Briggs is one of the animals up for adoption in Port Alberni. (BC SPCA).

Briggs is one of the animals up for adoption in Port Alberni. (BC SPCA).

Hundreds of dollars that were supposed to be used for abused and homeless animals were stolen from the BC SPCA’s Alberni-Clayoquot branch in Port Alberni on Dec. 30, according to the BC SPCA.

Branch Manager Kaley Pugh said the thief or thieves caused significant damage to an exterior window, two interior windows and an interior door.

“Thankfully no animals were harmed during the break-in, but thieves stole a safe containing $700 in Christmas donations for animals in need,” Pugh said in a statement.

Pugh said RCMP are investigating the theft.

After the theft, SPCA staff at the branch transferred all the animals in their car – two dogs, five cats and two kittens – to the SPCA branch in Parksville while the building in Port Alberni was cleaned up and secured. All the animals are now back in Port Alberni and the branch has reopened to the public.

“We would be so grateful for any new donations to help us make up this financial loss,” says Pugh. “Those funds were urgently needed to provide shelter, veterinary care and rehabilitation for our community’s most vulnerable and at-risk animals.”

Anyone who wishes to donate is asked to the visit the Alberni-Clayoquot branch at 4936 Broughton Street in Port Alberni, contact the branch at 250-723-5269 or donate online at