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BC SPCA offers online workshops on Nov. 20 & 27 for kids who love animals

November 12, 2020

Young people who love animals are invited to take part in upcoming virtual workshops being presented by the BC SPCA on Nov. 20 and 27. The workshops, which run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., are scheduled to coincide with professional development days in school districts across B.C. “We are offering two different workshops on …

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BC SPCA youth magazine includes at-home activities and fascinating facts

April 14, 2020

BC SPCA Kids Club members should keep an eye on their mailboxes this week – the spring issue of Bark! magazine is out now. In this issue, we celebrate Be Kind to Animals Month, with several activities that are perfect for time spent at home this spring. Kids will also get a glimpse of the …

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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

Children's hands caress and pet red border collie dog
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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