The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has launched Kids for Animals, a community engagement program for kids and young adults 18 and under. Kids for Animals fills a critical need by providing opportunities for kids of all ages to get involved with animals and starts a movement of kids of being kind to animals.
The centerpiece of the program is the Kids for Animals handbook, a 12 page full-color pamphlet that suggests a variety of ways for children to get involved with animals. From organizing donation drives, hosting fundraising events and volunteering at the shelter to making crafts for shelter animals and reading humane-themed stories, there are activities for all young animal lovers.
To begin their commitment to animals, all kids are asked to take the Kids for Animals pledge to work hard to help animals and complete at least one service project a year. Participants are encouraged to share their projects with the Pasadena Humane Society. After a project’s completion, the participating child officially becomes a Kid for Animals and receives a certificate.
Other ways to become a Kid for Animals include attending one of the shelter activities the Pasadena Humane Society offers for children. There are monthly Animal Adventurer programs from kids 6 to 12, weeklong camps for children 9 to 12 and shelter tours and presentations for schools, scouts and other groups.
“Our hope is that Kids for Animals will help instill humane values in kids at a young age,” says Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “Getting involved with animals helps young people develop compassion and empathy, traits that will serve them well as adults.”
The Kids for Animals handbook is available at the Pasadena Humane Society located at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. It is also available for download, along with a list of children’s programming, at pasadenahumane.org/kids.