Paw Works Child Pet Ambassadors Spread the Word

At Paw Works, we’re hoping that a powerful community of kids will eventually put us out of business, and we’re investing time and energy to help that happen.

“We believe that the next generation of animal caretakers will help create humane solutions to pet overpopulation,” explains Chad Atkins, cofounder of Paw Works. “Developing and nurturing compassion toward animals at an early age brings enormous benefits to individual children and the animals they care for, and eventually will change how we treat animals…and other people.”

“Paw Works is creating an environment where kids not only learn about animal welfare, but they want to share that knowledge with others,” Chad says. “Ultimately, this philosophy could put an end to animal overpopulation.”

The Child Pet Ambassador (CPA) program is a unique educational effort that’s aimed at children between the ages of 6-14. It’s designed to shape how the next generation interacts with animals by promoting responsible pet ownership and providing positive volunteer opportunities that teach young people about animal rescue and community involvement.

CPA volunteer opportunities include helping at adoption events, offering peer education in schools, participating in local Paw Works events, and creating unique ways to engage friends and family and to spread the word about animal rescue.

Led by Kelly Taminich, an elementary school teacher in the Pleasant Valley School District, the program was piloted last year and is being expanded to a broader population. CPA activities are developed by Kelly and Paw Works founders, with input from Carrie Rasmussen, M.S., L.M.F.T., a therapist specializing in children and adolescents and a member of Paw Works’ Board of Directors. 

For more information about the Child Pet Ambassador program, email Kelly Taminich at cpa.program@pawworks.org.

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