Wyoming County SPCA: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
The grant we received from the Petfinder Foundation/Build-a-Bear for $3,045 was partially used to buy books recommended by Red Rover. Ms. Pamela Doore, a certified elementary educator, leads our education program and is certified in the Red Rover program. Ms. Doore has presented her Red Rover program three times so far since January 2018 using these books as the subject. The students loved the program and had many questions. The other part of the grant was used to supply 49 area classrooms, grades K-4, with subscriptions to Kind News. The feedback we have gotten has been very positive. The publication was well-received and inspired a “kind to animals” conversation. We were excited to bring both of these programs to the students to encourage and educate current and future pet owners and to teach the children how to live in harmony with animals. We thank you very much!!
The grant allowed us to continue an education program for another year at a much larger scale than last year. From this exposure, we had groups outside the classroom come to visit and do some hands-on work with the cats in our shelter. One of these groups was a Boy Scout troop who earned badges. Another was a 4H group who, by their creed, gave back to the community with handmade cat toys. This summer will bring more groups to pitch in for the animals.
An endless number — these children will take what they have learned about kindness into their future.
The education of youth has an indirect benefit. We’d like to share a story that inspired us to build and expand our education program. It was mid-October when two boys, both about 14 years old, found a mother cat who had been hit by a car and was lying in the street. Around her were her two 4-week-old kittens, huddled against her for warmth. These two boys could have walked away, but they didn’t. They had no means to care for the cats and did not know what to do, but they did not walk away. They scooped up the kittens and called WCSPCA. These boys come from a “rough” home life, but something inside of them made them do the right thing. This is what we want to instill in each and every child. The two kittens, Winston and Harmony, are pictured. Although their mother, sadly, passed away, both kittens have been adopted.