Kids and Family

A Community of Caring

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, hosting a donation drive, 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.

Opportunities for Involvement


Reading Buddies

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s offers a drop-in Reading Buddies program for visitors of all ages who are encouraged to sit with one of our designated Reading Buddy pets and read to them from their favorite book. This volunteer project helps keep adoptable pets relax in the busy shelter environment.

Reading Buddies Details



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! Whether making a toy for a dog, reading a book to a cat, or preparing snacks for one of our small mammals, your family will have the chance to make a direct impact on the life of a shelter pet.

Kids Who Care Details



Youth Who Care

During the Youth Who Care program participants ages 10-13 years old will learn about a variety of topics including animal behavior, training, care, and other animal welfare issues. Tweens will also have the opportunity to learn about shelter operations while meeting some of the amazing animals in our care. Activities may include in-kennel clicker training, small mammal care, operations support, media creation and more!

Youth Who Care Details



DIY Donations

All pets need behavioral enrichment items  to keep them busy, happy, and stimulated while they live in a shelter environment. For this reason, we have created a number of Do-It-Yourself crafting tutorials to give animal lovers throughout the community a way to pitch in, help out, and give back.

DIY Donations Details