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Rescue Me: Check Out These Foster Kids Looking For A New Home

24 Feb

GeorgiaWelcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA. Today we would like to introduce you to a couple of animals in foster care. First off, there is Georgia who is a 2 year old Labrador Retriever crossed with Pit Bull Terrier.  Georgia is a sweet, smart and energetic girl. She loves playing with other dogs and could easily live with a canine companion that has her rough and tumble style of play, but cats likely not.  She’s a little too into them. Georgia’s friends at the Vancouver SPCA think she is best suited for a house with a yard as well as an adult only home.  Ideally, Georgia needs people that will give her a fair bit of time and attention and initially shouldn’t be left home alone for more than 3-4 hours. This lovely girl recently tore her ACL and has had surgery to repair it, so needs a home with some TLC.  If you think you could give this fire ball of energy a forever home and some time to recuperate, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter would love to hear from you. You can find them at 1205 East 7th Avenue or by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca.

Next up, we’d like to introduce you to Ninja. Ninja is a 7 year old black short hair cross cat and her friends at the Vancouver SPCA would REALLY like you to meet this lovely girl. She is a favourite of the staff and volunteers at the SPCA.  This girl has a heart of gold and an over the top affectionate nature. They’d really like to see her find her forever home. As she’s an older black cat, she tends to be easily overlooked. This lovely girl was surrendered when her guardian could not find pet friendly housing. This home was already her second home, so her friends at the Vancouver SPCA are really hoping her next home will be her last. There are few things that Ninja loves more than people and water. She’s often found pawing in her water bowls and keeping people entertained with her antics. We hear that she takes breaks from her water pawing to enjoy a major cuddle session complete with head butts. One minor disclosure, the staff at the Vancouver SPCA have noticed that Ninja is not really into the other cats, they are recommending she be the only feline in the home.  She’s lived solely indoors and they feel it should remain that way. Common in older cats, Ninja is in the early stages of renal disease so regular vet check-ups are important. Ninja has so much love to offer and she’d really love a forever home. If you think you Ninjacould give this sweet girl a forever home, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter would love to hear from you. You can find them at 1205 East 7th Avenue or by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca.

Giving Locally: Vancouver BC SPCA Wish List 2015

11 Dec

SPCAAdoptedIsMyFavouriteBreedWe at ILiveInEastVan.com are big supporters of all the great work the staff and volunteers do at the Vancouver SPCA.  The SPCA is a non-profit organization that helps nearly 37,000 injured, abused and homeless animals each year and relies on generous donations from supporters.  We provide our support wherever we can. If you follow us, you know we regularly feature many of the pets waiting for adoption.  Today, we would like to tell you about a different way you can support the Vancouver SPCA. That is by contributing some much needed items from their Wish List.  Maybe you have some extra items at home that they could use, or maybe you would like to purchase a few items from their Wish List for them this Christmas. Which ever way you choose to support them, these items go a long way to helping them do the great work they do.  If you do purchase new items to be donated, keep your receipt and drop it off with some identification and you are eligible for a tax receipt for income tax purposes.  We have set out below a short list of some of the most wanted items that would help them immensely, we invite you to take a peek:

Animal Care

  • Gently Used Bedding, Towels & Blankets
  • Clumping litter for cats
  • Fancy Feast or Tiki cat tuna for adult cats & senior cats
  • Treats for cats: They love Temptations
  • Smart toys and kongs of any kind
  • Leashes/collars
  • Bully sticks and hard chew toys for dogs
  • Training treats for dogs
  • Small animal toys for -chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats & gerbils
  • Craisins, Cheerios, Shreddies
  • Romaine lettuce, bok choy, carrots, cilantro & parsley for the rabbits

Cleaning – Office

  • Eco friendly cleaning products
  • Paper Towels
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Photocopy paper

Donations can be dropped off at the Vancouver Shelter at 1205 East 7th Avenue (at the corner of East 6th Avenue & Keith Drive). For those taking transit, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter is located across the street from the VCC-Clark Skytrain Station.  The shelter is open Monday to Friday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 4:00 pm and items can be dropped anytime during those times.  If you have any questions, you can phone or email the Vancouver shelter directly at T: 604-879-7721 or vancouver@spca.bc.ca. We thank you in advance for helping support the great work these folks do speaking for all those that cannot speak for themselves.

TODAY April 23rd is Animal Abuse Prevention Day in BC

23 Apr



The BC SPCA recently polled its members to see what members, like myself, would like to see the BC SPCA focus on going forward.  The answer was preventing animal abuse.   They are asking each and every one of you to take action to help animals.   If are concerned that an animal may be in distress, please do not ignore it.  A simple call could save the life of an animal and prevent unnecessary suffering.

Animal Abuse Prevention Day has been observed since 2011 after a private citizen requested a provincial proclamation as a memorial to 56 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C., who lost their lives on April 23, 2010. That proclamation has been observed by the provincial government each year since, making this year the fourth annual event.

The BC SPCA investigates nearly 8,000 complaints of animal abuse and neglect each year, but the good news is, you can help. Everyone is invited to help the province’s most vulnerable animals. Here’s a few things they suggest you can do:

* Don’t be a bystander! If you are concerned that an animal may be in distress, do not ignore it. Your actions could help save a life. In addition to protecting the animal, you may also be protecting children or adults at risk of being harmed. Recognize the signs of an animal in distress and report animal cruelty to BC SPCA’s toll-free hotline at 1-855-622-7722.

* Take responsibility for the animals in your life. Animals are a part of everyone’s life. Pets, wildlife, farm animals and animals used in research can all benefit from our actions. Be a responsible animal guardian, learn about the Five Freedoms, choose SPCA Certified foods and protect wildlife.

* Speak up for animals. Send a message to your local elected officials to let them know how important it is to have strong animal protection legislation as well as resources for animal cruelty law enforcement and prevention work. You can also add your voice to one of our animal welfare campaigns.

* Teach the kids in your life that kindness counts. Early prevention is our best weapon in the fight against animal abuse. Summer camps, Pro-D day workshops, school presentations, teacher curriculum units and our popular Kids Club are just some of the engaging ways the BC SPCA’s youth education programs help children of all ages develop lifelong empathy skills and learn the value of compassion toward all living things.

* Learn about the Violence Link. All too often, animals are not the only victims of abuse. There is a strong connection between animal cruelty and other forms of violence such as bullying and domestic abuse.

What constitutes an animal in distress?  An animal is in distress according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act) if an animal is:

*Deprived of adequate food, water, shelter, ventilation, space, care or     veterinary treatment;

* Injured, sick or in pain or suffering; or

* Abused or neglected.

Take action for animals today!  If you suspect an animal is being neglected or abused, don’t hesitate to call the BC SPCA Hotline 1-855-622-7722. They can investigate the matter and determine if there is in fact an issue and/or educate who is possibly unwittingly causing distress to an animal. In some cases, one can hope only education is required.   Please do your part to speak for those that can’t speak for themselves.


Rescue Me – Teak & Shadow Looking For Their Forever Home

24 Jun


Welcome to the first installment of Rescue Me.  Two weeks ago we featured the SPCA’s over 60 year history in East Vancouver.  Every two weeks we will be featuring animals waiting to be adopted into their forever homes.    This week we would like to introduce you to Teak and Shadow.  They are actually media darlings having recently been featured on Global BC News.

Teak and Shadow are quite the duo.  Happy dogs until their previous guardian passed away and they found themselves without a home. Teak and Shadow are completely bonded like canine sisters, so it is imperative that they are adopted together. Teak is a 12 year old fluffy Pomeranian who loves to eat and will always have a smile for you.    Shadow, also 12, is a very cute schnauzer-terrier cross and if you watch the Global video clip, you will see she is quite the dancer.   Both dogs are a bit shy and timid in their new environment after the loss of their guardian. To help reduce their anxiety, their new home should be patient and willing to work on slow introductions to new people and situations.   These girls are vocal so are best suited for a detached house with people that are home most of the day, but like all dogs need their leisurely walks. Like all animals up for adoption,  Teak and Shadow deserve their forever home. So if you sound like the right companion for them, or know someone who might be, the Vancouver SPCA is waiting to hear from you.

By way of update, the darling blind cat Snowflake featured on June 10th is still waiting for her forever home. As are the little dachsunds, Wendy and Joey. Do you know someone that might be able to give them their forever home?  Please let them know with an email, a call, a tweet or a Facebook share.



Vancouver SPCA – Peace, Love, Adopt A Pet

10 Jun


I will come clean, I’m an animal lover and have had pets all my life. I cannot imagine life without them as they have enriched my life in ways I never could have imagined.   So today I am featuring an organization I have supported for many years.   The Vancouver Shelter of the SPCA, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, located at 1205 East 7th Avenue  (just off Clark Drive & East 6th Avenue). They have been a part of the East Vancouver community for over 60 years.  The SPCA plays a fundamental part in the community whether it is assisting animals in need of urgent medical care, education, adopting out animals in need of a new home or investigating cruelty.  The BC SPCA relies solely on donations from the public as they do not receive any government funding.  Thus, they welcome all assistance from the community. There are many ways to support the SPCA whether it’s a financial contribution, gifts in kind from their Wish List or participating in their Walk for a Cause held every September. For more information on how to support them, visit their Donate Page.

The SPCA is taking advantage of the internet with a featured called “Pet On The Net” . They have been using this for a few years now to assist some animals that need a little extra help finding their forever homes. Some of the animals featured have unique needs like darling Snowflake, a lovely white 6 year old cat who has been at the shelter for a year now.  Her only issue is that she is deaf and is best suited for an indoor and adult-oriented environment. Then there are the two Dachshunds, Wendy and Joey, who came to the SPCA after a cruelty investigation and are currently in a foster home.  The SPCA would very much like to foster these two dogs together, but need someone who is patient and willing to continue to work with some of their anxiety issues.    What I am pleased to report is that the Pet On The Net is working. Many of the animals they have featured have been adopted which is exactly what they’d like to see. Outside of Pet On The Net, pets available for adoption are featured on the SPCA’s Vancouver Shelter website.   The SPCA also uses Facebook and Twitter to promote adoption and feature their upcoming events.

Today we would like to introduce you to our feature “Rescue Me”  on ILiveInEastVan.com. Every two weeks we will be featuring an animal from the Vancouver SPCA Shelter that is looking for its forever home.   We hope you will help us spread the word and help these animals find a loving home whether it’s forwarding an email to a friend, a retweet or a Facebook share.  Each animal featured on our website will be posted to our Facebook Page so it can be easily shared.  To that end, we would like to acknowledge in advance the help of our friends at Dharma Dog Daycare who have kindly offered to assist us in spreading the word. We hope you will join us helping those that can’t speak for themselves. UPDATE: Snowflake and Wendy & Joey have found their forever homes.



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