Furever Love

By Taylor Mundy

Congratulations – you’re getting married!  This is an exciting time in your life where the focus is all on your love.  When planning the big day, you can incorporate subtle touches to puuuursonalize your wedding… Just like Nicole and Tyler!  This kind couple used their special day to make another animal’s day special.

Nicole and Tyler first met while attending St. Francis Xavier University.  They started dating in 2008 and after a decade of love and happiness, they tied the knot in August 2019.  Nicole and Tyler are both passionate animal lovers and have two nephew cats named Garfield and Tom who were adopted from the Cape Breton SPCA.  Although they do not have any pets of their own (yet) they wanted to do something to help furry friends on their journey to their forever families.

Nowadays, weddings usually involve favors for guests to take home after the celebration.  Planning the favors can sometimes seem like another task on the never-ending wedding to-do list.  Fortunately for the Cape Breton SPCA, Nicole and Tyler used this as an opportunity to make a difference for local animals in need.  In lieu of wedding favors, they made a generous donation to the Cape Breton SPCA.

Nicole and Tyler shared, “Our inspiration to donate to the Cape Breton SPCA derives from our shared love for animals.  Opposed to a materialistic item for our guests to remember our wedding day, we wanted those in attendance to be involved in a larger moment. The Cape Breton SPCA was an easy choice for us make a monetary contribution to as an alternative to traditional wedding favours. We have seen first-hand how the work done by the SPCA can change the lives of people and animals alike and wanted to contribute to these ongoing efforts.”

Not only did our shelter pets love their thoughtfulness, but their wedding guests were thrilled as well!  “Our guests we quite moved by our donation to the Cape Breton SPCA and were remarked on multiple occasions as to how great of an idea it was to make a contribution to a worthy cause. Many of those in attendance on our wedding day have had personal experiences when it comes to the work conducted by the SPCA. Whether this was through animal rescue, rehabilitation or, the greatest of all experiences, animal adoption into their forever home. Our guests, much like ourselves, have true love and compassion for our animal friends!”

Because of Nicole and Tyler’s kindness and generosity, we will be able to purchase necessary supplies and provide services so local animals are safe, happy and healthy.  What a loving gift that gives back!  Thank you, Nicole and Tyler, for saying “I do” and including animals, too!

Psssssst, looking for some more inspiration?  A few other ways you can incorporate your love for animals with your wedding are:

  • Make your Kissing Count – Ditch the tradition of tinging glasses to get the married couple to kiss.  Instead, opt to kiss when guests show some love to the SPCA and put donations in a jar.
  • Furry Friend Bachelor/Bachelorette Paw-ty – Drop by your local SPCA shelter with your friends for an hour to walk some doggos and snuggle some kitties
  • Wedding Gifts for Shelter Pets – In lieu of wedding gifts, ask your guests to donate to the Nova Scotia SPCA.  You can also ask guests to bring food, toys or other Wish List items that our furry friends need.

* Prepping for your wedding?  Please contact Taylor at tmundy@spcans.ca *

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.