Open Doors Open Hearts

By Taylor Mundy

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. For many, this is a joyous day to celebrate the amazing people who raised and loved us. But for those who have lost their mum or are unable to visit, the second Sunday in May can be difficult.

Many wonder how they can honour their mom in a meaningful way. For Joyce, she wanted to pay tribute to her mother’s memory by supporting a cause her mom cared deeply about.

“For the past two decades, my mom, Mildred Williams, was a HUGE supporter of the Nova Scotia SPCA’s mission,” Joyce shared. “As a seamstress, she had a storage room full of various textiles and projects underway that are sold to support the charity. Yet sadly, she passed away last fall.”

Joyce was heartbroken. Looking out at the room filled with beautiful materials and memories, she came up with an idea to make pet-themed door stoppers. “I was inspired to use up her cherished fabrics and ‘do some good’ in her honour,” she exclaimed. “Using unique buttons for eyes, no two door stoppers look alike!”

Just like that, Joyce got straight to work organizing everything. It wasn’t long before she had more than 100 adorable door stoppers ready! Designed to look like an owl, dog or cat, the door stoppers help keep your doors from shutting and help to open up doors and opportunities for homeless pets. Proceeds from the door stoppers are donated back to continue Mildred’s legacy of love.

This isn’t the first time Joyce has gone above and beyond to help pets in need. In fact, she is also a loyal monthly donor. “Monthly giving is a small way to make a big difference – as it all adds up,” Joyce explained. “In one month, most of us typically spend on non-essential items. Yet a deliberate gift to help orphaned, homeless or abused animals is a great investment in my community.”

Joyce is right! Giving monthly allows the Nova Scotia SPCA to plan ahead and invest in better long-term solutions. Animal-lovers can choose whatever amount (big or small) that is safely deducted every month to help pets who need it most.

Joyce has her mom to thank for instilling her love of pets and giving back. “Many life choices that we make are inspired through our parents. We have had many, amazing pets over the years. Each and every one of us can make a difference in our community. This is where we live! My challenge to your readers: What fun, creative item can you, your home or work family do this spring to help financially support these domestic animals that go under the care of the SPCA?” Psssssttttt… here are some ideas to get you started.

The adorable pet door stoppers are being sold at our SPCA Thrift Stores throughout the province. Supplies are limited but Joyce encourages you to reach out and she can coordinate a special product for you if you’re interested. “After all,” Joyce continues, “they make great Mother’s Day gifts!”

Taylor Mundy

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