New Year’s resolutions made? If not, here’s some ideas for animal lovers
January 1, 2015
The start of a new year often inspires people to make resolutions to be a better person in the next 12 months, whether that means eating a healthier diet, starting or improving a fitness regimen, setting work-related goals or being more environmentally friendly.
The BC SPCA has a few suggestions for B.C.’s animal lovers for 2015:
Get moving! Get yourself and your dog(s) off the couch and into the outdoors. Most dogs need walking at least twice daily to stay healthy and you will benefit too. If you don't have a dog, why not volunteer to walk dogs at your local shelter?
ID your pet. The SPCA reunites thousands of lost animals with their families every year. Many animals are never claimed, however, and must be adopted into new homes because they have no ID. Ensure your pets have identification tags on their collar and a microchip or ear tattoo, and keep the information updated.
Bake and share cupcakes. Take part in National Cupcake Day on Feb. 23 and help end animal cruelty one cupcake at a time. The money you raise baking and distributing cupcakes by donation will help the BC SPCA rescue, re-home and provide emergency services for injured and abandoned animals in B.C. Get involved by registering online at nationalcupcakeday.ca.
The fix is in. Help spread the word about the crucial importance of spaying or neutering pets – or make a donation to your local shelter to help with spay/neuter programs. Thousands of unwanted animals are born in B.C. each year – often with tragic consequences.
Adopt, don’t shop. If you are considering getting a new pet make the SPCA or another animal shelter your first adoption option. Avoid buying pets from online sites — you may be supporting puppy mills by buying this way.
Make humane food choices. Commit to purchasing foods raised according to high standards of animal welfare. Look for SPCA Certified products in the meat and dairy sections of your grocery store. You can find out where to buy SPCA Certified products at spcacertified.ca.
Sign up for the BC SPCA Kids Club. Connect the young animal lovers in your life with other like-minded youth through an annual BC SPCA Kids Club membership ($15).
Donate your time or money. Help a homeless or wild animal get the care they need. The BC SPCA’s priority funds let you choose which program or service to support, including cruelty investigations, sheltering, wildlife rehabilitation, education and advocacy. Or give of yourself – the BC SPCA simply could not function without the help of our nearly 4,000 amazing volunteers across the province.
Visit spca.bc.ca for more information on these resolutions and other ways you can make a life-saving difference for animals.
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.