Demand an Independent Review of BC SPCA Polices and Practices pertaining to Animal Welfare!

Volunteers, donors and members of the public are extremely concerned about the current situation and practices at the Victoria branch of the BC SPCA. These include prematurely euthanizing senior animals, requiring homeless animals to meet unreasonable admission criteria, denying medical assistance to injured strays, using an outdated animal assessment model (DTA-4) that has been deemed unfair and inhumane by other animal welfare societies, and the extreme lack of compassion, transparency and accountability demonstrated by management. 

In addition, we have serious concerns about a substantial discrepancy in the financial figures of the branch’s Friendly Neighbour Fund from Aug 1, 2013 onwards.    In a radio conversation with CFAX, Lorie Chortyk, General Manager of Community Relations at the BC SPCA said that all financial statements for the SPCA branches were available upon request.  However, despite several requests, financial statements for the Friendly  Neighbour Fund have not been made available.

We, the undersigned, are therefore petitioning the BC SPCA to conduct the following steps and make public all results:

  •          a revision of the BC SPCA policies and practises pertaining to animal welfare  and their implementation at the Victoria SPCA facilities;
  •          an independent audit of the Victoria SPCA’s Friendly Neighbour Fund from Aug 1, 2013 onwards and,
  •          replacing the DTA4 assessments with an ongoing evaluation of the dog during its stay at the shelter.

Many people have tried to work in good faith with the Victoria SPCA management team, Head Office, the Board of Directors and the CEO, but despite their repeated proclamation of being open, honest and transparent, all communications and questions have been repeatedly ignored.   Volunteers who have continued to express concerns have been fired or suspended from their duties.  

The BC SPCA must be held accountable to achieving the highest standards of welfare for all animals in need of help, especially the ones in their care.  The BC SPCA  must abide by the rules of transparency and accountability they claim to follow.   

Every animal deserves a second chance at happiness.  Please sign this petition and help speak for the animals that need us!

Mr. Daniell,


Volunteers, donors and members of the public are extremely concerned about the current situation and practices at the Victoria branch of the BC SPCA. These include prematurely euthanizing senior animals, requiring homeless animals to meet unreasonable admission criteria, denying medical assistance to injured strays, using an outdated animal assessment model (DTA-4) that has been deemed unfair and inhumane by other animal welfare societies, and the extreme lack of compassion, transparency and accountability demonstrated by management.


In addition, we have serious concerns about a substantial discrepancy in the financial figures of the branch’s Friendly Neighbour Fund from Aug 1, 2013 onwards. In a radio conversation with CFAX, Lorie Chortyk, General Manager of Community Relations at the BC SPCA said that all financial statements for the SPCA branches were available upon request. However, despite several requests, financial statements for the Friendly Neighbour Fund have not been made available.


We, the undersigned, are therefore petitioning the BC SPCA to conduct the following steps and make public all results:



  • a revision of the BC SPCA policies and practises pertaining to animal welfare and their implementation at the Victoria SPCA facilities;

  • an independent audit of the Victoria SPCA’s Friendly Neighbour Fund from Aug 1, 2013 onwards and,

  • replacing the DTA4 assessments with an ongoing evaluation of the dog during its stay at the shelter.


Many people have tried to work in good faith with the Victoria SPCA management team, Head Office, the Board of Directors and the CEO, but despite their repeated proclamation of being open, honest and transparent, all communications and questions have been repeatedly ignored. Volunteers who have continued to express concerns have been fired or suspended from their duties.


The BC SPCA must be held accountable to achieving the highest standards of welfare for all animals in need of help, especially the ones in their care. The BC SPCA must abide by the rules of transparency and accountability they claim to follow.


Every animal deserves a second chance at happiness. Please fulfill your duties and accountabilities towards BC’s most vulnerable animals!

Update #35 years ago
Hello, this petition closes tomorrow. Please share with your friends to get a maximum number of signatures to support our cause. Thank you!
Update #25 years ago
At the urging of people who have signed the petition, we have updated it to include the Minister of Agriculture as a target. This raises our concerns to an independant body, seperate from the SPCA. Please share this petition with your friends and family, this is such an important issue. If everyone gets one more person to sign, it wll help raise the profile of our concerns. Thank you everyone!
Update #15 years ago
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Concerned Animal Lovers of BC

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