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Be Kind with Your Line

Be Kind with your Line is an environmental initiative that the VBSPCA has been spearheading for nearly a decade. Birds and other marine life can become entangled when trash and fishing line are left behind in our area’s waterways, which can lead to injuries, suffering, and death. For example, this heron was found entangled in fishing line and unable to move. He had likely been there for a few days, and he was cold, wet, and near death. The heron was safely retrieved from the water, cut away the line, and brought to the VBSPCA where he was stabilized. He was then transported to a rehabilitator who nursed him back to health and released him back into the wild.


The Be Kind With Your Line Earth Day initiative brings people together to clean up our waterways and prevent the suffering that can come from discarded fishing line, trash, and debris.

Here are ways you can get involved with our Earth Day inspired efforts:

  1. On Sunday, April 19th, you are invited to join VBSPCA staff , volunteers, and community members for a cleanup effort. Exact meet up location TBD. Wear sunscreen, bring a hat, bring gloves, and wear closed-toed shoes. We will have water and snacks available.
  2. During the week of April 19th-April 25th, participate in your own  cleanup efforts and share your experience on social media. Be sure to tag @vbspca in your posts and use #bekindwithyourline.
  3. Send any photos of debris collected between April 19th and April 25th to events@vbspca.com so we can show the collective effort of this initiative. We are better when we work together.

If you are interested in helping in any way, please email volunteer@vbspca.com to let us know that we can count on you!


Our local wildlife depends on us to be on the lookout for these dangers 365 days a year. Just remember to be careful, be responsible, and be safe!