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1. The Vancouver SPCA hospital has 3 mission statements:
Prioritize these missions from 1 to 3 with 1 being the highest priority.

a) Spay and neuter
b) Rehabilitate strays
c) Provide full veterinary services to low means clients

2. The BCSPCA is considering 3 options for the Vancouver hospital.
They are:1) spay and neuter clinic only, 2) emergency hospital, and
3) close and sell the hospital.Identify your preference for the hospital's
role in the future. Pick one.

a) The hospital should remain a full veterinary service hospital.
b) The hospital should be only a spay and neuter clinic.
c) The hospital should provide only emergency services.
d) The hospital is not needed and should be closed and sold.
e) The hospital should be a spay and neuter clinic only in the daytime
and early evenings
and an emergency service hospital in the late evening and overnight
f) The hospital should be a full service hospital in the daytime and early
evening with a focus on spaying and neutering and be an emergency service
in the late evening and overnight.
g) The hospital should only be available for low means clients and SPCA strays
h) The hospital should expand and become a West Coast Angell Memorial,
a cutting edge full-service hospital.

3. The Vancouver SPCA hospital should: (rate from 1 to 5 in order
of priority with 1 as the top priority).

a) Spay and neuter its strays first before serving the general public.
b) Diagnose and treat injured/sick SPCA strays first.
c) Diagnose and treat animals that have caregivers first.
d) Provide discounted care for low means clients before treating those
clients who can afford the full fees.
e) Be open to the general public and provide low cost vaccinations,
spaying and neutering.

4. Do you think the Vancouver SPCA hospital should only be a
spay and neuter clinic for only for its own stray animals?

a) Yes
b) No


5. Do you think Vancouver SPCA hospital should be a spay/neuter
clinic for its own animals along with providing low cost spay/neuter
for anyone?

a) Yes
b) No


6. Do you think the Vancouver SPCA hospital should be a spay/neuter
clinic for its own animals and for low means clients only?

a) Yes
b) No


7. Do you think the Vancouver SPCA hospital should be an emergency
clinic for only sick and injured SPCA strays?

a) Yes
b) No

8. Do you think the Vancouver SPCA hospital should be a emergency
clinic for its own strays and low means clients pets that are sick
and injured?

a) Yes
b) No

9. Do you think the Vancouver SPCA hospital should be a spay/neuter
clinic and emergency hospital for its own stray animals only?

a) Yes
b) No

10. Do you think the Vancouver SPCA hospital should be an emergency
clinic for its own animals and a spay/neuter clinic for its own strays and
low means clients only?

a) Yes
b) No

11. Regardless of the model, the hospital should remain open.

a) Agree
b) Disagree

12. If the hospital closes, should the SPCA contract with and send its
animals to private Lower Mainland veterinarians?

a) Yes
b) No

13. To make it easier to keep records of individual animals and control
standards of care, it is better for the SPCA to have its own veterinarians
in its hospitals and shelters than to contract out to private veterinarians?

a) Yes
b) No

14. It would be better for the SPCA to use only contracted private veterinarians.

a) Agree
b) Disagree

15. Do you think the SPCA should decide its overall medical care
budget for the provinceby using an average of $200 dollars per
stray SPCA animal?

a) Yes
b) No

16. Should the SPCA ever set a financial cap on medical care for its strays?

a) Yes
b) No

17. Who do you think should carry the bulk of the stray animal welfare
burden in British Columbia? Pick one

a) The BCSPCA
b) The B.C. Veterinary Medical Association
c) Privately practicing B.C. veterinarians
d) Small rescue groups
e) Municipalities
f) The Provincial Government


18. Who do you think should carry the bulk of the stray animal welfare
burden in British Columbia? Rate from 1 to 6, with 1 being the lead
agency, how the animal welfare burden should be shared.

a) The BCSPCA
b) The B.C. Veterinary Medical Association
c) Privately practicing B.C. veterinarians
d) Small rescue groups
e) Municipalities
f) The Provincial Government


19. Is the Vancouver SPCA right to serve low means clients?

a) Yes
b) No

20. Do you believe SPCA veterinarians and staff should be involved in setting
policies that affect the hospital?

a) Yes
b) No

21. Should SPCA hospital veterinarians have the right to refuse to
perform and to a disagreement about a directive from management
to euthanize an animal that has a treatable condition to the ombudsman?

a) Yes
b) No


22. Should an SPCA veterinarian be the only one who determines the
treatment for a sick and injured animal?

a) Yes
b) No

23. Do you consider SPCA shelter superintendents qualified to decide
whether or not an animal should be treated after a veterinarian has diagnosed
it with a treatable condition?

a) Yes
b) No

24. Should an SPCA veterinarian be the only one who recommends the
euthanasia of a sick/injured SPCA stray animal for compassionate reasons?

a) Yes
b) No

25. Shelter superintendents should be able to decide that an animal be
euthanized for compassionate reasons.

a) Agree
b) Disagree

26. Should an SPCA veterinarian from the hospital be consulted in the
behavior assessment of animals for mental health reasons?

a) Yes
b) No

27. Should the BC SPCA's new animal care guidelines also apply to the
contagious dogs that are under SPCA veterinarians care in the shelter
isolation ward?

a) Yes
b) No

28. Should the SPCA management expand the hospital hours to what
they were before: Open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 9 pm.
Open Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm,

instead of closing at 6 pm on weekdays and closing on Sundays?

a) Yes
b) No


29. Do you think the SPCA hospital should expand its hours to allow
for more in house spaying and neutering?

a) Yes
b) No

30. Do you think the SPCA management should hire a trained person
to be in the hospital overnight, from closing to morning openings,
so sick and/or injured animals can be monitored?

a) Yes
b) No

31. Currently volunteers are asked to fund raise for particular animals that
need medical care. Is this appropriate?

a) Yes
b) No

32. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Acts states that animals must
be kept by the SPCAfor a 4 day holding period so that owners can claim
their animal. Should animals at increased risk of disease (such as newborn
and/or unvaccinated kittens and their mothers) contracted

from other animals be held by the SPCA:

a) In foster care
b) In the shelter

31. Should a paying client be a scheduling priority over an appointment
for a sick, stray from foster care that needs an immediate veterinary exam?

a) Yes
b) No

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