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BC SPCA launches campaign to help feed pets during COVID-19 pandemic

Last Updated Apr 8, 2020 at 5:22 pm PDT

FILE - As clocks move an hour back Sunday, SPCA's Karen Van Haaften says some of our pets will be affected. (iStock Photo)
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BC SCPA launching campaign to help pet owners feed their pets during the pandemic

Dry or canned food for dogs and cats, as well as cat litter can be donated

Anyone in need of food for their pet should contact the BC SPCA's call centre directly

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The BC SPCA is launching a campaign to help people struggling to feed their pets during this crisis.

While the non-profit society offers a pet food bank year-round, it’s hoping the public will be able to donate pet food to one of its locations, or to a community partner – like the Salvation Army or community food banks.


“The BC SPCA offers pet food banks, free vet clinics and other support programs throughout the year to help pet guardians who are facing tough times,” says Marieke van der Velden, outreach specialist for the BC SPCA, in a release. “In these extraordinary times, it’s more important than ever to keep families and their pets together and to help reduce the financial and emotional strain they are under.”

Dry or canned food for dogs and cats, as well as cat litter can be donated through drop-off or by arranging an online delivery. However, the SPCA cannot accept any other kinds of food or supply donations at this time.

The SPCA also has new protocols for food banks to ensure social distancing, says van der Velden.

“We hope this extra support for pet guardians will mean fewer families have to give up pets for financial reasons. Animals are such an important part of our lives, and we want to do everything we can to keep people and pets together.”

Anyone in need of food for their pet should contact the BC SPCA’s call centre directly at 1-855-622-7722.