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Liberty Humane Society: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This money was used to supplement our existing Humane Education Program. We were able to expand our reach to local schools through marketing and outreach efforts.

The grant enables us to reach out to schools and youth organizations. Youth animal advocacy is, for our organization, a dynamic and fruitful program. Our Girl Scouts support us at events and fundraise on our behalf. The excitement of students touring an animal shelter for the first time has lead to a number of animals being adopted. It also furthers our efforts in educating the public as to the importance of spay/neuter, adopting versus buying, and preventing animal cruelty. Many of our students visiting from low-income areas know of breeders in their area and are learning for the first time what a respectful interaction with an animal looks like.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 20 animals have found homes as the result of marketing efforts from Humane Education. Our local youth organizations have donated more than 2,000 lbs. of food since we received the grant.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Our faithful Girl Scout troop from Hoboken worked the adoption van at our annual event in October. Their tenacity and enthusiasm brought in numerous would-be adopters. We saw more than 10 cats get adopted during the five hours the event was held, and that’s in no small part due to the help of the Girl Scouts whom we were able to reach and cultivate a relationship with through our Humane Education Program. In fact, they managed to encourage a pair of adopters at the event to take home not one, but two cats! When the couple had settled on adopting Zuko, one of the girls asked if they had met Rizzo (Zuko’s littermate). The adopters went back into the van to meet Rizzo and decided that they had to leave with both of them.

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