They are the unsung heroes of homeless and abused animal in B.C.—the 4,000 volunteers who help the B.C. SPCA care for nearly 34,000 animals in need every year.
There are volunteers on duty 24 hours a day, fostering entire litters of abandoned kittens that are so young and so vulnerable that they require bottle-feeding every two hours. There are volunteers who walk dogs every morning and every afternoon. And there are volunteers who clean kennels, arrange events, solicit donations and offer humane education programming to school children.
“Volunteers provide vital expertise in our 37 branches across the province,” said Brian Houlihan, the B.C. SPCA’s general manager of volunteer resources. “We couldn’t thrive without them.”
Volunteer Week across Canada is recognized from April 10 to 16.