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Imagine that you run the BCSPCA and that you could allocate animal welfare funds

in any way you think is best.


1. Rate the following spending priorities from 1 to 3.

a) Direct Animal Care
b) Administration
c) Accountability Mechanisms: An ombudsman or ombudsman tribunal


2. * Assuming that some animal populations are most at risk of leading miserable
lives and have increased needs, rate all these categories in order of priority.

a) Shelter/stray Animals
b) Pets of Low Means Guardians
c) Feral Cats
d) First Nations Animals
e) Farm Animals
f) Entertainment Animals
g) Exotic Animals
h) Wildlife


3. If you were the BCSPCA CEO, how would you prioritize these
categories for funding? Rate all.

a) Shelter care for strays
b) Medical care for strays
c) Pet Overpopulation
d) Education
e) Advocacy
f) PCA Act Enforcement


4. Should the BCSPCA get out of providing shelter services to save money?

a) Yes
b) No


5. Should the BCSPCA stop providing direct care for the communities'
stray animals to save money?

a) Yes
b) No


6. The BCSPCA plans to shift its focus from direct care for strays to education
and advocacy. Do you think donors will support that shift in priorities?

a) Yes
b) No


7. Would you donate to or volunteer for the BCSPCA if it became an advocacy
group with few shelters rather than a provincial network of more than 30 shelters for strays?

a) Yes
b) No


8. In your opinion, is the BCSPCA secretive about too many of its funding plans and practices?

a) Yes
b) No


9. Should the BCSPCA be involved in Animal Control contracts with municipalities

to enhance its budget?

a) Yes
b) No
c) Undecided


10. Answer only if you said "No" to #9. If losing the Animal Control contract in a particular
town would mean the shelter would have to close for lack of funds, and there was no other
animal shelter in town, would you reconsider your answer?

a) Yes
b) No

11. Would you agree to contracts between BCSPCA branches and municipalities if the branch
only boarded, but did not actually capture, strays brought in by city employees who enforce
animal related by-laws?

a) Yes
b) No


12. BCSPCA workers should not be city by-law enforcers regardless of the money
it makes for the organization.

a) Agree
b) Disagree


13. Only city workers should be city by-law enforcers even if that means fewer funds
for the BCSPCA.

a) Agree
b) Disagree


14. Animals who are caught by the city dogcatcher should be boarded and taken care of
by the BCSPCA branch in that town, and the city should pay for that boarding.

a) Agree
b) Disagree


15. The city pound, not an SPCA branch, should take care of the animals it catches.
The money from those contracts is not important to animal welfare in BC.

a) Agree
b) Disagree


16. A BCSPCA and a city should never enter into a contract related to animals.

a) Agree
b) Disagree


17. Animals will be better treated by the BCSPCA than in a city pound so a BCSPCA
branch should board animals caught by the city dogcatcher. The BCSPCA can enter
into sheltering contracts with a city but must never enter into contracts in which SPCA
employees become by-law enforcers and dog catching agents for the city.

a) Agree
b) Disagree


18. In your perception, is the BCSPCA currently devoting enough resources
to direct animal care?

a) Yes
b) No


19. Prioritize these items for increased direct care funding. Rate all.

a) Hospital/veterinary care
b) Spay/neuter surgeries
c) Mobile spay/neuter services
d) Shelter upgrades
e) Dog beds and toys
f) Higher quality food
g) Retraining for problem dogs
h) Feral cat colony management
i) More staff
j) Staff training


20. Does the BCSPCA utilize volunteers to the extent that it could?

a) Yes
b) No


21. Do you believe that increasing the use of volunteers should be a top priority
to help reduce administrative costs?

a) Yes
b) No


22. Based on your perception, how do you rate the funding of administration and BCSPCA
head office personnel? Pick one.

a) Administrative spending is fine as it is.
b) The BCSPCA should spend more money on administration.
c) The BCSPCA spends too much money on administration.


23. If an ombudsman office were to open, which staffing model do you prefer? Pick one.

a) One paid ombudsman with a paid coordinator for support staff.
b) One paid ombudsman with a paid coordinator, two volunteer ombudsman to complete
a tribunal along with a paid coordinator for support staff.
c) Just one paid ombudsman, regardless of model. We don't need a coordinator.


24. If one existed, the ombudsman should be paid, excluding benefits: Pick one.

a) Between $35,000 and $50,000 per year.
b) Between $51,000 and $65,000 per year.
c) Between $66,000 and $80,000 per year.
d) Between $81,000 and $100,000 per year.


25. If one existed, an ombudsman coordinator should be paid, excluding benefits: Pick one

a) Between $20,000 and $30,000 per year.
b) Between $31,000 and $40,000 per year.
c) Between $41,000 and $45,000 per year.


26. Rate the following as priorities for the Vancouver hospital. Rate all.

a) Spay/neuter of all shelter animals
b) Treatment of all sick and injured Lower Mainland strays
c) Treatment of low means clients' pets with subsidized medical care


27. It is more important to treat stray animals in BCSPCA hospitals than it is to
treat paying customers' pets.

a) Agree
b) Disagree


28. The Vancouver hospital should be:

a) Low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic only
b) An emergency clinic that is open 24 hours a day
c) Closed


29. Closing the Vancouver hospital is really bad idea that would hurt animals
and outrage the public and donors.

a) Agree
b) Disagree


30. Rate all the following for spending priorities.

a) Shelter for strays
b) Hospitals and veterinary care for strays
c) PCA Act enforcement of private pet owners
d) Regular inspections of pet stores
e) Regular inspections of farms, zoos etc.
f) Humane labeling for food initiative
g) Funding UBC animal welfare research


31. Should the BCSPCA fund some of its employees' post-graduate university education?

a) Yes
b) No


32. In your opinion, does the BCSPCA spend enough on public education programs?

a) Yes
b) No


33. In your perception, does the BCSPCA spend enough on advocacy and
lobbying government for legislative change?

a) Yes
b) No


34. What are your advocacy priorities?

a) Provincial mandatory spay/neuter legislation
b) Lobbying government to allow pets in rental housing without adding pet damage deposits
c) Lobbying for anti-tether laws
d) Banning puppy mills and backyard breeders
e) Banning pet stores from selling live animals
f) Banning rodeo activities, such as calf roping
g) Banning the keeping of exotic pets


35. What are your public education priorities?

a) Spay/neuter campaigns
b) Teaching children about proper behavior around dogs
c) Teaching children about proper behavior around all animals
d) Vaccination promotion
e) Proper animal care campaigns

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