Friday July 17, 2020

Dear Friends of the Animals

The Times of COVID have thrown us many curve balls. Yet the human/animal bond prevails. I have been moved by the stories these last few months about how pets and people are taking care of each other in the times of isolation and remarkable change. Pets and people are a healthy combination.

My own feline friend, Currie, came into my life in July 2013, not long after I joined the HBSPCA Team as CEO. Currie was a long-stay cat, shying away from people and hiding his personality. A few days after coming home, he ran like heck from the broom as I swept the floor, and now the broom is a toy. Currie has flourished like so many others in their new forever homes.

Animals’ lives are transformed because donors care and because families open their hearts and homes to recovering abandoned and neglected souls.   So it is appropriate that our soon to be distributed 2021 Calendar –The Unbreakable Bonds of Friendship – shares how pets have made a difference in the lives of their families during shelter-in-place this year. The life-changing stories are compelling: cat Stash is thriving on two legs; Phoebe was treated for eclampsia and seizures and is living the doggie dream; Gizzy lost a leg and an eye and discovered that it’s a wonderful dog’s life after all.  Watch for our 2021 calendar to be available in early August.

It takes a village of caring to make possible lifesaving miracles for second chance lives. I invite you to mark your calendar for Sunday September 13th and Wiggle Waggle Walk Your Way, all for the animals. Walk, run, cycle, or play your way – wherever you like – along side friends, family, neighbours or colleagues.  Full details coming next week!

Love coffee?  Love supporting the HBPSCA?  Be sure to check out www.topdogcoffee.ca for your new favourite beans.   $2 from each bag purchased can be donated directly back to the animals at the HBSPCA.

Join Katie Favell on Thursday August 13th for a Virtual Paint A Pet Night! From the comfort of your own home you can participate in step-by-step instructions to paint your very own masterpiece!

This is a FREE event and Katie is donating her time in support of the animals and donations to the HBSPCA are greatly appreciated. You can donate online at hbspca.com/donate once you register for the event.

You provide the materials, Katie will provide the fun and instruction and we will continue to provide care to animals like Bear.  Find full event details here or visit our website /paintyourpet/

Your support remains vital to ensure animals are healthy and safe every day. And they are taking care of us too, unconditionally.


Marion Emo
President and CEO
Keeping Distance Staying Connected.