Millions of animals are killed every year in shelters
because someone did not value the animals' friendship and
love. Your family needs time, money, and a proper
environment to give pets the care they need.
Kids can make a big
difference in the No More Homeless Pets campaign. Not sure
what to do? Here are some ways you and your friends can help
Helping in the
Prepare a report or
speech for your class about the pet overpopulation
problem or about responsible pet care.
Ask your teacher if you
can do a letter-writing project. Talk to people at your
local animal shelter to find out why animals are being
turned over to the shelter. Write letters to your local
and state government officials and the newspapers. Make
a bulletin board and display responses so other students
can see them.
Create a puppet show for
your school about responsible pet care. Ask your
principal if you can present it for an assembly.
Volunteer to help younger
students with their reading, and read a story about
people helping animals. Best Friends' Education
Department has some book suggestions.
Do you know an elderly
person or someone sick who has a pet? Volunteer to help
feed, walk or bathe the person's dog, or change kitty
Your help may enable
someone to keep a pet they might otherwise have to send
to a shelter..
Call your local shelter.
Ask what you can do to help. Offer to collect blankets
and other supplies. Create a bulletin board for your
school or library with pictures of adoptable animals.
Animal rescue groups
always need money. Hold a bake sale, collect money from
recycling aluminum cans, or hold a yard sale. The money
could be given to sponsor spay/neuter programs or to
help feed shelter animals.
Make posters for the
neighborhood about taking care of animals, spaying and
neutering, adopting older animals, and everything that
is involved in taking care of a pet. Ask permission to
put these up in stores, veterinarians' offices, or on
community bulletin boards.
at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Ask your family to come to
our facility for a visit. You can enjoy the company of our
animals while learning about them.
age 16 and 17 may
participate as a youth group project.
People 18 and over may participate individually.
Complete the service
aspect of a classroom project.
Learn about animal
Design a project for
Youth Groups of all ages are
welcome for field trips at your
local animal control facility to show them what happens when
they act irresponsibly.