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Volunteer Spotlight – April 2018

We are fortunate to have two dedicated volunteers to help in our education program. From helping with our book lending program, to translating material for our recently launched French website, much of what we do would not be possible without the help of these fantastic individuals. With it being National Volunteer Week, we wanted to highlight the hard work that they do!

Rebecca Isbister - French Translation Intern

The launch our French website,, this year would not have been possible without the hard work of Rebecca. Rebecca moved over existing French content and translated resources from so that our material would be available to even more teachers and students throughout Alberta.

Rebecca is taking an accelerated diploma program for Public Relations at MacEwan University. Born and raised in Edmonton, Rebecca has lived in France and Washington D.C. through her university studies. She’s an avid hiker, film buff, and enjoys spending her free time with her friends and her family dog, Roxy. Rebecca hopes to see as much of the world as she can and build a career where she can either write or translate.

When asked what the best part of volunteering was, Rebecca mentioned:

“The best thing was being able to apply my knowledge related to French to benefit such a great organization and seeing the benefits for the Alberta SPCA multiply.”

Kyla Malayang – AnimalTales Intern

If your class participated in the AnimalTales program this year, there is a good chance that Kyla was the one responsible for making sure you received your package on time! Kyla carefully assembled and mailed the packages, as well as made sure all students received their bookmarks.

Kyla has integrated her compassion for animals, and her passion towards research, in her undergraduate degree. She will be graduating from MacEwan University's Honours Thesis Program in Psychology in June. Given her interests in conducting research in experimental psychology, she will be beginning her graduate studies in September with the goal of becoming a registered psychologist.

When asked how volunteering at the Alberta SPCA has impacted her, Kyla commented:

“I learned the value in educating students and teachers on the importance of animal welfare. As a volunteer, I learned how integral my part was in the AnimalTales program. Moreover, Alberta SPCA’s Education Program taught me how the maxim, “treat others how you want to be treated”, can start as early as when a child is in kindergarten.”

Five Reasons for AnimalTales

AnimalTales is a free book lending program (grades K-6) that encourages students to become more compassionate and develop a greater respect for all living things. This program was started in 2010 and is continually being updated with new books and materials! The feedback we get from teachers is overwhelmingly positive; in fact, many teachers use…Continue Reading

Two Must Have Books for Every Elementary Classroom!

Looking for new and exciting resources for teachers and students to use in the classroom is an important part of what we do. We strive to find books that engage student learning and promote humane education, as well as create activities that align with the curriculum. Here are two books we found that do just…Continue Reading

November is family violence prevention month

Deliberate abuse of a pet is a form of family violence. Identification and intervention leads to protecting both people and animals. There is a plethora of research that suggests a definitive link between animal abuse and other forms of violence. Young people who witness or commit acts of cruelty to animals may disclose these actions…Continue Reading

Announcing the 2017 Humane Award Recipient!

The Alberta SPCA’s Humane Awards recognize Alberta teachers and students who inspire others to show compassion for animals, people and the environment through example and leadership. We are pleased to announce this year’s Humane Award recipient! The Animal Rescue Crew at F.R. Haythorne Junior High in Sherwood Park is working to enhance animal welfare in…Continue Reading

What inspires us? What sustains us?

Many years and several careers ago, I came across this picture in a magazine; for some reason it resonated with me, so I cut it out and put it in a thrift store frame and hung it on my wall. Something about that lonely, hungry animal overlooking the beautifully chaotic landscape spoke to me, though…Continue Reading

5 – Freedom to Express Normal Behavior

This week we will be discussing the last of the Five Freedoms: the freedom to express normal behaviour. This freedom is all about providing an animal with an environment that allows for behaviour that promotes their well-being. This is accomplished by providing the animal with sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of their own kind.…Continue Reading

4- Freedom from Fear and Distress

This week we will be discussing the fourth of the Five Freedoms: the freedom from fear and distress. This freedom is about providing animals with conditions and treatment that do not cause them to suffer mentally or physically. Read the following blog with your students to learn more! Have you ever heard strange noises at…Continue Reading

Speak up for humane education in the new provincial curriculum

Albertans have until June 2 to provide input into preliminary draft documents of the new curriculum being developed by Alberta Education. Now’s your chance to voice your opinion about including humane education, animal welfare or other topics related to kindness to animals, people and the environment. Here’s some tips to make it easier. Before you…Continue Reading

3- Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease

Welcome back to our Five Freedom series! This week we will be covering the third of the Five Freedoms: The Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease. This freedom is all about preventing health issues in domestic animals, and rapidly diagnosing and treating them when they do occur. Read the following blog with your students to…Continue Reading

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