‘C’ is for ‘Compassion’, ‘Community’ and ‘Cruelty Prevention’
Seventeen months ago, my husband and I began to volunteer at our local SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Each Tuesday, we spend the afternoon walking dogs. As with most volunteer experiences, we gain much more than we give.
Volunteering has provided us with our weekly ‘dog-fix’ (which we have desperately missed)! It has also exposed us to a broad range of dog types and has made us significantly more confident with breeds of which we were previously leery.
The British Columbia SPCA currently has 44 locations. In 2017, over 550 staff members and 5,500 volunteers assisted 48,946 animals across our province. Due to these combined efforts, in that single year, 22,659 homeless animals received shelter, and 3,861 lost animals were reunited with their families. (source) Richard and I are very proud to be part of this team.
Today we worked with Cassie (Labrador Retriever puppy), Diesel (American Bulldog) and Bruno (Pitbull Mix). Each of these dogs possesses unique qualities. Cassie and Diesel (pictured below) are currently available for adoption.
You can find out more about the SPCA here. You can read about its Volunteer Programs here and adoption here. In addition, the Parksville-Qualicum & District SPCA Branch will be holding its ‘Books and More’ sale on Friday, April 27 (9:00 a.m.- 5 p.m.) and Saturday, April 28 (9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.). If you are in the area, please come out and show your support!
Last March, I wrote a bit about the BC SPCA and their focus on Humane Communities. You can access that post here.
Are you currently engaged in volunteer work for your community? Please tell us more.