The Victoria branch of the BC SPCA has taken to social media to celebrate some of the work it has accomplished this year.
In 2022, the Victoria branch had 435 animals adopted.
“We had a really successful year despite adoptions kind of slowing down after the pandemic, that’s a trend we’re seeing in our industry across the country,” said Breanne Beckett, senior manager of the Victoria area. “I think folks are still enjoying their post-COVID freedom and really taking the time to decide if an animal is the right fit for them, which is always a great approach.”
After the branch was not open for public viewings during the pandemic, the Victoria branch re-opened to the public in October.
Especially when closed to the public, but always, Beckett says foster families play an important role in the SPCA’s work.
“One of the best numbers that we were excited about this year was our number of foster families, almost half of our animals were able to be cared for in a foster family setting which is immensely beneficial to their health,” Beckett said.
“Fostering is a really critical way for animals to get their needs met while they’re in their journey with us at the SPCA. As much love and care and attention that we can provide at the center and their journey to recovery, a home setting is always best. It allows animals to rebuild that trust in that community with folks in a good way.”
She says volunteers are critical to the work that the SPCA does, and she is grateful that there are 403 active volunteers in the Victoria area.
“The first reaction that we all share is just immense gratitude and just a real appreciation for our community and how they show up for us and support our work,” Beckett said. “This was a challenging year for a lot of folks, and I think what these numbers reflect is that folks are really resilient, and they really honour the bond between animals and people.”
Beckett says she is grateful for everyone who supports the SPCA.
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