BC SPCA Adoption Challenge

Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

dontshopposterMy friend Keira recently adopted a rescue dog and through her I’ve been able to learn a lot more about pet adoption and alternatives to retail stores for acquiring a furry animal friend.

As it turns out, May is also Adoption Month at the BC SPCA so I’ve received even more information about this movement and the 2nd annual Adoption Challenge.

“The BC SPCA’s branches, shelters and community animal centres across the province are competing in the second annual Great BC SPCA Adoption Challenge to find new, loving homes for as many animals as possible between May 1 and 31.” [BC SPCA]

BC SPCA locations will be hosting open houses, adoptathons, mobile adoptions and various other events throughout the month in order to find caring homes for animals.

People may think that getting a brand new dog from a pet store ensures their pedigree and health however many do not realize that some shops could be getting their animals from puppy mills. One of the main goals of the campaign is to educate about how many awesome animals and pets there are available out there – young and old – just waiting for a special person or loving family to take them in.


You can search for your pet online using the SPCA’s database or feel free to stop by your local centre this month to perhaps find a little buddy like Lucky (pictured above) who is currently up for adoption.

As a side note, this is my Kitty (above). We don’t know how old she is, but I have a photo of her with her kittens in 1991 so she must be at least 18 or 19 years old. We adopted her (unofficially) when I was young (my sister used to make fun of me for calling Kitty my best friend) and she’s still a part of our family, living at my mother’s house. We can’t have pets in our building but you can be assured that if we do move, John and I will make the choice to get a rescue animal to join our family.

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  1. Keira-AnneTuesday, May 5th, 2009 — 3:20pm PDT

    Thanks for posting this, Rebecca. Unfortunately, most (aka the vast majority) of pet stores obtain their puppies from puppy mills. Many of them use staging houses to give the impression that the dogs come from adequate homes. A little online searching will bring you to many CBC, Dateline and 48 Hours reporting stories on this problem.

    There are so, so, so many great and wonderful animals out there that are just waiting for forever homes. The idea that most of them have behavioral issues isn’t true or fair, as you have seen with Jordy. I hope that more people will open to adopting – and therefore open to a whole new kind of love in their lives! 🙂

  2. Mom604Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 — 4:50pm PDT

    Actually, your Kitty adopted us. We were so happy when the neighbours told us just to keep her especially since she brought her babies over the fence one at a time when they were just born and hid them in our shed. She is still quite the spry old girl.

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  4. Rachel ThextonTuesday, May 5th, 2009 — 9:01pm PDT

    This is such an important issue to keep in mind for anyone who is considering getting a pet.
    Thanks for posting this informative piece!

  5. Judd RichardsonTuesday, May 5th, 2009 — 9:04pm PDT

    My Dad has been a vet for over 35 years and he has seen a variety of problems with dogs from puppy mills…many who come from pet stores. I have seen so many healthy,happy and amazing animals from SPCA and other shelters and I can’t encourage pet adoption enough.

  6. Rhonda SherwoodThursday, May 7th, 2009 — 7:37pm PDT

    Thanks for the blog on the BCSPCA Adoption Challenge. The Vancouver shelter is opening its doors to the community May 23rd
    for a fun-filled day of pancakes, live music and kids’ activities to celebrate be kind to animals month. We welcome all animals lovers to come by and smooch up our shelter animals.
    By donation.


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  9. Pet AdoptionThursday, April 15th, 2010 — 12:54am PDT

    Great post I’d love if you’d take the time to write a short story on my website about dog and cat adoption and rescue. My site is savedpets.com 😉

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