The BC SPCA is looking for new pet toy donations at its East Vancouver location until December 20 as part of a toy drive to support pet owners living on the Downtown Eastside.
“The individuals we support in the Downtown Eastside love their pets so much, but they don’t have the disposable income to treat them at Christmas the way many of us do with our own pets,” said Kim Monteith, manager of animal welfare for the BC SPCA.
Items dropped off are instructed to be marked for “Charlie’s” – named after Charlie’s pet food bank, a BC SPCA initiative that provides free or low-cost pet services for pet guardians who are homeless, living outdoors or with low income in downtown Vancouver.
The BC SPCA has been operating Charlie’s pet food bank and free veterinary clinics in the Downtown Eastside since 2000, serving thousands of clients.
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“Normally we host an event in the area each December where people can bring their pets for a photo with Santa and we distribute donated pet toys and supplies,” said Monteith.
However, “with COVID restrictions in place we won’t be able to have our usual Charlie’s Christmas event, but we will make up gift bags to distribute personally to the clients we serve,” she added. “It will make such a difference for the animals and for their guardians, who want to make Christmas special for their pets.”
Those looking for more information can contact the BC SPCA at 604-709-4650 or via email.