With the holiday season just around the corner, many people are already thinking about gifts to give the children in their life. While the latest toys and technology are popular choices, a BC SPCA Kids Club membership can make an impression just as memorable – and perhaps longer lasting.
“The Kids Club is all about encouraging kids’ love of animals, helping them to be great guardians and make a difference for less fortunate animals,” says Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. “It’s also about being part of something bigger than themselves, joining together with thousands of other kids who all care about the same thing, and feeling empowered by that unity.”
The material benefits of membership include a welcome kit with membership card, activity sheet and collector button, a monthly e-Kids newsletter and a subscription to Bark! magazine.
“Bark! is the heart of the Kids Club,” says Cant. “Every member gets four issues each year.” The colourful magazine touches on a range of animal topics in each issue. “We try to offer readers a little bit of everything, which includes articles on companion, farm and wild animals, crafts, contests and calls to action.”
Kids Club members also enjoy discounts on youth events like summer camps, offered at BC SPCA branches around the province in July and August.
While the Kids Club is geared at youth ages eight to 13, Cant notes that the benefits of membership can go far beyond childhood. Her hope? “That the club’s lessons about animals, and its messages about empathy and standing up for things that matter, stay with our members long after they grow up.”
A Kids Club membership costs $15 annually or just $25 for two years. Kids Club memberships can be ordered securely online. Within British Columbia, orders placed by Dec. 10 will be mailed for delivery by Dec. 24, 2015.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.