New Year New Opportunities to Help Animals in Need
It’s 2019! New Year’s resolutions usually center around wellness, positivity and making healthy promises. So why not start the year off by making a commitment to yourself and local animals in need?! Kick off 2019 on the right paw and make your New Year’s resolutions to help SPCA furry friends! We’ve compiled a list of 5 different ways to get involved to help you get started.
#1 – BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR
Becoming a monthly donor is a wonderful way to help! Where we do not receive any government funding to care for our SPCA shelter pets, community support is critical to our future. Your monthly gift will provide the means to tackle medical and cruelty cases to ensure every animal is safe, happy and healthy.
Monthly donors allow the Nova Scotia SPCA to plan ahead and invest in better long-term solutions to help animals in need. It’s super simple to sign-up and you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt as an added bonus. What are you waiting for?! Please pledge to become a monthly donor and choose “Recurring Gift.”
#2 – PARTICIPATE IN A DONATION DRIVE
Rally your friends, family members and co-workers to help fill the SPCA Wish List! The supplies on this list are the most used items at our shelters across the province. With over 6,000 animals coming through the Nova Scotia SPCA each year, you can imagine how much food, litter, toys and treats we go through! Check out our top-needed items.
P.S. Did you know that you can also donate gently used clothing and household items to any of our 4 SPCA Thrift Stores across the province? All of the money raised goes straight back to helping our shelter pets!
#3 – HOST A FUNDRAISER
You can help SPCA furry friends by hosting a fundraiser and donating the proceeds! We can support you by giving you SPCA SWAG (brochures, donation jars etc) and promoting the fundraiser on social media. E-mail Taylor to find out more! Want a few ideas to get you started?
- Charity Birthdays – Instead of buying a cake and a card, everyone can chip in some money to be donated in honour of the birthday!
- Sweat for the SPCA – If your office has a gym/open space, ask a yoga instructor or personal trainer to run a karma class for charity.
- Casual days – Ask participants to donate $2 for Friday casual days. Collect the change and make a donation to the Nova Scotia SPCA!
- Bake Sale – Host a by-donation bake sale with delicious goodies. In fact, we have an SPCA day dedicated to this on February 22nd called Bake Sales for Wagging Tails. Stay tuned for this on next month’s blog!
#4 – VOLUNTEER & FOSTER
Volunteering is a proven de-stressor that enhances your lifestyle and emotional well-being. When you volunteer with the Nova Scotia SPCA you can help change your life and give shelter pets a second chance. If you’re looking to get active, you may as well get active walking dogs with lots of slobbery kisses!! Check out our online volunteer application.
Fostering SPCA furry friends is so rewarding and a great way to get involved. We provide you with the litter, food, toys and support and they will pay rent in cuddles. Your fostering situation is totally up to you and could be anything from bottle-feeding orphaned kittens to socializing an animal to rebuild their trust in humans. Interested in learning more? Check out our foster application form.
#5 – ADOPT A FOUR-LEGGED-FRIEND
Along with their cuteness and companionship, pets have emotional, social, physical and mental benefits. If you’re prepared for the long-term commitment, consider dropping by your local SPCA Animal Shelter or viewing our adorable adoptables online to find your new bestie. Your 2019 will be filled with wet noses, wagging tails and unconditional love! After all, pets are more than great friends… they become family.
Taylor is a Provincial Fund Development Coordinator with the Nova Scotia SPCA. She also writes for "In The Community" on our blog.