Pasadena Humane Society Launches Novel Opportunity for Kids Who Love Animals

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From STAFF REPORTS

5:35 am | May 12, 2017


Kids who love animals have a novel opportunity to be part of a community engagement program which the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA launched Thursday.

The program, Kids for Animals, is intended for kids and young adults 18 years old and under, and fills a critical need by providing them opportunities to get involved with animals and be part of a movement that is kind to animals.

The centerpiece of Kids for Animals is a 12 page full-color handbook that contains a variety of suggestions on how children can be involved with caring for animals. Some of the activities include organizing donation drives, hosting fundraising events and volunteering at the Pasadena Humane Society shelter, to making crafts for shelter animals and reading humane-themed stories.

To begin their commitment, kids will be asked to take the Kids for Animals pledge, work hard, help animals, and complete at least one service project for animals per year.

“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.”

Participants are encouraged to share their projects with the Pasadena Humane Society. After a project is completed, 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. The Society has monthly Animal Adventurer programs for kids six to 12, weeklong camps for children nine to 12 and shelter tours and presentations for schools, scouts and other groups.

The Kids for Animals handbook is available at the Pasadena Humane Society located at 361 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena. It is also available for download, along with a list of children’s programming, through www.pasadenahumane.org/kids.