Every year, the SPCA receives numerous requests from schools to help the SPCA as part of their Community Involvement Programme/Service Learning programme. We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support shown by the schools, teachers and pupils. Unfortunately, due to our small premises, there is only so much that the SPCA can accommodate by way of students volunteering at the SPCA. We also have a 17 years and above requirement to volunteer at the SPCA.
Having said that, there are certainly other ways for you to get involved and help the animal welfare cause. The best way to do this is by helping us create awareness about the SPCA in your school. Very often, animals are abandoned and abused because of the lack of awareness and knowledge about their welfare. The more awareness created, the better our animal friends will be treated. SPCA will acknowledge the hours as CIP hours.
So, how is this done? You could select some of these ideas:
- Give a presentation about the care of animals and the work of the SPCA. SPCA will provide the script and accompanying pictures for the 30-minute PowerPoint presentation. If preferred, SPCA staff can also conduct the session.
- An animal dedication board can be set up. Origami cat and dog shapes can be learnt in four easy steps and done after the presentation/play. The students can then pen their wish for the animals on these shapes and stick them on the dedication boards.
- An SPCA exhibition and sale of SPCA merchandise can be organised to raise funds for the SPCA. Students can also make their own fundraising items like bookmarks (with animal welfare messages) and cookies. Our range of pet care leaflets and brochures will also be available to students at the exhibition. You could also work with the school library to encourage students to borrow animal/pet care-related books.
- You can consider organising a pet food drive in the programme. Instead of tinned foods schools normally collect for homes, you can encourage your schoolmates to donate tinned pet food for the animals at the SPCA.
- An SPCA membership drive can be organised in the school. Students who sign on will get four SPCA publications throughout the year, a membership badge and a membership card. They will also be put in our youth email database that will keep them in the loop of volunteer opportunities, talks and events that we organise.
You do not have to adopt all the ideas mentioned above. These are just some of the activities students can do to help the SPCA and our furry animal friends. Please do not hesitate to contact the education team at the SPCA for more details. Please fill up the form above.