Public education is a vital link to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center's goal of providing safe, healthy environments for all Quad City area's pets. It is only through education and awareness that the staggering numbers of unwanted and abused animals can be reduced.In addition to our "in-house" activities, our shelter is eager to provide speakers to appear at schools and a wide variety of area functions to discuss shelter operations, pet ownership, safety, and advancing in the no-kill movement. Presentations can be geared toward adults and/or children of any age and offer youth an inlet to community involvement and civic responsibility. This is an excellent opportunity to get our children passionate about making a positive impact that they can understand. For more information on scheduling tours or speakers, or coordinating volunteer efforts, please contact Stacey Teager at (309) 787-6830 x12.
Get involved and make a difference!Millions of animals are killed every year in our shelters because someone did not value the friendship and love their pet gave them. Adopting a pet is a big responsibility. Your family needs to have time, money, and a proper environment. There are many ways that young people can make a difference in the lives of animals.
Help in the Classroom
- Prepare a report or speech in your class about the pet overpopulation problem or responsible pet care.
- Ask your teacher if you can do a letter writing project. Talk to people at your local animal shelter to find out why animals are being turned in to the shelter. Write letters to your local and state government officials and the newspapers. Make a bulletin board and display the responses so other students can see them.
- Create a program for your school about responsible pet care. Ask your principal if you can do it for an assembly.
- Volunteer to help younger students with their reading and read a story about people helping animals.
Helping the Community
- Do you know an elderly person or someone who is sick who has a pet? You could volunteer to help walk or bathe the dog or change the kitty litter. Sometimes your friendship can make a difference in whether or not a pet is taken to a shelter because someone could not take care of him or her.
- Call your local shelter. Ask what you can do to help. Offer to collect blankets or you could keep a board with pictures of adoptable animals at your school.
- Animal groups always need money - you could hold a bake sale, collect money from recycling aluminum cans, or hold a yard sale. The money could be given to sponsor spay/neuter operations.
- Make posters for the neighborhood about taking care of animals, spaying and neutering, adopting older animals, thinking before you adopt, or about everything that is involved in taking care of a pet. You can put these up in stores, veterinarians' offices, or community bulletin boards.
- Report animal cruelty and neglect as well as injured or stray animals. You may prevent suffering and even save a life.
- Instruct younger children how to care for animals properly and how to treat them with kindness and respect. Set an example by doing the same.
We love our pets. That is why we have them, right?
Benefits of owning a pet
- Pets keep their owners healthy and active.
- Pet owners tend to have lower cholesterol.
- Pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure than non-pet owners.
- Pet owners have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Having a pet in your home can reduce stress.
- A pet in your home can enhance your self-esteem and social interaction.
- Children exposed to household pets during infancy run a lower risk of having allergies.
- Senior citizens are less likely to become depressed if they have a pet.
- Pet interaction can have a calming influence on a person's mental state.