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Camps and workshops Children's hands caress and pet red border collie dog

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!

BC SPCA Kids Club

Our BC SPCA Kids Club is all about encouraging a love of animals in kids ages 13 and under.

When you sign your kids up, they’ll get:

Join the Kids Club today!

 

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 kids can learn more about animals and the environment.

Discover BC SPCA Learn at Home!

Animal crafts and activities

We have lots of animal-themed craft and activity ideas for you and your kids.

Follow us on Pinterest and YouTube to get ideas for keeping busy on rainy days.

Birthday parties

When your kids love animals, what better way for them to celebrate their birthday than at the BC SPCA? Kids ages 7 to 12 are welcome to have a birthday party at these select BC SPCA locations: Kelowna, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, Richmond, Surrey, Tri-Cities (Coquitlam), Victoria and West Kootenay (Castlegar).

Looking to host an animal-themed birthday party at home? Check out our Pinterest page for ideas!

Learn about pet care

Thinking of getting a pet? Our shelters have lots of dogs, cats, rodents and rabbits available for adoption. Make sure your kids are prepared to look after a pet by reading our care guides.

For more care tips and cage ideas, you can also visit our Pinterest and YouTube channels.

What about volunteering?

A common question we’re asked is whether kids are allowed to volunteer at our shelters. Just to let you know, your child has to be at least 16 years of age 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 your kids! — at risk.

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

Teens who’ve been through one of our leadership camps can apply to volunteer as a junior camp counsellor during the summer. As a junior counsellor, they’ll be instrumental in showing younger kids how to respect and care for animals.

Helping animals in other ways

We feel that youth involvement in helping animals in the community is very important. Here are a few suggestions for kids who are really keen to make a difference:

  • Foster an animal as a family.
  • Get some friends together and organize a dog wash.
  • Arrange to walk a 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.
  • Participate in BC SPCA events such as Paws for a Cause and National Cupcake Day.
  • Start a neighbourhood or school animal club (PDF).

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

Photo Credit Shelley Dube
Photo by Shelley Dube