Bitcoin is more than a buzzword these days – it’s a global trend that is making the virtual currency more mainstream every day. As headlines announce the latest sports franchise, major retailer or property developer to accept Bitcoin, the BC SPCA has joined the growing movement and now accepts the digital currency online for BC SPCA merchandise, making the non-profit organization the first of its kind to do so in Canada.
Bitcoin, which is not tied to any central government or bank, can be traded online for goods and services. Demand for the new currency has risen in recent months – one Bitcoin is currently worth roughly $850 US.
Shoppers can use Bitcoin for items at major retailers such as Amazon, Target, Victoria’s Secret, Whole Foods and Clearly Contacts. The world’s first Bitcoin ATM was installed in Vancouver in October, and just last week, Toronto and Ottawa followed suit.
Now, online BC SPCA merchandise shoppers can also use Bitcoin through a system known as Bitpay, one of many Bitcoin exchanges that move an equal amount of money as the popular PayPal (also available in store).
“We always strive to be current and proactive, and want to offer potential consumers as many payment options as possible,” says BC SPCA chief development officer Rosemary Conder. “Digital currency is here and we decided to embrace the trend as it becomes a mainstream mainstay in today’s online world.”
A new 2014 line of compassion fashion may help entice shoppers to the BC SPCA’s online store as well as the new payment option, with hoodies and T-shirts that express supporters’ sentiments, including “My favourite breed is Rescue” and “Rescue Mom/Dad,” as well as the popular “Sorry, but I will only be speaking with my cat/dog today.” These items and others help spread the word about the importance of making the BC SPCA every pet guardian’s first adoption option.
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.