Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program introduces children and
teens to basic animal care and informs them about existing issues in
welfare. This school year, we are very excited to be partnering with Humane
Education Advocates Reaching Teachers’ (HEART) to enhance the program
and offer exciting new activities and topics, ranging from farm animals to wildlife.
Caring Kids nourishes the bond between humans and animals
and encourages young people to become animal advocates in their
The program meets every Friday from 4:00pm-5:00pm. It is mainly geared towards the 5-13 age range, but any participant between the ages of 4 and 18 is welcome.
Upcoming Session Topics:
Friday April 26: In honor of Earth Day (which was Monday) we will be learning about the importance of reducing our waste to protect the planet and wildlife animals. Then Caring Kids attendees will decorate eco-friendly, organic canvas bags with messages about protecting the planet and animals and they will get to keep the bags! We will have stencils and fabric markers for decorating. Of course at the end participants will get to meet a animal from Animal Haven who is looking for his/her forever home.
In December HEART instructors and Animal Haven staff put together an
exciting Winter Wonderland party for kids of all ages as a part of the
weekly Caring Kids program.
Fifteen boys and girls came to learn about animals who live in cold
areas like polar bears and harp seals, and how to keep our dogs and cats
protected in the winter
Kids also took part in a bunch of fun activities to learn more about protecting people, animals and the environment:
Woof! Meow! It’s too cold out: Kids watched a video
about the way one animal shelter is working to help protect dogs from
freezing in the winter by bringing dog houses and straw to people who
keep their dogs outside and encouraging people to bring their dogs
indoors. They also learned about making winter shelters for feral cats
and to be aware of the fact that feral cats sometimes climb into car
engines in the winter to stay warm.
The Ice is Melting: Kids read a story about climate
change, polar bears, and harp seals. Then they traced and cut out either
a paper polar bear or harp seal and wrote one thing they can do to
reduce their carbon footprint on their animal cut out. Then they posted
their animals onto our Protecting Animals from Climate Change Pledge
Every Family Counts!: Instructors read the story, And
Tango Makes Three (a true story about two male penguins who raise a baby
penguin together) and then talked with the kids about how there are all
different types of families and what is important about a family. Kids
then filled out their own winter family trees including their companion
Homemade Snow Globes: Using reused jars, second-hand
bear figurines and glitter, kids made homemade snow globes. Instructors
talked to the kids about the importance of using reused materials to
protect the planet by reducing consumption and saving our precious
To further emphasize the importance of reusable materials, HEART
instructors Kim and Chris decorated the room with items from the thrift
store. When some kids asked why the decorations came from a thrift
store, one girl explained, “Because if they were previously used you are
reusing those decorations instead of using new decorations that use new
resources to be made.”
Then, of course, no trip to the animal shelter is complete without
meeting a wonderful dog who is up for adoption. This pup certainly got a
lot of love from these caring kids.
A big thank you to volunteers Gail Frydkowski, Christina Gdsis, Roland
Regos, and Lousie Enten for helping make the event a success! We know
that the kids learned a lot and had a ton of fun.
We were very excited when Luca from Bruised not Broken paid the Caring Kids a visit. Luca, the posterdog for the BNB, is an incredible "Pittie Ambassador" and a certified therapy dog! Since he is deaf, the children learned how to "speak" to him with hand signals.
Author Andi Green visited last week's Caring Kids program to read her new book "Don't Feed the Worry Bug," and sign copies for each child.
Our Puppy Nursery Gets Decorated!
Animal Haven Introduces Birthday Parties
Animal Haven has recently begun hosting birthday parties for kids and teens! If you are interested in planning your child's next birthday at the shelter, please Contact Us for more information.
Kids Ran the Show at the Shelter
It was an exciting day when our Caring Kids program teamed up with Lucky Puppy
for a special adoption event. Children from ages 4-17 took on the roles
of Animal Haven staff to run the shelter and help animals get adopted.
They were able to put into practice many of the lessons and exercises
they learn each week, such as pairing potential adopters with the right
pet for them. The event was a great success and several animals found
their forever homes as a result!
7-year-old Bridget took on the role of Vet Tech for the day
During a recent Caring Kids shelter visit, several representatives from Angels on a Leash
came to speak to the children about therapy dogs and the incredible effect they have on
those in need of healing.
Check out photos from our first Caring Kids Agility Class! Animal Haven’s trainer, Katrina Krings taught participants the basics of
canine agility and gave them the opportunity to work with several of the dogs
at the shelter. In under an hour, they had the dogs jumping through hoops and
running through tunnels! The dogs got an afternoon of exciting mental and
physical stimulation while the children felt a great sense of accomplishment.
The experience was incredibly rewarding for all involved!
Meet our 2010 Summer
Animal Haven's Internship program is sponsored by
Kinder World Foundation and managed by our
Lead Kennel and Cattery
Attendant, Mantat Wong.
My name is Ayesha. I currently attend Louis D. Brandeis High
am planning to apply for Georgia Southern University where I'd like to
double major in Veterinary Medicine and Nature Photography. I'd also
like to join an Orchestra Club in which I could continue to play the
violin. At Animal
Haven I am mostly excited to work with the animals and to gain as much
experience as I can. Furthermore, I cant wait to get started and
possibly help promote the shelter so they can get more adoptions .
I am looking forward to this summer. I would 100% recommend this
internship to any student.
Hi, my name is Dejanique and I am a student at Louis D. Brandeis High
School. Graduating next year, I want to study Biology in college in order to
become a Veterinarian. Spending my summer at Animal Haven will
definitely be fun.
Hi, everyone! My name's Iris, and I will be entering my senior year at Stuyvesant High School this September. I've always loved animals, so
I'm hoping to study Animal Sciences or Biology in college.
I found out about Animal Haven a few years ago, and have been looking
forward to working or volunteering here since. I can't wait to start,
and I'm sure this summer will be a blast!
Hello,my name is Nora. I just graduated from School of the Future High School and in the fall
I am planing to attend BMCC. At BMCC I will be majoring in Early
Childhood Education and minoring in Biology. I really look forward to
spending this Summer helping out at Animal Haven I am very lucky to be
given the opportunity to find both dogs and cats new and forever homes.
Kids Learn the Importance of Caring for All Animals, big AND small
The Caring Kids Program is proud to introduce our newest furry friends who we adopted from a veterinary school that needed to find placement for them by the end of the semester. The children are learning to care for the pet rabbit and rats and realizing that regardless of size, shape and reputation, all animals deserve the same level of respect and care.
"Rue", "Bea", and "Betty"
In honor of Be Kind to Animals Week, an instructor from H.E.A.R.T, a well-known humane education organization,
came to speak at our most recent Caring Kids shelter visit. Through
hands-on activities, he taught participants about pet overpopulation,
puppy mills, and the responsibilities of becoming a pet owner.
Students participating in the 92ndStreet Y's Teensgiving Programspent a Sunday afternoon volunteering at the shelter and learning about how we care for the animals.They were a huge help and we were thrilled to have them there!
Caring Kids Program featured in NY Daily News!
On March 16th, 6-7 kids and teens attended our weekly Caring Kids shelter visit.
They had a great afternoon helping us make an adoption video for Baby
Grand, giving Lovebug a bath, and socializing with some of Snow White's
Around 20 high-school students from buildOn spent
an afternoon at the shelter socializing with the animals and cleaning the facility. buildOn is a non-profit organization that empowers primarily urban
U.S. high school students through in-class and intensive after-school
4-year-old John visits the shelter with his
mother to learn about the animals and how important it is for us to
help take care of them. John met all of our adoptable cats, helped
staff take photos of new dogs, and even appeared in Jazzy's adoption
Students from The Kent Place School volunteered at our first Caring Kids Mobile Adoption Event,
which took place outside of Whole Foods in Millburn, NJ. Thanks to the
donated time and efforts of the students, the event resulted in several