Pet Care and Responsibility

This is not how I would’ve thought a new blog entry would go, but I can’t ignore or forget what I unfortunately, witnessed today.

Today I saw a dog, an Australian Shepard, fall to his death from a high-rise condo. I believe it was from the 17th floor. The incident was as horrific as you can imagine.

To my knowledge, the dog had been continually left out on a small balcony for several days and was barking non-stop. He was likely in high distress.

I don’t know why the universe had me see that poor pup; but the least I can do is share the story and provide resources to people like me, who may see something awful related to a pet or animal. Or maybe you’re someone who can no longer manage or keep your animal.

Do not leave dogs and cats alone on on balconies. Period. For any reason.


BC SPCA – I’ve linked my local SPCA; but you can google a location near you. If you’re not aware, SPCA stands for The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

  • If you witness animal cruelty or even if you’re unsure if an act of cruelty is taking place but you’re feeling uneasy about a situation, you can call the SPCA confidentially to report an incident or to ask a question.
  • The SPCA can also assist with animals that need to be surrendered.
  • The BC SPCA has jurisdiction to investigate and in some some cases, if needed, recommend charges against humans under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • They’re also a fantastic resource for just about everything pet-related like animal behaviour and of course, adoption of animals.

Wildlife Association of BC – The association is 40-years’ old and runs a wildlife hospital. Full disclosure, I am a volunteer here.

  • They take in injured and sick wildlife (mostly birds at the moment) rehabilitate, and ultimately release them back into the wild.
  • The association is run by employees and about 200 volunteers.
  • There is a helpline you can call to report sick or injured wildlife, and the operators will dispatch staff or a volunteer to pick up and transfer the animal to the wildlife association/hospital.
  • Helpline: 1-604-526-7275

Please please please, help animals you know; help animals you don’t know. We’re all in this together.



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