Family Programs

Kids Who Care

Are you looking for a way for your family to get involved in our community of caring? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you! 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.

Who: Families with children between the ages of 2–10. Please note that we require one adult participant per every 2 children in your group.

When: The first Saturday of every month from 10-11:30 a.m.

Where: The Anti-Cruelty Society, 169 West Grand Avenue

Cost: The cost of registration is $20 for each child in your group.

To sign up for an upcoming Kids Who Care program in May or July, please fill out our online registration form.

What are the benefits of the Kids Who Care program?

  • Introduces children to basic pet care
  • Offers children the chance to meet an adoptable pet
  • Teaches safety around animals
  • Encourages feelings of empathy
  • Creates a sense of pride in giving back to the community
  • Paves the way for a lifelong ethic of service

What will we be doing during the Kids Who Care event?

  • A member of our Community Programs team will kick off your visit with a short presentation about the organization, along with basic animal safety information, which will include meeting our official “safe dog” puppet.
  • Following the presentation, families will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of mini volunteer activities, which may include:
    • Reading as a family to an adoptable cat in our cage-less kitty room, Charlotte’s Cat Corner
    • Preparing a snack to feed to one of our small animals, like a rabbit or guinea pig
    • Making a toy for a shelter cat or dog
    • Decorating an “Adoption Ambassador” flier to post in the community
  • At the end of the event, children will have the opportunity to reflect on their experience by:
    • Drawing their favorite part of the morning to post in our Kids Who Care gallery
    • Completing our Kids Who Care pledge
    • Receiving a Kids Who Care sticker
    • Receiving a magnet that lists (a few) “More Ways to Raise Kids Who Care” (have a lemonade stand and donate money to shelter, participate in EAC bake sale, have a donation drive at a playgroup/church/daycare)

Frequently asked questions:

  • My child is allergic to cats but still wants to take part. Is that possible?
    All of the activities in the Kids Who Care program can be tailored for each family depending on age, allergies, experience and comfort level. Simply email our staff coordinator after registering for an event so that we can have alternate activities available for you during your visit.
  • My child has peanut allergies. Are you a peanut-free facility?
    Though we do not use peanut butter in this particular program, the Anti-Cruelty Society is not a peanut-free facility as we utilize peanut butter throughout the building as an enrichment item for dogs in our care. Thus, participation of children with peanut allergies is at parental discretion.
  • How many children can you accommodate per family?
    We ask that there is an adult attendee available per child in your group to make the most of your experience. Contact our Community Programs Coordinator at education@anticruelty.org if you need to make a special accommodation.
  • My children’s aunt and babysitter are interested in attending in my place.
    Do you allow for people other than parents or guardians to attend?
    We welcome other adults to accompany your child to a Kids Who Care event, but require that a special waiver be completed first. To make special arrangements, please contact our Community Programs team directly at education@anticruelty.org.

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