Save Shelter Animals With School Service Program

Target: Cathy Kipp, President of Poudre School District Board of Education

Goal: Require all kids to serve one year of community service at an animal shelter.

Both shelter animals and kids would benefit from a community service program that paired kids with local animal shelters for one year. This would encourage kids to invest in their community and it would also foster a sense of empathy for animals.

Animal shelters are often understaffed and underfunded. Many locals will volunteer at animal shelters in order to help animals find homes. Some animal shelters do offer volunteer programs, but there are many others that don’t. Creating a community service project aimed at animal shelters would help workers be able to save more animals and would encourage more people to get involved in their communities.

Volunteering is a great way to invest in a community and teach valuable skills to people. Children benefit from community service projects that teach them to give of themselves. These projects teach children valuable skills like teamwork. Community service shouldn’t be seen as just a form of punishment, it should also be seen as a valuable service and a worthwhile investment. Requiring all kids grades 6-12 to commit to one year of community service at an animal shelter would help animal shelters support more animals, increase adoption rates, strengthen communities and would be giving these kids skills that they would use all their life.

Shelter animals would also be socialized and be more likely to be adopted if they had more time around people. Please sign this petition to urge the Poudre School District to require students to participate in a one-year community service project.


Dear Ms. Kipp,

It’s important to teach children valuable skills both inside and outside of the classroom. Getting children involved in their communities is beneficial to both kids and the community. Many people associate community service with a form of punishment. While it may be a common way to punish unwanted behavior, community service can also be valuable on its own. Children grades 6-12 should participate in a one-year community service project with animal shelters.

Volunteering at an animal shelter would teach children the importance of caring for another living being. It would give them a sense of community and a sense of teamwork as they strive to find homes for all the shelter animals. Learning empathy is important if future generations are going to coexist and create peace rather than war. This community service would go beyond the communities and even beyond the United States. Participating in a community service project would prepare children to become global leaders and stewards of this planet. It would also help thousands of animals find homes. Shelter animals thrive more when they have consistent human interaction while they’re waiting to be adopted.

I urge you to create an animal shelter community service project for students.


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  2. Simon Rimmer says:

    Maybe this would teach humans NOT to be cruel to animals, teach them compassion. Something needs to be done about animal cruelty and abuse, it must be stopped at any cost.

  3. A great idea!
    Teaching children about Care and compassion is a must !

  4. To Susan Montgomery: it would be NICE if you told us WHERE “Poudre” is! Is it even in the U.S.? No clue.

  5. This has got to be the best idea for a long time. I have seen this happen in a school in the middle east and it was a great success. It teaches that animals have needs too, and that kindness is the way.There is not enough thoughtfulness and love in the world and by introducing children to love and care for animals it will result in a more compassionate outlook in their lives.

  6. Jeanne West says:

    That is a wonderful idea, alot of humans need to understand how animals feel and their needs. And what animals can do for us.

  7. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Some of the local schools in Australia, do just this on part of the school skills education. This educates the children to understand the empathy, compassion, spaying and neutering, puppy/kitten mills, to back yard breeding and dumping of unwanted animals/pets, and the importance of microchipping to finding of lost pets and owners.
    It has so many benefits that the list is too long to cover.
    Please consider this in every area to help support all the Shelters around the world. A win win for people and animals!

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