and Rathtrevor Beaches will close to dogs (both on- and off-leash) again this spring so they don’t disturb the resting and feeding of Brant geese.
The City of Parksville issued a release: “The Black Brant geese you see along the shores of Parksville are on a remarkable and arduous journey of migration from California and Mexico to northern nesting grounds, our beaches provide an abundant food source for the geese, which need to gain weight and strength before making another non-stop flight.”
• Rathtrevor Beach, Feb. 15 to April 15;   • Parksville Bay Beach March 1 to April 30;   Continue reading

Nanaimo cat missing for over three years reunited with his family  –  February 2, 2021
A family in Nanaimo was recently reunited with their pet cat, No-No, who went missing more than three years ago.   Continue reading

An alert dog helped its owner and a pair of feline friends escape a devastating fire in Parksville on January 14th.
An early morning blaze reduced a house on Martindale Road to rubble, but occupant Teryn Dyck, her two cats and heroic pooch were able to get out safely.    Continue reading

Injured crow recovers after being rescued by tugboat captain near Tofino
A Tofino tugboat Captain braved waves and a storm, to save a crow that rescuers have now named “Peggy.” “She’s a trooper and a fighter,” said North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre animal care worker Megan Buemann.  Continue reading

Vancouver Island animal sanctuary earns international accreditation
A Vancouver Island animal sanctuary says it is the first farm animal sanctuary in Canada to receive accreditation by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), an internationally recognized accreditor.   A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary Foundation, located in Duncan, says the accreditation is important because it proves that the organization has met peer-reviewed farm animal care standards.  Continue reading

BC SPCA food bank partnership in Parksville helps community members through difficult times
The BC SPCA in Parksville-Qualicum Beach has partnered with the Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army Food Bank to provide the Outreach Pet Food Program for those pet guardians affected by the pandemic.   Continue reading

Nanoose Bay church opens special pet cemetery
When a beloved pet dies, many people bury them in their backyards.
For those looking for other options, St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Nanoose Bay has created a special woodland burial ground, St. Francis Pet Memorial Garden, where people can have their pets interred.  Continue reading

Take action to keep animals safe from poison
Ask your municipality to use safe alternatives to poisons! With just a few moments of your time, you can prevent painful suffering and save the lives of dogs, cats and innocent wildlife in your neighbourhood.   Continue reading

Animals and Covid-19

The virus that causes COVID-19 is different than other coronaviruses that affect domestic animals. Learn how to keep pets and livestock, as well as yourself, safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue reading

Victoria plans for an upcoming “dementia village” on Vancouver Island, which is believed to be the first-of-its-kind publicly funded facility in Canada, could include permanent live-in pets.  Continue reading   

Police investigating string of possible dog poisonings in Parksville

VICTORIA — The Oceanside RCMP are investigating after a string of possible dog poisonings occurred in the Parksville area over the past several weeks.  Continue reading

BC SPCA extends pet food bank services to remote communities on Vancouver Island

When the COVID-19 crisis hit BC, the BC SPCA rapidly pivoted its services to support additional vulnerable animals and people across B.C.   Continue reading

Victoria BC SPCA branch offers pet food bank

Program launched to support vulnerable pet owners and animals.  Continue reading