Spare Change to Change Lives

By Taylor Mundy

Small acts of kindness have the potential to make a big impact.  Just ask SPCA adopter and supporter, Yvonne Hartlin!

13 years ago, Yvonne made a new furry best friend and adopted Vegas.  Vegas was a kitty who was tossed away like trash in a nearby dumpster.  Struggling to survive in a tied up plastic bag, Vegas was rescued and nursed back to health.  “Vegas is still terrified of plastic bags to this day,” says Yvonne.  When Yvonne locked eyes with Vegas, she felt an instant connection and brought her home.

Last year, Yvonne’s 14-year-old niece mentioned that she was saving up her leftover change to gift to charity.  She was going to set it aside and donate the total amount at the end of the year.  Yvonne was inspired!  Looking into Vegas’ sweet eyes, she knew she wanted to save up her change to help save animals in need.

Just like that, Yvonne started setting aside any $5 bills she received in change.  “It’s kind of a miracle and it was so much fun to watch it grow!” says Yvonne.  At the end of the year, Yvonne proudly walked into the SPCA animal shelter and donated $1,000!  “It was a little bit of creativity from my niece combined with me wanting to fulfill a need.  I’m excited to see how much I can save up this year!”

Yvonne continues to tuck away her $5 bills and snuggle up with Vegas, who is constantly plotting to find all the treats in the house.  Because of generous people like Yvonne, many more animals, like Vegas, will get their second chance at a happy and healthy life.  The amount you chose to give doesn’t matter – supporting a cause you believe in matters a lot.  Take the $5 challenge today.

Taylor Mundy

Taylor is the Communications & Development Officer with the Nova Scotia SPCA and proud adoptive fur-mama to Bonnie. She is passionate about raising awareness and funds for local animals in need.