Give a penny, help a pet

Give a penny, help a pet

BC SPCA seeks copper donations as the the coin is put out to pasture.

Animal lovers can put the big jar of pennies they’ve been collecting to good use this spring to help animals in need. Select BC SPCA branches across the province will be collecting donations (pre-rolled pennies preferred) until May 31.

“Many people have a jar of coins sitting in a closet or drawer in their home,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “We are so grateful to anyone who gives their pennies to help animals.”

Since the Royal Canadian Mint stopped distributing pennies on Feb. 4, the BC SPCA is hoping the phased-out coin can make a big difference to dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters and more.

“Every penny counts,” says Chortyk. “We rely solely on donations to improve the welfare of animals in British Columbia.”

The Surrey SPCA is located at 6706 152 St. For more information, visit