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SPCA camps help kids unplug and develop empathy skills

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June 4, 2019

The BC SPCA recognizes that animals can help kids develop empathy and offers summer camp programs to create healthier communities. A child’s ability to imagine themselves in another person’s shoes is a valuable skill needed to build strong friendships and relationships. Yet, research from the University of Michigan suggests that kids are 40 per cent …

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BC SPCA ready to tackle challenging animal issues with new strategic plan

February 12, 2019

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has launched a new four-pillar strategic plan for 2019-2023 to take animal welfare in B.C. to a new level. The non-profit animal welfare organization, which helped nearly 48,000 animals in need in 2018, developed the plan after a year-long consultation with key …

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High Paws! Inspirational stories of kids helping animals

November 30, 2018

When asked what she likes best about writing for Bark!, the BC SPCA’s youth magazine, Gillian Ickert Plett, BC SPCA humane education assistant, replies, “High Paws.” High Paws has been a regular feature in Bark! since the magazine was first published in 2004. The feature highlights what kids around the province are doing for animals. …

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BC SPCA summer camps use play to teach empathy

May 10, 2018

BC SPCA summer camps will return this July and August for another season of animal-themed fun and learning, at 24 locations province-wide. How do BC SPCA summer camps differ from some other camps offered throughout B.C.? Paula Neuman, humane education manager, explains that while camp activities are based in play, all are specially-designed to teach …

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Animals as teachers: How BC SPCA school programs create kind classrooms

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November 1, 2017

Patience. Responsibility. Unconditional love. Reflect for a moment, and you can undoubtedly recall an important life skill or two that you learned from having pets as a child. “Animals make great teachers,” says Paula Neuman, humane education manager for the BC SPCA. “But not all children have the opportunity to learn about animals at home.” …

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Inside the BC SPCA

September 6, 2016

If you missed it, it’s not too late to view the half-hour special on the BC SPCA produced by our media partner CTV. The special aired during the evening news hour on Monday, Sept. 5 and featured SPCA initiatives such as: Our SPCA Certified farm labeling program; a behind-the-scenes look at Wild ARC, the BC …

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BC SPCA school programs: Humane education resources for teachers

January 1, 2015

As a new year begins, the BC SPCA is encouraging educators to incorporate animal welfare learning into classroom and extra-curricular activities. “The BC SPCA offers a wide range of resources for teachers,” says Paula Neuman, humane education manager for the BC SPCA. “Our goal is to support them in educating students about animal welfare issues …

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