By Kate Marcussen, Educator
Most visitors to PAWS are looking to adopt a new family member or are lending a helping hand to a wildlife patient in need. But there’s another group that frequents the PAWS campus as well. They might be small, but they sure are mighty. Kids!
Since the start of the year, 720 kids have participated in education programs at PAWS to learn more about companion animals and their local wildlife. What do they do while they are here? Take a glimpse into the world of kids at PAWS…
Each program tours our shelter to visit the cats and dogs waiting to find their forever home, or stops over at our wildlife hospital lobby to take a peek at our current patients through live hidden cameras.
Above: Kids enjoying a tour of our companion animal shelter
Through games, activities, and imaginative play, kids learn about the responsibilities of having a pet, and how to be kind and gentle towards each and every one.
They even help the dogs and cats at PAWS be adopted! By creating mini advertisements highlighting an animal’s best features, they draw the eyes of potential adopters to their kennel.
Above: Learning how to be gentle with cats (L). and a mini advertisement for an adorable adoptable (R)
Hands-on experience with wildlife biofacts gives kids a chance to explore wild animals up close and learn about what makes these creatures so awesome.
As backyards go, ours is the perfect place for an adventure! Kids learn about what wild animals need in their habitat in order to survive, and how they can help.
Above: Examining biofacts (L) and exploring PAWS' backyard (R)
They even get to pretend to be wildlife rehabilitators, and when provided with the right vet tools, major surgery has been known to take place...
Above: Injured animal stuffies, post-surgery
Have a child in mind who would think “this is the best day ever!”? Visit the kids section of our website to learn more about the programs offered, and take a look at these upcoming programs:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | Homeschoolers
Companion Animals are Cool | 10-11:30 a.m. | Ages 7-10
Friday, November 11, 2016 | Schools Out: Veterans Day Program
Animal Superpowers | 1-2:15 p.m. | Ages 6-7
PAWS Champions | 3-4:15 p.m. | Ages 8-10
Preteens Helping Animals | 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Ages 11-12
Want to know more about our education programs at PAWS? Find out here.
Inspired to take action for animals? Here are some suggestions for things you could do.
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