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The Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County PCA, Inc. (a.k.a. Lollypop Farm): Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

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

We purchased program supplies such as snacks, shirts, books, science projects; supplies such as crafts, crayons, markers, lamination, stethoscopes, and course books; registration fees with Intermountain Therapy Assistance Dogs; shirts and name tags, etc.

This grant allowed us to continue our humane-education programming. Humane education is one of the building blocks of a humane and ethically responsible society. It especially helps children to develop a personal understanding of who they are and their own special talents, while fostering in them a sense of self-worth. From this they learn to develop a deep feeling of empathy, understanding and compassion for other people, the environment and animals. We continue to serve thousands of youth in our community with these programs, and the Build-A-Bear Workshop/Petfinder Foundation grant allowed us to purchase outreach and program supplies for these programs

How many pets did this grant help?


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

The Build-A-Bear Workshop/Petfinder Foundation grant was used to support our Youth Humane Education Program. With this funding we were able to buy supplies to support Lollypop Farm’s youth literacy programs (Book Buddies, Animal Tales, etc.), Farm Camp, Animal Advocates Camp, Futures Veterinarians Camp and School Break Humane Education Programs. We were also able to provide several students who live in poverty with no-cost scholarships for Farm/Future Vet Camp.

New this year, camp participants took part in cat yoga each morning, dissected owl pellets and learned what it takes to train a pet-therapy animal. We had several students with special needs this summer and had 1:1 aides with them. We even had a camper adopt a cat on the last day of camp. The camper fell in love during cat yoga and some of the animal interactions, and her mother surprised her with the adoption.

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