BC SPCA East Kootenay Happenings
Season’s greetings from all of the staff and fur babies at the East Kootenay branch of BC SPCA!
Are you looking for the perfect Christmas present for the one who has everything?
We have three ways that you can give while making a difference.
Make a donation in honour of your friend or family member. You pick the amount you would like to donate in honour of the one who has everything, and we will do up a Christmas Card and either send it to the recipient or give it to you to give to the recipient.
Adopt an Envelope! From Dec. 1 until Dec. 25 you can stop by the shelter and choose an envelope that has the number corresponding with the cash value you want to give. There are envelopes numbered from one to 100. Feel free to choose more than one. You then make your donation. You will then be entered in a draw to win a gift basket valued at over $100.
Sign up your favourite kid for the BC SPCA Kids Club. A one-year membership is $15 and a two year membership is $25. It’s a great way for kids to learn more about animals and the good work that the BC SPCA does.
All donations over $20 are eligible for a charitable donation tax receipt.
Cold Weather Safety Tips
1. When the temperature drops, cats and wildlife will often gravitate to warm vehicle engines – by banging the hood to alert them, B.C. drivers can help avoid a tragic ending for an animal seeking refuge from the cold.
2. Make sure you thoroughly clean the pads of your pet’s paws after they’ve walked on sidewalks or roads to remove any coarse salt that can cause irritation. For your own sidewalk, choose a pet-friendly, non-corrosive de-icing compound readily available through retail outlets.
3. Use pet-safe propylene-based antifreeze instead of ethylene glycol antifreeze, which is toxic to pets and wildlife. A mere tablespoon of ethylene glycol antifreeze can kill a cat or small dog.
4. The BC SPCA strongly urges pet guardians to keep all animals indoors during cold weather, but if you must keep domestic or farm animals outside, ensure they have access to shelter that is off the ground, provides protection from wind, cold and dampness and is properly insulated. Regular checks to ensure drinking water has not frozen over are also a must.
YOU CAN TURN BURRS TO PURRS
When a shelter cat is adopted another cat can come in out of the cold. Help us save more lives. Adopt an adult cat from November 24 until December 5 and save 50% off the adoption fee.
Don’t forget to keep all of those bottles from your Christmas Cheer!
Thanks to Gail and Richard Balance, and the folks who have donated refundables, a load of funds has been raised to assist with medical costs for all of the animals in the East Kootenay Branch’s care. Gail and Richard pick up, sort and deliver cans and bottles for recycling. If you want to donate please drop off your refundable at the shelter or call Gail and Richard at 250-489-2450 and they will pick up from your home or place of business.
Lead image: We have lots of wonderful playful kittens in the shelter and in foster so if you are looking for spayed or neutered kitten who is up to date on vaccinations and is microchipped please come and spend some time at the shelter.
BC SPCA EAST KOOTENAY BRANCH