Virtual Piggy is an online family wallet that protects your child's privacy when he or she shops online under the limits you set. Parents stay in control, kids and teens get to learn financial responsibility, and there are never any fees or charges. It’s a great way to create an ongoing family conversation around financial literacy by empowering kids to make decisions within parental boundaries.
Virtual Piggy also provides kids and teens with tools to help them budget, save and give to charities responsibly. The service is 100% free to use, and available online or via mobile.
“Philanthropy is important to us and a key component to a well-rounded knowledge of financial literacy,” says Dr. Jo Webber, CEO and founder of Virtual Piggy. “We are excited to work with the ASPCA, which is one of the Virtual Piggy members’ favorite charities.”
“Kids and teens have always had a passion for the welfare of animals,” adds Elysia Howard, ASPCA Vice President of Marketing and Licensing. “Now they can feel empowered to directly contribute to a cause they deeply care about.”
Donate to the ASPCA at no cost to you by setting up a free account at Virtual Piggy—visit www.virtualpiggy.com/ASPCAtoday to get started.
Have you heard about Nickelodeon's "Paw Patrol" yet? We’re partnering with Nick on this exciting new show, which features super-cute puppies on a mission to help people and animals in their community of Adventure Bay.
The show premieres next month, but kids can get to know the show now with these fun coloring pages and pet adoption checklist, provided exclusively to the ASPCA by Nickelodeon.
If your child has tried to volunteer at a shelter, you might have been told he or she is too young. But there is much more your kids can do for shelter pets. Check out some of the cool stuff kids have done at shelters across the country.
1. Go Viral These Hawaiian kids created a promotional video and a mega-catchy song for the Lana’I Animal Rescue Center.
2. Fill ‘Er Up Take a tip from kids in the capital. They helped the Washington Humane Society prepare Busy Buckets—buckets filled with stuff like toys and treats that help, you guessed it, keep shelter dogs busy and happy.
3. Toy Story Check out these awesome cat toys kids made out of extra collar material at Sacramento County Animal Care. Your local shelter might have some extra stuff lying around that would make a great cat toy—all you have to do is ask…and get crafty.
4. PB & J? Make That PB & K... We’re betting Girl Scout Troop 40892 had as much fun stuffing Kong toys with peanut butter as the dogs at McKamey Animal Center had unstuffing them!
5. Join a Program Just for Kids It’s true, some shelters have awesome programs made especially for kids. At the Bay Area Humane Society in Wisconsin, kids even get to help teach shelter pets new tricks.
Mark your calendars! We’re gearing up to celebrate Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play on September 21. Every year, in September, Nickelodeon shuts down its channels for three hours to encourage kids, parents and pets to get outside and play for a fun-filled day of fitness.
This year, the ASPCA is joining Nickelodeon for the official Worldwide Day of Play celebration in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. We’ll have fun activities that feature furry friends and Nickelodeon’s brand new series, "PAW Patrol." Want to join the fun? Enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play in NYC. (Update: Sweepstakes is now closed!)
If you can’t make it to Brooklyn, there is still plenty you can do to celebrate Worldwide Day of Play at home with your pets. After all, furry friends need ample physical exercise, too. Here are some ASPCA-approved workouts that are great for dogs, cat and their pet parents.
Go jogging, swimming or romping at the dog park—they are all great ways to burn excess energy. Healthy adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a day.
Engage in some structured games, like fetch and tug of war. They’re not only great exercise but also teach your pooch impulse control and strengthen the bond between you.
Get kitty fit with rousing play sessions, such as chase and fetch, with furry toys, small balls or toy mice.
Teach your cat a new trick. Felines are quick studies and can learn practical skills like coming when called, sitting up, rolling over and even using the toilet!
For more ways to celebrate Worldwide Day of Play on September 21, check out Nickelodeon’s Top 10 Ways to Get Out and Play. And don’t forget to spread the word using the hashtag #WWDOP.