The Time to Reach the Next Generation is Now

19 02 2011

As I write this post, I am sitting at a Starbucks in the middle of a busy mall.

Directly in front of me is a rescue group “Going Home Greyhounds” out of Pennsylvania. They are here with several dogs in an attempt to educate and adopt these beautiful animals out.

 As I sit here watching the interaction between the group, the dogs and the crowd it strikes me that there are many children drawn to the booth. Sure, they are more interested in seeing the “doggies” but it became so apparent to me that with the natural draw children have toward animals, it only makes sense that they be the future voice of animals.

  Children, particularly younger ones, have minds like sponges and still want to help and please others. Isn’t it wise to use that natural urge to please to teach them the importance of being kind to animals and how to teach others to do the same?

Our Animal Rescue Superhighway has just the vehicle to help teach tomorrow’s generation today. The Koala Kid’s Club™ is our children’s humane education program designed with elementary-aged children in grades 1-6 in mind. We believe that by reaching children at this young age, we’re preparing a whole new generation to deal with the plights of animals and how to protect them.

By taking part in a humane program like the Koala Kid’s Club™ – a program that reinforces positive behavior and positive attitudes – children learn to extend mercy and kindness to animals, which in turn, allow them to become more considerate and caring in their relationships with others.

If you would like more information on how to bring a Koala Kid’s Club™ program to your area, please visit our site to learn more and contact us today. It’s never too soon to start.

‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly – But Not To Give Pets As Gifts

23 11 2010

The holidays are upon us – time for spending time with family, baking and shopping for the perfect gift. Each year we seem to be on a mission to outdo what we’ve done in past years for our children. A common and mistakenly popular gift? Pets.

Why “mistakenly popular” you may ask? A pet – no matter what time of year you decide your family is ready for one – is a commitment of at least 10-15 years. It should not be an impulse decision or purchase. There are many factors to consider when adopting a pet. And yes, I said, adopt. We at Animal Rescue Superhighway stand firmly behind the idea of “don’t shop, adopt” and will never tell anyone to buy a puppy or kitten from a pet store or breeder.

On to why pets are a bad idea at Christmas time. Besides the obvious reason of choosing a pet that’s right for your family and lifestyle after researching what is available, the holidays are a very hectic time of year. With the constant cooking, baking, shopping, gift wrapping and parties, bringing a new animal into this chaos is not going to be good for any of you involved. If your home is like most at the holidays, you have a revolving front door as guests and well-wishers make their holiday rounds. This can be confusing to a new pet as they can become confused about who lives in the house and who doesn’t.

Still not convinced? Keep reading. A new puppy or kitten needs a calm environment in the beginning, particularly when leaving the chaos of a shelter. With the constant holiday traffic in and out of your home, it’s no wonder your new puppy will constantly be tinkling all over your home. Your pet needs to be secure in your home, with those who live in the home full time, before introducing them to a large group of strangers.

Strangers aside, there are still a few other things that can be dangerous for a new pet. Piles of crumpled wrapping paper and ribbons are prime “chew toys”, sweet treats that can be fatal and even alcohol all pose serious threats to your new puppy or kitten – and all things that need to be considered. What about your holiday travel plans – have you considered those? It’s a strain for a new pet to become accustomed to their surroundings in a “normal” state – it’s hardly fair to bring them to your new home for a day or two, only to further stress them by putting them in a boarding facility.

It’s understandable that you want to make a special memory for your family at the holidays – ’tis the season. But the last thing you want to do is cause your new pet to end up back in the shelter or worse. Don’t make an impulsive decision. If you and your family feel you are ready to take on the long-term responsibility of a pet, wait until after the holidays, when things are calmer and you, your family and your new pet can truly enjoy each other.

Are Your Children Ready To Help the Strays of Straytown?

28 10 2010

For those of you who read this blog regularly, you know our main “diet” of posts is geared toward helping to educate our readers on animal rescue and helping nonprofits to extend their reach into their community. We don’t normally do “product reviews.” Well, this post is a little different. I want to take just a few minutes of your time and introduce you to a product that I stumbled upon while putting together our children’s humane education program: Koala’s Kids Klub.

There are many unique humane education programs circulating the animal rescue community. However, there is one that stands out and that is the Fur-Ever Home, The Animal Rescue Game. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about a board game. Children love to play, and when you combine playing with learning valuable information, you’ve created the perfect environment for teaching children to truly make a difference.

Fur-Ever Home, The Animal Rescue Game is produced by Petsapalooza and offers a unique look into the animal rescue world. Children eight and up can play with three of their friends to help Spaghetti, Meatball and their friends of Straytown who are lost. Children will learn how a rescue operates – from the intake of animals to the struggles of keeping the lights on to what to do when the shelter is full.

If you are looking for a way to connect with your children and teach them about an important aspect of animal rescue, this game is for you. Combine teaching a love and understanding of animals to your children with quality family time and it’s a win-win situation for all.