This February, kids in the BC Lower Mainland, southern Vancouver Island and South Okanagan can show their love for animals by attending one of the BC SPCA’s “Healthy Pets, Happy Pets” Pro-D Day youth workshops.
At these fun and educational workshops, children ages seven to 11 will learn about proper habitats for small animals, appropriate collars for dogs and how to recognize the warning signs of common animal health problems.
“We will look at how to keep animals physically and mentally healthy, with a focus on having fun,” says Leiki Salumets, regional humane education coordinator for the Lower Mainland. “We’ll have crafts and games, and we’ll even make a cardboard guinea pig or rabbit ‘hotel’ at locations where we have suitable small animals to do so.”
Workshop activities vary by location, but may include animal health-themed games and crafts, a demonstration on re-purposing inhumane choke chains into jewellery and visits from guest speakers such as an Animal Health Technician or professional dog trainer. Every workshop will feature a tour of the BC SPCA shelter and a visit with some of the animals.
Workshops are offered through the BC SPCA’s West Vancouver, Richmond, Maple Ridge, Victoria, Cowichan, Nanaimo and Penticton branches.
For specific activity details and to sign up for a workshop in your region, or to learn more about BC SPCA Humane Education programs, please visit our youth page.
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.