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BC SPCA to hold toy drive for animals on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

"It will make such a difference for the animals and for their guardians, who want to make Christmas special for their pets.”
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The organization operates Charlie’s pet food bank and free veterinary clinics in the Downtown Eastside, which serves thousands of clients. Photo: BC SPCA

The BC SPCA is seeking donations of new pet toys to help make Christmas merrier for animals of low-income guardians in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Annually, the organization operates Charlie’s pet food bank and free veterinary clinics in the Downtown Eastside, which serve thousands of clients. 

“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,” says Kim Monteith, manager of animal welfare for the BC SPCA.

Anyone looking to help can drop donations of new pet toys at the Vancouver BC SPCA location at 1205 East 7th Avenue any time up to Dec. 20. Items should be marked for "Charlie's," says the BC SPCA.

“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,” says Monteith. “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. It will make such a difference for the animals and for their guardians, who want to make Christmas special for their pets.”

For more information, please call the BC SPCA at 604-709-4650 or email charliesfoodbank@spca.bc.ca.