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It’s Be Kind to Animals Month! How do you make sure animals
are treated with kindness? Here are just a few different ideas; we’re sure you
have plenty of your own, too!
Become an expert on
pet care. To treat animals well, we need to know what they need. Whether
you have a pet at home or you’d like to adopt
someday, make it your mission to become an expert on caring for that particular
animal. You can get started by visiting our Pet Care for Kids
Sign up for summer
camp. Spend a week at camp this
summer learning everything you can about being kind to animals. Visit with
cats, dogs and small animals and join other kids in projects to take action and
make a difference. We guarantee you’ll love it!
Read to Rover. Why
not practice your reading aloud while spending some quality time with your cat,
dog or small animal? Pets make great reading buddies, so long as they are
comfortable sitting with you. Choose a book (the spring issue of Bark!
has some great recommendations) and try it out!
Tell a friend!
Forward your copy of e-Kids to a friend who loves animals. The more people who
connect about animal issues, the more animals who will be helped.
Report animal abuse. If an
animal needs help, tell the SPCA! The BC SPCA has an Animal Cruelty Reporting Hotline (1-855-622-7722). Post the number
on your fridge and ask your parents to put it in their cell phones. Then, if
you see an animal in distress*, you’ll know where to call.
*An animal in distress is:
of adequate food, water, shelter, ventilation, space, care or veterinary
sick or in pain or suffering; or
One of the perks of BC SPCA Kids Club membership? Prize
To thank BC SPCA
Kids Club members for their commitment to helping animals, we’re holding a
draw this month to give away a personal copy of Catboy by Eric Walters, donated by Orca Book Publishers. Catboy is featured in the spring issue
as one of our recommended books for Be
Kind to Animals Month.
Catboy tells the
story of Taylor, who has recently moved from a small northern town to the big
city of Toronto. Everything in the city is new to Taylor, including the colony
of feral cats – cats living wild without guardians – he discovers when taking a
shortcut through the junkyard with his new friend, Simon. When a new
condominium development threatens the cats’ survival, Taylor vows to come up
with a solution. Can Taylor and his friends save the cats in time?
If you’re not yet a
Kids Club member, you still have a chance at the prize. Sign up by May 15 and you will be
entered, along with all current Kids Club members, to win!
Want to come say hi to some of the animals at the BC SPCA
this month? Then our annual Open House series presented by Hill’s® Science Diet®
is right up your alley. On May 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., you and your family
are invited to visit a participating BC SPCA branch for a tour of the shelter,
a visit with the animals and fun activities for the whole family!
The Open House series is part of our Adoption Weekend, taking
place May 24, 25 and 26. For those three days, we’re offering reduced adoption
fees on cats, dogs and rabbits. So if your family is ready to adopt, this might
be the perfect time!
May’s Furry Friend
of the Month is Willie, a sweet black and
First adopted as a kitten from the Parksville
SPCA, Willie arrived back at the shelter as a stray, dirty and matted. When
Willie’s guardians couldn’t be found, this friendly boy was placed up for
adoption. Willie loves to play and receive lots of attention, so he needs a
home where he’ll get plenty of love and cuddles!
Please note: Willie was available for
adoption at the time this article was written, and may have found his forever
home since then. Visit the BC
SPCA website to discover more furry friends currently
looking for homes.
We’re so excited about Be Kind to Animals Month, we made a
brand new, special BKTAM colouring sheet for e-Kids readers. Get it today!
And… if you’re looking for some new jokes to crack up your
friends, try these!
Q: What game do cows play at parties?
A: Moo-sical chairs!
Q: What do you give a sick bird?
Q: Why are cats good at video games?
A: Because they have nine lives!
Q: What’s a bunny’s motto?
A: Don’t worry, be hoppy!
Q: What’s a mouse’s favourite game?
A: Hide and squeak!
Don’t miss out on
the biggest celebration of animals in the province! Register today (with your parent’s
permission) for the 2013 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause on September 8*. As always, youth ages 17
and under register for free! Raise $15 or more and receive one free year of BC
SPCA Kids Club membership as our thanks to you.
We’ve got lots of
fun and prizes planned for you, your family and your four-legged friend. Visit
our online Kids Zone throughout the summer for all the
latest news, prizes and more. We can’t wait to see you in September!
*The date of the
walk is different in some cities, so check our website for details in your area!