Educating people about responsible care of companion animals is one thing we’re big on around here at Rumpydog.
So when our “anonymous friend” told us about how so many of the families she works with have pets that aren’t spayed or neutered, we put our thinking caps on. How can we spread that message?
The first thing we did is contact Olivia Melikhow at the ASPCA to ask about children’s books that are available.
And not only did she tell us about books the ASPCA has for sale, she sent a few for our friend to share.
Now our friend has a copy in her office, and she left the other copies in other places where children she works with have to wait (doctor’s office, interviewers, etc.).
We would like to do more to educate young people about responsible animal care. And we think we’re on to something by targeting children who may have been abused or neglected.
We all know that there is a direct correlation between abuse of vulnerable humans and abuse of animals. We also know that the best way to prevent animal over-population tomorrow is to educate the children of today.
Jen has talked with Bernadette Kazmarski about working together on a book for young people. The idea is to write a book that talks to kids on their level about pets, and making it available where children will read it.
It would take a great deal of work. The writing is easy, and Bernadette is a fantastic illustrator. But fundraising to print the book and then getting it out there is a challenge.
That’s where you come in. We need your ideas on how to make this happen.
Jen has NO experience in this area. But she does have a strong desire to educate children. So please help us by sharing your thoughts on what we can do to move this project forward!