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Pet Memorial Center News

May 5th, 2014
May 5th, 2014

Saying Goodbye

How to cope with the loss of your beloved companion.....

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Losing a pet hurts. It's OK to grieve.
May 3rd, 2014

Two years ago I took home the love of my life . . . Ash.

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I walked into the BC SPCA/Victoria branch one day after work. It was love at first sight...my life changed forever
February 17th, 2014
February 17th, 2014

Lucy & Friends In-Tribute Program

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When the time comes, create a living legacy for your furry family member.
February 14th, 2014
February 14th, 2014

VicPD Unveils the K-9 Memorial

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Pet Loss Care Memorial Center donates a Memorial to the VicPD K-9 Unit
February 6th, 2014
February 6th, 2014

Pet Loss Care Memorial Center wins Green Business of the Year Award!

The first pet crematorium/aquamation center honoured for sustaining the environment.

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Green Business of the Year Award
Vancouver Island's best businesses were honoured at the 14th annual Business Excellence Awards.
December 2nd, 2013

Meet Lucy - Our Very Own Therapy Dog!

Always ready to give comfort and a tender look . . .

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Lucy's first 2 years of her life were rough...found in a high kill shelter in Southern California, she was saved by good samaritans from Vancouver BC.
December 1st, 2013
December 1st, 2013

A NEW BOOK: Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die

Saying Goodbye to a Devoted Companion - help for people whose pets have died.

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When Jon Katz first brought Orson home, he couldn´t predict how this boisterous border collie would change his life, most notably by inspiring him to buy Bedlam Farm.
September 26th, 2013
September 26th, 2013

Dozens Of Pets Improperly Cremated

An Okmulgee County deputy found more than 40 animals burning in the street.

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People who have paid to have their animals' memory live on are learning that their dogs and cats may not have been properly cremated.

An Okmulgee County deputy found more than 40 animals burning in the street.

July 27th, 2013

Helping A Friend Who Is Hurting

Do you know someone who has just lost a beloved family pet?

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When someone we love loses a special companion animal, we may not be sure what we can do to help. If anything, we feel helpless, since we know there´s nothing we can do to bring the pet back.  We can´t take away the pain of the loss.  We have no answer to the question, “Why?”
July 1st, 2013
July 1st, 2013

Let Your Love Grow - growing new life from ashes

Eco-friendly living memorial .... create a remembrance planting to express your love.

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A tree or plant is a living memorial - a way to express love that has not ended with death.
April 25th, 2013
April 25th, 2013

Recycling . . . Luigi Style

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Mary McQueen and Luigi the Lovebird
Luigi is a10-year old peach-faced lovebird whose favourite pastime is shredding paper. His owner, Mary McQueen, describes him as “an avian artisan” because his beak precisely pierces through paper with sewing machine precision.
April 20th, 2013
April 20th, 2013

Making of a Champion

Canada's #1 Police Dog Team

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Cst. Jon Zielinski & Zeke
While all service dogs hold a special place in the hearts of dog lovers, it is police dogs that reign supreme. The reason involves a combination of impeccable training and selfless effort while in the midst of potentially life-threatening danger.
April 18th, 2013
April 18th, 2013

A green alternative to cremation

End-of-life planning for pets offers new options.

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Victoria is home to the first pet funeral home in the world that offers alkaline hydrolysis or “aquamation” services.
April 6th, 2013
April 6th, 2013

Call For Action: Missing Pet Remains

Another sad story that could have been avoided had the veterinary clinic done their due diligence . . .

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“I talked to the guy who does the cremation,” said Dr. Kahlon, “and he said the furnace was on for a long time, that´s why the ashes from 130 pounds ended up in a smaller box.”
A second employee chimed in with further explanation and said, “Six hours in a high pressure furnace.”

March 17th, 2013
March 17th, 2013

Hanging Around With Spunky

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, views pets as part of the family

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Victoria-Cate and Spunky
Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, views pets as part of the family
February 24th, 2013
February 24th, 2013

Memorial Center first to offer a green alternative to cremation

VICTORIA, BC Canada, February 2013

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North Americ'a first pet memorial center to offer Aquamation, the environmentally friendly alternative to flame based cremation.
February 19th, 2013
February 19th, 2013

A Golden Tribute

“It is Macci. It feels good in your hand.”

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The sun still shines on Macci
Macci´s idea of the perfect day was to head off to Thetis Lake where “He would scour the shore from the second I let him out of the car and find old balls, noodles, volleyballs, soccer balls, kongs, bathing suits, you name it, he came out of the bush with it and was very happy.”
December 22nd, 2012
December 22nd, 2012

Olympic Athelete Malcolm Howard

Channeling Basil Fawlty

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Malcolm and his Burmese feline, Basil Fawlty
Like the character on the 70´s British sit-com, Fawlty Towers, Basil´s antics and intensity generally bring on troubles, much to the amusement of his owner, Malcolm Howard.
December 20th, 2012
December 20th, 2012

Emergency 101

A basic Animal First Aid course will teach you how to recognize signs and symptoms that may signal illness.

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Eileen Smith (r) instructing the Walks and Wags First Aid Class
Whether it is a torn dewclaw while romping with the neighbour´s dog, ingesting some prescription medication that has fallen on the floor, or heatstroke, many of our pets will need first aid assistance at some point in their lives.
December 18th, 2012
December 18th, 2012

The Extraordinary Stabyhoun

Anja is a rare dog, one of two Stabyhouns on Vancouver Island and one of about 250 in North America.

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Anja being coy for the camera
If you frequent the dog walking areas in Victoria you might be lucky enough to come across Anja while out for her daily exercise with her owner. Why lucky? Anja is a rare dog, one of two Stabyhouns on Vancouver Island and one of about 250 in North America.
October 23rd, 2012
October 23rd, 2012

How pets feel pain - and when to say goodbye

When, if ever, is the right time?

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Image: Janie Airey/Getty
There is no shortage of books chronicling the lives of much-loved dogs, but The Last Walk is different in that, as well as being a memoir of the final year of Pierce´s dog Ody, it asks difficult questions about when, if ever, it is right to “put an animal out of its misery”.
September 25th, 2012
September 25th, 2012

Love: So simple and means Everything

Viral Photo Captures Attention and Hearts All Over the World

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19 year old Schoep being cradled in his father´s arms earlier this week in Lake Superior. Schoep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake.
September 15th, 2012
September 15th, 2012

Hudson Mack & Pals!

Vancouver Island's much loved CTV anchor Hudson Mack shares time with us...

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Hudson Mack with Sophie & Taco
Standing in the park our attention is caught by a little dog streaking by in a flash.  Whatever it was that caught her interest, she soon changes her mind and races back to meet up with her pal, a lovely Airedale.  And nearby, their owner, Hudson Mack, smiles as he oversees their antics.
September 10th, 2012
September 10th, 2012

Rebel With A Cause!

Penny Stone & BCSPCA

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Penny Stone getting her morning cuddle!
Imagine arriving at work at 7 a.m., only to find somebody has left a cardboard box of kittens or puppies at the front door.
September 7th, 2012
September 7th, 2012

Fostering Freedom

Foster parents - front-line ambassadors for service dog organizations

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Jaime and Bella
For Elizabeth, the greatest joy in fostering is attending the graduation ceremony where she sees her puppy for the first time working as a licensed service dog in the hands of the person who needs that assistance.

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