BC SPCA launches matching campaign to help animal victims of horrific abuse

Dog beaten with hammer

The BC SPCA is launching a matching campaign to help provide urgently needed care for animals rescued from horrific situations of animal abuse.

All donations up to $125,000 will be matched through the Eldon and Anne Foote Fund, Eileen and Anna, and Gordon and Daphne Squire, helping save twice as many animals, states a release from the organization.

Each year, the BC SPCA rescues thousands of animals across the province. Recently, the organization provided care for 10-year-old Shepherd cross who suffered an excruciating injury.

The Shepherd cross, Duke, was brought to the BC SPCA in Dawson Creek with a painful eye injury after allegedly been hit in the head with a hammer. Despite his intense pain, caregivers say he had nothing but "tail wags and kisses" for them.

Duke required immediate surgery, as his injury had been left untreated for so long that his eye was in danger of bursting. The surgery was already complicated, but it was made even more risky by an e-coli infection in Duke’s nasal cavity, which required a second surgery, explains the BC SPCA.

Despite the challenges, Duke came through both surgeries "with flying colours."

"Duke’s story is just one example of why the generosity of our donors matters so much, and we really hope that people will consider making a donation that will have twice the impact for animals in need with this matching opportunity,” says Tess Repenning, senior manager of digital giving for the BC SPCA.

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