Kids for Animals

May 15, 2017

The unconditional love one experiences from dogs instills joy, fun, silliness, and healing. Even the conditional love from cats can be a salve for the soul. Having pets in our life growing up (two dogs, three cats) taught us patience, consideration, compassion (thunder storm freak outs!), and what it means to be responsible for something that’s depending on you, a life that’s in your hands. Animals are so easily abused, neglected, and abandoned; having the “job” of taking care of an animal enriches our lives in innumerable ways.

The Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA has launched it’s Just for Kids program “Kids for Animals.” This is for children and teenagers 18 years old and under to experience the gamut of animal care. Programs include “Be a Responsible Pet Guardian,” “Cats 101,” and “Dog Training Basics.” Other programs teach about reptiles, birds, and how kids can help shelter animals.

PHS has created the “Kids for Animals Handbook,” which may be downloaded for free and provides ideas of how to help animals: organize a donation drive, make toys for shelter animals, or complete a service project. Projects could be an organized car wash, dance marathon, or movie night where the proceeds benefit PHS or are used to purchase items from PHS’s wish list. With the help of PHS staff, kids can organize a pet adoption event with the Wiggle Waggle Wagon or offer to do chores—lawn mowing, babysitting, dog walking—in exchange for donations to PHS.

PHS has Sunday Morning Helpers where kids join part the cleaning crew, and also make cat, dog, or rabbit toys or beds for the shelter animals. Kids ages 6-14 must be accompanied by an adult, while those 15 and older may volunteer on their own. Sign up for Sunday Morning Helpers here.


May 25, 2015: Our rescue kitten Finn in his new home, napping—just plumb wore out! He’d been found in some rosemary bushes along with two siblings, was rescued by the homeowner, and then put up for adoption. Out of the 3 kitties, our daughter chose this little guy.


The “Kids for Animals Handbook” explains that volunteers are needed to work at PHS’s mobile vaccine clinics for set up and tear down, handing out information, making ID tags, and making favors for give-away bags. Instructions are provided for making toys for shelter pets, such as white socks filled with stuffing and catnip, and Kids for Animals members can schedule a tour of the facility for yourself or a group, and all volunteer hours can go towards credit for a school’s community service requirements. For older children, volunteering at PHS could include working in the offices and assisting with fundraising and outreach events.

The Kids for Animals Pledge
I pledge to:
—Work hard and give time to animals at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
—Be respectful and kind to all animals
—Complete at least one service project a year
—Share my experiences about PHS with others

Other opportunities for children:

Animal Adventures: Monthly programs to learn about animals, 1-2:30 p.m.; $20 per session.
Critter Camp: Five week-long sessions during the summer for kids 9-12. This is a hands on program with group dog walks, cat playtime, bunny runs, scavenger hunts, and craft activities. Beginning July 10. Last week-long session begins August 7. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $250.

To learn more, visit Pasadena Humane Society Just for Kids.


Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91105. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Ph: 1.626.792.7151.


Photo, top right: Our Hometown Pasadena consultant in May 2015 with our rescue kitten: Professor Finneus James Lupin. Below is Finn in November 2016…



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