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Join the BC SPCA Kids Club

Cover of Bark! magazine
Kids Club members get a subscription to Bark! magazine

Get your very own animal magazine mailed right to your door! When you sign up for the Kids Club, you’ll get Bark! magazine four times a year.

But that’s not all! You’ll also be sent a welcome package that includes:

  • A membership card
  • A Kids Club collector pin
  • Past issues of Bark!
  • An animal activity booklet
  • A special animal poster

As a Kids Club member, you’ll be the first to know about upcoming events like summer camps and workshops. Plus, you’ll have access to exclusive Kids Club contests with chances to win great prizes.

Join the Kids Club today!

Want to check out Bark! magazine before you join the club?

Read a full issue here! (PDF)

Plus: vBark!, an issue with bonus interactive content like animal photos, videos and activities, is also free to read online. Read vBark! now! (Note: vBark! is currently best viewed on a computer screen or large tablet.)

Virtual Camps and Workshops

For Fall 2020, BC SPCA camps and workshops have gone virtual!

Participants will be guided through the week by our education team, as they are encouraged to take part in fun indoor/outdoor activities, live streams with animal experts, challenges and more, all from the comfort of their own homes.

Visit our Youth Events page to learn more!

Young cat being pet by kids


Learn at Home

The BC SPCA is pleased to share some of our favourite activities for animal-loving kids to do at home! Our activities are designed for fun and learning, and most include a link to additional materials from Bark! magazine where you can learn more about animals and the environment.

Check out BC SPCA Learn at Home!

Get e-Kids Mews!letters

Can’t wait for your next issue of Bark! to arrive? Sign up for e-Kids, our monthly email newsletter. That way, you’ll still be learning all about animals in between issues of Bark!.

e-Kids has something for everyone! Fun facts, jokes and riddles, recipes, contests, games, puzzles, crafts and oodles of adorable animals.

Subscribe to e-Kids now!

Learn about pet care

Getting a pet is beyond exciting! Are you ready?

Find out what you’ll need to know to take great care of your dog, cat, rodent or rabbit. Check out our pet care guides:

Dog care guide (PDF)
Cat care guide (PDF)
Rat care guide (PDF)
Gerbil care guide (PDF)
Mouse care guide (PDF)
Rabbit care guide (PDF)

For even more care tips and cage ideas, you can head on over to Pinterest and YouTube.

Start a school club

Do you have friends who love animals just as much as you do? Get together and start a neighbourhood or school animal club!

Our free school club manual (PDF) is packed with ideas, activities and projects you can do as a group. Don’t forget to register your club (PDF) with us and we’ll send you a welcome package to help get you going!

Have a shelter birthday party

COVID-19: this program is currently on hold

Come celebrate your birthday at the BC SPCA!

When you have your party at one of our shelters, you’ll get to:

  • Play animal-themed games.
  • Take a tour of the shelter to meet some of our adoptable animals.
  • Spend hands-on time with some shelter animals.
  • Go home with a BC SPCA goody bag!

What about volunteering?

Just to let you know, you have to be at least 16 years old to volunteer with the animals — for safety reasons. Animals come to our shelters from all different backgrounds. Not all of them are comfortable around young people. We don’t want to put them — or you! — at risk.

Some of our smaller shelters have programs for junior volunteers. Usually, an adult has to be with you at all times. The best way to find out about volunteering opportunities is to contact your local shelter directly.

Helping animals in other ways

Boy petting kitten
Photo by Linda Mackie

If you’re not quite old enough to volunteer with the animals, why not consider fostering?

Fostering involves your whole family. Together, you help an animal, such as a cat and her newborn kittens, get ready for adoption. Fostering is a very important way to help our shelters free up space to take in more animals.

Looking for other ways you could help animals in your community? Here are a few ideas:

  • Get some friends together and organize a dog wash.
  • Arrange to walk your neighbour’s dog.
  • Offer to pet sit for a friend or family member.
  • Collect old towels and blankets for the animals at your local shelter.

All of these are great opportunities to help out and get to know animals and how to care for them.