Are bats, snakes and spiders really spooky, or just misunderstood? Just in time for Halloween, select BC SPCA locations will be hosting “Gone Batty” Pro-D Day workshops on October 23.
Paula Neuman, humane education manager for the BC SPCA, says that her team is excited to be bringing back Pro-D Day workshops this school year with a fun new theme. At “Gone Batty,” a day off school is set to become a perfect balance of play and education with crafts and games that will challenge kids’ ideas of some of society’s less popular animals.
“It’s often more instinctual for people to care about cats and dogs because they’re cute,” says Neuman, adding, “not to mention we often grow up with parents and other adults passing down their own fears of animals like snakes and spiders. But we want to encourage kids to think about all animals with empathy and respect, regardless of what they look like.”
BC SPCA branches offering “Gone Batty” workshops are located in the Lower Mainland, south Vancouver Island and Okanagan. Activities at each location will vary, but may include learning about bat echolocation, discovering the secrets of spiders, going on a scavenger hunt and making “Slippery Snakes.” Participants will also enjoy some interactive animal time while at the shelter.
Registration is open now. For more information and to sign up online, please visit the "Gone Batty" event listing.
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.