Animals can't speak to let people know when they are in pain, sad, frustrated or scared. If you'd like to be a voice for animals, forming a club with other animal-loving kids can be a great way to make a difference. So, what are you waiting for? Get your friends together and start a club today!
Looking for inspiration? Read about some current BC SPCA school clubs in action.
BC SPCA School Club resources
Not sure how to start a club or what action to take once you do? Here are a few key tools you'll need for your school animal club.
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The more people who speak up for animals, the more people who hear the message.
People have different skills. Some are artistic while others are better at writing or speaking. The more friends you have in your club, the better your chances that you will have many different talents to work with! Just think, your special talent could be used to make a difference in the lives of many animals.
1. Get others involved
Talk to your friends and tell them what you'd like to do to help the animals. Show your enthusiasm for the cause! If you're not sure what you'd like to do, we've got some exciting ideas for you!
2. Find an advisor
If you know of a teacher or other adult at your school or organization who likes animals, ask that person if they will act as an advisor for your club. Work with your advisor to come up with a plan that explains what you and the other club members want to achieve with the club. That way, anyone who is interested in joining will know exactly what you're all about!
3. Register your club with the BC SPCA
When you register your club with the BC SPCA, you will receive an official club certificate. We'll also keep you informed on projects other clubs are working on, updates and invites to special events in your area. Register your club today!
4. Plan your first meeting
Find a location to hold your meeting. Usually a classroom or library is a good place to start.
Choose a date and time that does not conflict with other events, sports or meetings.
Advertise your meeting — the more people who show up, the more fun it will be!
Make colourful posters that include artwork and pictures of animals to attract attention.
Ask if your principal would announce your animal club meeting at an assembly or over the intercom.
Make the announcement a few days before the meeting and then again on the day of the meeting.
Make sure that your message is fun and positive! Include some points that might attract people to want to join your club.
Ask your advisor to help you plan the meeting.
Make sure your meeting is fun and fair for everyone, and keep it upbeat and positive.
Remember: Many people love animals, but may not know a lot about animal issues. Be respectful of other people's opinions. Be ready to explain some of the issues that are of concern to you. Make sure that everyone's voice is heard.
Make a list of issues and ideas — that way, nothing will be forgotten.
Collect the names and email addresses of everyone at the meeting, in case you need to contact them. Set a date, time and location for the next meeting. Send out an email reminder a day or two before the next meeting to make sure no one forgets!
5. Get started!
Once you decide as a group what project to tackle first, make sure everyone has a job to do and set timelines to have everything completed. Try to focus on one thing at a time — it will help make sure that your club is successful!
Don't forget to record your event or project and send it to us. Include pictures as well so that we can share them with other School Club members!