Walk Dogs and Play with Cats at the SPCA
Unlike many other parts of the world, animals in Vancouver are treated like first-class citizens. Tiny chihuahuas and pugs rule the streets, forcing their owners to walk behind them holding steaming bags of poop. In the suburbs, locals meet daily at certain times to let their dogs run free and sniff each others butts.
However, not everyone can enjoy the pleasure of owning a clean, healthy pet. They’re expensive, they are not allowed in many apartments around town, and they’re not a great investment for people with short attention spans.
For those of us in the great city of Vancouver that cannot own a cat, dog, rat, ferret, fish, snake, duck, monkey, or whatever else… It seems like the only chance we get to experience the joy of animal friskiness is to visit a pet store and stare through the glass into the depressing white boxes full of puppies and kittens.
What if I told you there was a way to spend time helping dogs, kittens, hamsters and other assorted animals for a good cause? It’s time to check out the many BC SPCA volunteer programs offered in your neighborhood.
What used to be an easy idea–just head down to the nearest SPCA and pick up a dog to walk–has changed into a much more organized system. It involves forms, a 14 page manual, dog walking orientation, and workshop.
While this sort of takes the joy and spontaneity out of walking dogs at the SPCA, it’s still for a great cause. You have the chance to volunteer your extra time to help out some depressed, lonely animals.
Not only can you walk dogs with the SPCA, but you can also help socialize them, clean their kennels, play with cats and hamsters, and help foster hurt, sick or damaged animals.
If you are looking for something great to do with your free time in Vancouver, it’s a great idea to check out the SPCA volunteer programs. Feel better about yourself, help dogs that have been abandoned, hurt or abused, and generally have fun. Check out the SPCA volunteer page to learn more.
Where: Your local SPCA
Why: Fun, good cause
How Much: FREE
Website: SPCA Volunteer Page