Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase coloring books, brochures, story books and a video to enhance our Humane Education program.

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

The grant helped to reinforce our message of humane education. Little Shelters Humane Education Program is designed to give children the skills and knowledge necessary to properly care for animals and help to instill a lifelong sense of compassion and respect for all living things. Through the Petfinder Foundation’s generous donation, we were able to purchase coloring books, story books and brochures and create a video. As a thank-you to Little Shelter for providing this community-based program, schools and Brownie/Cub Scout troupes set up blanket/toy/food drives. Our dogs and cats felt safe, secure, warm and comfortable due to the children’s generosity. The children felt they were giving back and helping the animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

It is hard to determine the number of pets helped since this a continuing program.

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

As part of Humane Education, Little Shelter brings one of our shelter dogs to be part of the presentation. Just recently, two dogs who were brought to a school found homes through Humane Education. Dori, a little 2-year-old dachshund (first photo), found her forever home with a sweet seventh-grade girl. The girl’s family had been thinking about getting a dog. After meeting Dori and learning about the shelter, the girl went home and told her parents and encouraged them to visit and meet Dori. It was a match for Dori and she is now happily with her new family.

Vanilla, a sweet terrier (second photo), found her forever home with a Brownie troupe leader. The troupe leader met Vanilla at a Humane Education presentation and fell in love. Vanilla is now part of a loving family.

Another dog, Doris (third photo), participated in the Humane Education program. Although she has not found her forever home, her program encouraged a family to visit Little Shelter and adopt another dog. Meet Doris: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36356201

Also pictured is Clancy (fourth photo). From his Petfinder profile: “Clancy is a mellow little Lhasa Apso mix of around 10 years old. He would love to spend his days taking leisurely walks with his favorite people and just being with you — his human family. He wants you all to himself and won’t share the love with anybody else with four legs. He is a true cuddlebug with a funny little face that will make you smile every time you see him. Just imagine waking up to that face every day. He’s better than your morning coffee and healthier for you, too. You’ll never have a bad day with Clancy around.” Meet Clancy: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35288688

We feel that Humane Education not only educates children, but also provides exposure for the shelter and the many wonderful animals that we have in residence. Little Shelter is very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for this generous donation.

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