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Teaching Kids To Treat Animals Kindly

The 5th grade students at John A. Dooley Elementary School in Henderson recently completed one of Heaven Can Wait’s educational components in the Angels for Animals program.  The educational unit focused on how to take care of a family pet. 

The kids begin the unit by receiving their very own stuffed “Foster Pet” – complete with a crate where the stuffed cat or dog can sleep and kennel card that explains the history of the animal.  (Each kennel card is based on a real cat or dog rescued by HCWS.)  During the next two weeks, the students learn about situations that impact cats and dogs.  

Here Are Some Of The Topics Discussed:

  • The importance of having a pet spayed or neutered.
  • The proper way people should take care of a pet.
  • The costs involved in owning a cat or dog.
  • The reasons people abuse animals and solutions to stop it.
  • How to prevent dog bites from happening.

All of the activities are completed with an effort to educate the students and their families that there is a pet overpopulation crisis and ways this problem can be solved.

At the end of the two week unit, the students have the opportunity to adopt their stuffed pet.  This is a very exciting day as the students are now free to rename their pet and incorporate them into their lives forever. 

Educating our youth and their families is crucial to ensuring that in the future there will be enough homes for all cats and dogs living on Earth.  For more information about educating youth using the Angels for Animals program, please visit: Angels for Animals.

Angels for Animals was created by HCWS Board Member and Clark County teacher, Kim Yates.  The program is free and currently being taught in 17 schools. 

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2 Responses

  1. This is an awesome program! You can tell how much the kids enjoyed it by the pictures. As always great job HCWS!

  2. THIS IS VERY GOOD AND I AM HAPPY THAT THE CHILDREN ARE BEING TAUGHT THIS ABOUT ANIMALS, AND NOT TO BE CRUEL. I HAVE A SHELTIE AND THE BEST COMPANION THERE IS, HE IS ALSO A SERVICE/THERAPY DOG AND LOVES TO WORK WITH ME AS A TEAM..

    GORDIE AND HIS MOM

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