Volunteering at Shelters and working for Animal Rescue groups is great… for the “now” problem.
However, for long term change, we also need to focus on the NEXT generation.
If your Rescue or Shelter doesn’t have an educational component to it, your group is missing a great opportunity.
According to the ASPCA, 3 to 4 million pets are euthanized in the USA every year. This is something that needs to end. The way to stop this is to build up a culture that looks FIRST at shelters and rescue groups, when getting a new pet. The best way to do this is by teaching kids about the importance of pet adoption.
Our first children’s picture book focuses on animal shelter dogs. We wanted to publish a book to capture kids attention, entertain them, and share a powerful message of pet adoption at the same time.
Book Info Here: http://www.rescuedismyfavoritebreed.org/RescuedDogBook.htm
The goal of the “Animal Shelter Dog Book” to increase awareness of the homeless pet problem. Daycare centers, preschools, kindergartens, elementary schools, pediatricians offices, and veterinarian offices are just some of the places we hope to see our book.
This book has two basic themes. 1. Dogs are part of your family (not just pets). 2. Shelter dogs are just like other dogs, they just need a home.
We capture kids attention with bright, colorful, cartoon characters. At the same time, our focus is to educate as well as “opening the door” to further discussions.
Companies selling breakfast cereal and fast food know just how much a family’s decisions can be influenced by young children. We want to use the same concept, but in a much more positive direction.
We hope that this book will both educate and influence kids. Maybe if more children are aware of the great dogs available in animal shelters, more families will make shelters their FIRST CHOICE when adding a dog to their family.
We can hope… we can pray… and we can also try to get this important message to as many kids as possible.
Together, we CAN make a difference… one shelter dog at a time.