Kids

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a variety of ways in which children and tweens 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 to learn more about animals while actively helping those in our care.


Reading Buddy Program

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s new Reading Buddy program invites animal lovers to put their compassion to action. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to sit with one of our designated Reading Buddy pets and read to them from their favorite book. Take part in this drop-in volunteer project and you’ll be keeping adoptable pets company while helping them to relax in this busy environment. Supporters looking to complete community service hours are encouraged to participate. Learn more here.


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

An 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 service learning hours during the course of the program.


DIY Donations

The 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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