BC SPCA South Okanagan Similkameen Branch

Vision statement: To inspire and mobilize society to create a world in which all animals enjoy as a minimum, five essential freedoms: 1. Freedom from hunger and thirst 2. Freedom from pain, injury, and disease 3. Freedom from distress 4. Freedom from discomfort 5. Freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being.

Our Impact Why We Exist

The South Okanagan/Similkameen BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services including working with the community to provide services such as cruelty investigations, sheltering and adoption, emergency rescue and treatment, humane education, advocacy, and a wide range of other programs to help animals.

Our Story What We Do

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) was founded in 1895 to enforce the province's 'Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act'. Over the years we have become to be recognized as a leader in animal welfare, advocacy and education. The society cares for more than 32,000 animals each year at our 41 locations across BC. In 2015, the South Okanagan / Similkameen branch cared for and sheltered over 790 animals, found adoptive homes for almost 679, reunited 32 pets back to their owners, transferred 78 animals to other BC SPCA locations for adoption and released one wildlife case back to the wild. We also conducted numerous investigations into allegations of animal cruelty or neglect and hosted educational workshops and summer camps for youth.

Our Programs How We Do It

The South Okanagan/Similkameen BC SPCA is a local animal shelter  who works with the community to provide servicessuch as cruelty investigations, sheltering and adoption, emergencyrescue and treatment, humane education, advocacy, and a wide range of other programs to help animals.

Throughout the years, the BC SPCA has been instrumental in improving welfare for animals, through advocacy campaignson issues such as the plucking of chickens while still alive, horserace monitoring, the contamination of waterfowl in oil spills,opposition to the seal hunt, dogs in the back of pick up trucks, thesuffering of farm animals in industrial farming, lobbying to establishthe Humane Slaughter Act, improvements to transportation of livestock,increased access for pets in rental housing and reforming the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act).

The BC SPCA has also had a significantimpact on society's change in attitude towards animals through itsschool education programs, Summer Camps for Kids,public awareness campaigns, and by lobbying municipal governments tocreate bylaws for mandatory spaying and neutering, licensing, and otheraspects of responsible pet guardianship. All of these factors haveplayed a role in elevating the status of animals in our province.

What You Can Do

The BC SPCA actively advocates on behalf of the 2 million cats and dogsowned in British Columbia, as well as the countless other domesticatedanimals such as free-roaming cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and gerbils. Ourinitiatives involve pressing for evidence-based changes to provincialand municipal laws, increasing public awareness about companion animalwelfare issues, and promoting individual actions that lead to improvedanimal welfare.

Join us in advocating for stronger laws to protect animals and help usraise awareness in your community. Your voice makes animals matter!

Visit our website at spca.bc.ca to find out how to help!