The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a variety of ways in which teenagers and children can become involved in our community of caring. Whether it’s by helping on-site, collecting donations for animals in our care, or taking part in one of our educational programs, we offer a number of ways for youth and kids to get involved.

Opportunities for Kids: 

Kids Who Care: The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Kids Who Care program offers families an opportunity to engage in our work while providing valuable education to kids and adults alike. During an on-site Kids Who Care event families learn more about proper animal care, make a toy for an adoptable dog, read a book to a resident cat, prepare snacks for one of our small mammals, and decorate an adoption poster for an available pet. If you have a child between the ages of 2-10 this is a great way to make a direct impact in a shelter animal’s life.

Youth Who Care: A 4 week long animal advocacy and volunteer program for youth ages 10 – 13 years old. This exciting opportunity will be hosted at The Anti-Cruelty Society and during the course of the program participants will learn about a variety of topics including animal behavior, training, care and other animal welfare issues. Students will be able to earn a total of 8 service learning hours during the course of the program.

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DIY DonationsThe Anti-Cruelty Society offers a variety of ways children can help their animals from home with our DIY Donations series! Using basic craft supplies and eco-friendly materials, people of all ages can make toys and enrichment items for our cats and dogs.


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