Step 1: Request a BCSPCA Review

Unless your appeal is only about costs, you must first ask the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA) to review its decision to take custody of your animal(s) before filing an appeal with BCFIRB. This is a requirement of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

  • If you want to file an appeal only about costs charged by the BCSPCA, go to Step 2

If your animal is taken into custody by the BCSPCA, you will be given a Notice of Disposition that explains how to ask for a review. It is important you follow the BCSPCA instructions for asking for a review, and do so within the times set out below.

If the BCSPCA...

It will hold the animal(s) for...

Takes an abandoned animal into custody and the owner is known

No less than 4 days after giving notice to sell, euthanize or otherwise dispose of the animal

Takes an abandoned animal into custody and the owner is unknown

No less than 4 days before selling, euthanizing or otherwise disposing of the animal

Takes a distressed animal into custody and the owner is known

No less than 14 days after giving notice to sell, euthanize or otherwise dispose of the animal