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Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

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

To expand understanding and awareness of animal welfare to the youth in our community. We were able to increase our presence at after-school programs and schools and we increased recruitment for and participation in our youth camps. In addition, more partnerships with other organizations that focus on youth education were formed. These things ultimately allowed us to increase the number of youth positively who were affected through humane education.

Our mission is to advance the compassionate treatment of animals by providing sheltering, medical care, and behavioral services for dogs and cats; promoting permanent, caring homes; and furthering education and outreach. This grant allowed us to increase our outreach through humane education, which will ultimately result in a more compassionate generation of children. An immeasurable number of animals will benefit. During our youth camps, several animals are given the opportunity to receive extra love and attention from the children, and some are lucky enough to receive baths from eager youth.

How many pets did this grant help?

Humane education helps an immeasurable number of both animals and the humans who love them.

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

During one of our youth camps that we provide free of charge to underserved youth, we met a young man absolutely terrified of pit bulls. He had grown up in a neighborhood where these types of dogs were used as protection and as a status symbol. He had never had a positive experience with these dogs. Through this valuable camp, he met a goofy, fun loving pit bull-type dog who taught him that these dogs have nothing but love and companionship to give.

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