Monday, February 4, 2013



Betting on a Good Thing

SPCA Lottery for the Animals ticket deadline March 17

Released by Lori Chortyk, SPCA Vanc.


ickets are on sale now for the 2013 BC SPCA Lottery... for the animals, which funds urgently-needed medical care, sheltering, spay and neuter services, advocacy, adoption and foster care programs and other services provided for homeless and abused animals in BC SPCA shelters across the province.


"The 2013 BC SPCA lottery is our largest ever, with prizes totalling more than $100,000," said Farrah Rooney, the BC SPCA's manager of fundraising events. "Not only will you be helping to save the lives of B.C.'s most vulnerable animals, but you'll have a chance to win a jackpot yourself. It is a win-win situation for animal lovers."

Tickets are $25 each, three for $55 and five for $80. There are daily prizes throughout May for $2,500 cash prizes, with a larger prize of $5,000 awarded each Friday and a special Mother's Day prize on May 12 worth $10,000. There's also an early bird draw on April 1 (deadline to get your ticket is midnight on March 17).

Each winning ticket is re-entered for the daily prizes. To order tickets, call 604-205-5998 (toll free at 1-855-205-5998) or request your tickets online at Ticket purchasers must be 19 years of age or older and tickets can only be sold in B.C. Know your limit, play within it.

For complete rules and regulations, visit


For more information, contact 604-709-6712 or email us here.



Monday, February 4, 2013



Spay & Neuter Awareness Month

The BCSPCA issues challenge to pet owers

Released by Lori Chortyk, SPCA Vanc.

Cats left on the doorstep is a scene SPCA staff see too often.

ebruary is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and the BC SPCA is calling on all British Columbians to take action to help end the tragedy of pet overpopulation in their community.

"The terrible reality is that there are still many more animals born in our province every year than there are homes for," says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. "The SPCA and other rescue groups find homes for thousands of these abandoned or surrendered animals every year, but we know that there are so many more who suffer and die after being abandoned by their guardians. It is heartbreaking because this is a completely preventable problem."

The BC SPCA is calling on animals lovers to take at least one action step in February to help save an animal's life. Ideas include:

1. Spay or Stay. Donate the cost of a cat spay ($110) through the BC SPCA's online Pawsitive Gifts site ( If you can't donate the full cost of a cat spay, make an online gift of a cat stay ($12) and your donation can be used towards the cost of sterilizing a cat;

2. Take Action. Send a letter to the mayor and council in your community requesting a low-cost spay/neuter fund for your area or volunteer to assist with a presentation to council (;

3. Volunteer. Volunteer to transport animals to and from their spay/neuter appointments or foster an animal who needs spay/neuter surgery aftercare. To find out more, contact your local SPCA branch or visit the volunteer section of the BC SPCA website (

"If everyone who loves animals takes one action step this month it will make a life-saving difference and will bring us closer to ending the tragedy of pet overpopulation in our province," says Chortyk. She also urged any pet guardian who has not already had their animal sterilized to make a spay/neuter appointment with their veterinarian this month. "Not only does this help prevent unwanted litters being born, but spaying and neutering also has numerous health and welfare benefits for your pet."

The BC SPCA spends nearly $2 million each year on low-cost spay/neuter programs in communities across B.C. and ensures that every dog, cat and rabbit adopted from an SPCA shelter is sterilized prior to adoption. For more information, visit







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