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Go wild for Million Acts

February 24, 2015

Launched by the BC SPCA last month, the Million Acts of Kindness campaign is gaining momentum, inspiring thousands of acts of kindness across the province. “We would like to encourage all wildlife lovers to join the movement too,” says Meghann Cant, BC SPCA animal welfare educator. “Your actions can help protect the environment and prevent wild animals from suffering.”

Cant suggests kick starting your own personal kindness challenge with these wildly fun and easy-to-do acts:


Battery round-up. Each year, Canadians use more than 700 million batteries – about 20 per person! Batteries can contain heavy metals, which are toxic to plants, animals and people, even in small amounts. When they end up in landfills, batteries can pollute the soil, air and water. Instead of throwing them in the garbage, take them to a recycling depot. Visit call2recycle.org/locator to find a location near you.

Water woes.
To conserve water, take short showers instead of baths and only turn the tap on for brief periods while brushing your teeth or doing the dishes. Repair any leaky faucets right away – a tap leaking one drop of water per second can waste more than 25 litres of water a day!

Ban the bread. Tossing bread to ducks and geese at the park may sound like good family fun, but feeding bread to birds is actually like giving them junk food. It just fills them up without providing any real nutrition. Birds who eat a lot of bread can become overweight and ill. Even worse, birds who depend on being fed by humans can pass the unfortunate habit on to their young!

Fruit tree fix.
Do you have a fruit tree in your yard or know someone who does? Next to garbage, fruit trees are the most common food source that attracts black bears to urban areas. Help keep bears safe by picking the fruit every day as it ripens. Or get a head start: pick it and take it inside to ripen instead. Be sure to remove any fallen fruit from the ground too.

Bee supportive. Bees are responsible for pollinating a third of all the foods we eat. Talk about hard work! Gathering all that pollen makes bees thirsty. Like us, they need fresh water to drink. But they can drown in deep, open water sources like bird baths. So, be kind to bees: make a special bee bath(PDF) just for them.

When we help wildlife, we also help ourselves. “We all depend on the same ecosystem to sustain us,” says Cant. “Looking after it will benefit us both.” So join the Million Acts of Kindness campaign today! Sign up at millionacts.ca and find out even more ways to help wildlife and other animals. “Remember to share your actions with us on Facebook,” adds Cant. “You never know who you might inspire with your kindness!”



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.