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Caring Kids: Animal Ambassadors
Program Descriptions
Winter/Spring 2015
Animal Haven and HEART are proud to announce our Caring Kids: Animal Ambassadors Program for Spring 2015. Please note, this program is for 5 - 8 year olds who are interested in an educational based program about animals that includes hands-on service projects.

We are conducting four unique programs from January through June. Each program will have a specific theme and takes place on three consecutive Fridays at Animal Haven from 4:00 - 5:15 pm.  Please review each program description below for more details.
Each attendee must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is permissible for one adult to be responsible for more than one child. 
Cost per program for each child: $30
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs. old
Attendees must register for the program in advance to participate.

Winter/Spring 2015 Schedule

 Session 1: January 23, January 30, and February 6 – Dog and Cat Caregivers  - * SOLD OUT *
Description: Youth will have a tour of Animal Haven on the first day to get an in-depth look at the shelter, meet some of the residents, and learn some basic humane dog training techniques. On the second day, our friends from  Pillows for Paws will visit to teach participants how to make homemade toys for pets and participants will get to meet a dog or cat from Animal Haven. On the last day participants will make some additional treats and toys for the animals and spend some time socializing with cats. We will also have a ceremony, where they will receive a certificate and badge, to recognize that they have become official animal ambassador caregivers

Session 2: March 6, March 13, and March 20 – Respecting the Wild! 
Description: Youth will have a tour of Animal Haven on the first day to get an in-depth look at the shelter, meet some of the residents, and complete an arts and crafts project to promote respect for wildlife. On the second day, they will learn about the lives of elephants in their natural habitat as compared to captivity and make posters about how they feel about the welfare of elephants. At the end of the day they will meet a dog or cat from Animal Haven. On the last day, they will learn about the dangers that litter can cause to wildlife and turn trash into art to teach others about protecting wildlife. Additionally, we will have a ceremony where they will receive a certificate and badge to recognize that they have become official wildlife animal ambassadors.
Session 3: April 17, April, 24, and May 1 - Farm Animal Kindness
Description: Youth will have a tour of Animal Haven on the first day to get an in-depth look at the shelter, meet some of the residents, and interview farm animals (puppets) to learn about their natural behaviors. For the second session, participants will make bookmarks, postcards, and buttons with the facts they learned about farm animals to educate others about how special cows, pigs, and chickens are. Then, they will have a chance to meet a dog or cat from Animal Haven. Lastly, for the third session, participants will make a mask of their favorite farm animal and imagine what their farm animal would say, if s/he could talk. We will take pictures of their finished work to post on facebook, giving farm animals a voice. Additionally, we will have a ceremony where they will receive a certificate and badge to recognize that they have become official farm animal ambassadors. 
Session 4: May 29, June 5, and June 12 – Forever Homes!
Description: Youth will have a tour of Animal Haven on the first day to get an in-depth look at the shelter, meet some of the residents, and learn about identifying dog and cat feelings through animal body language. On day two, participants will learn about the benefits of adopting an animal from an animal shelter or rescue group and make an animal adoption promotional video that includes footage of the children spending time with dogs and cats from Animal Haven. On the last day our friends from JASA: The Pets Project  will give a presentation about the work they do to help seniors, including coordinating with volunteers to help them with the care of their pets. Youth will make care packages for senior citizens and their animal companions to donate to JASA. We will also have a ceremony, where youth will receive a certificate and badge, to recognize that they have become official forever homes animal ambassadors.

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It doesn't get more adorable and more inspiring than the kids in our Animal Ambassadors program educating the public outside the shelter on the streets of NYC. They were teaching people about adoption and raising funds for the shelter.

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Our Caring Kids Animal Ambassadors did a whole lot to help companion animals while learning about homelessness. They tabled outside on the city street to let passersby know about the animals who are up for adoption and to raise funds, they created posters on individual animals, and made happy sock cat toys and dog treats.

Caring Kids learn about the creulty of the fur industry

CK2.jpgMeeting Marvin the therapy cat

Visting Farm Sanctuary

Giving some love to an Animal Haven shelter dog


Halloween party!

Caring Kids spent some quality with time with shelter dog Ash while he was at Animal Haven. Ash is so great with kids that he was adopted into a home with two of them!

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 Board.
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 animals.
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 resources.
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.

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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!

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Animal Haven Introduces Birthday Parties

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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!


My name is Ayesha. I currently attend Louis D. Brandeis High School and 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.

"Drew Bunnymore"

"Rue", "Bea", and "Betty"



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