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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Learning to Make a Difference


Mom and I were really uncertain about what we planned to write about today for the quarterly Blog the Change for Animals. We have lots of causes we believe in but we have written about them before. But today we saw an article about a really neat Summer Camp opportunity for kids at a Rescue in Washington State called Kitsap. We just happened to see about it on Twitter when it was retweeted by our friends at @WineCountryDog.


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Mom and I think this is an incredible idea and we hope more rescue organizations are doing programs like this. They could very well be doing them and we just don't know. Why do we think this is important? Because this planet's future depends on us teaching the youth about what is important. -- learning to give back, the value of service, helping the less fortunate. Most of the ills of society are based on selfishness and greed pure and simple.



And to bring us back to the topic at hand, mom and me particularly feel that educating young people about the plight of homeless pets, what it takes to care for them, how valuable they are to teach us about love and humanity, the importance of spay, neuter and trap and release programs, and why adoption is so critical is priceless. That's why we think Be The Change for Animals is so important.

A Kitsap Camp Volunteer from the Kitsap Blog

Thanks primarily to social media, we are finding that we all CAN make a significant difference. World governments have changed and even in this country people have made a real difference by standing up AGAINST big business and FOR issues that need to be discussed. This means that the call to action on our part is more significant than ever and we can no longer sit back and think we can't make a difference.

On this day that has been set aside to write and discuss issues that are critical to supporting animals in our society, let's remember we CAN make a difference now more than ever.

"I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was angry. "God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?" God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly. I have done something," He replied. "I created you." 
                               ~The Animals' Savior Copyright Jim Willis 1999





21 comments:

Jen K said...

It really does start with the kids.

I have a friend who teaches elementary school, and each month they'd have an interactive real-life set up. She used to do a pet store thing until she thought about it - now each class gets taught about adoptable pets in a shelter environment instead!

Madison D said...

You're right. We have to teach our kids to be better people than we are. I don't think it's ever too soon to learn how to care for other living things.

Peggy Frezon said...

Excellent point. When I was young I loved animals and loved to look at the dogs in the pet shop, never understanding anything about puppy mills, and never understanding about homeless pets. Programs like this are a wonderful idea!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

YEP... Teach the KIDS and it will GROW from THERE.

Cathy Keisha said...

This was a great post Yoda and Nancy. In NYC there is a shelter program who's funds were cut off that taught kids how to care for their pets. Luckily, another organization now funds the program. It's sad that it seems that less and less people are Blogging the Change every quarter when there are so many issues affecting animals.

Mariodacat said...

Excellent post pal. l

Deborah Taylor-French said...

Love it. Yes, education of children will make a difference. They often pass what they learn to parents, etc. Be the Change.

Vicki Stringfellow Cook said...

Great post Yoda & Nancy! Teaching kids early about adoption and spay/neuter is so important to reducing the homeless animal population. It has been also been shown that children who interact with animals develop empathy, which is so important in their interaction with their peers. Great choice!

Vicki Cook
Bunny's Blog and BtC4Animals

Kim said...

Combining kids and animals can only lead to a better future - and we are grateful you are out there on the frontlines, ensuring positive change for animals!

Keep writing,
Kim Thomas
CindyLu's Muse
BtC4Animals

Kim Clune said...

I love forward-thinking ideas like this. Animals help children learn about compassion and humans teach children how to help animals. We must. Our future depends upon it!

Thanks for Blogging the Change!
Kim Clune
BTC4animals.com
ThisOneWIldLife.com

Two French Bulldogs said...

Kudos to all those rescues
Benny & Lily

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

You is so rite, Yoda, we has to teach the childruns now wot be impawtant coz they be in charge sumday and has to make good decishuns. I woz at a summer camp in Noo York once wot is a border collie rescue and they has a camp fur inner city childruns, too (not the same camp I woz at even tho I used to be an inner city dog) and the childlruns get to BORROW a border collie from the rescue to be with at camp. How kewl is that fur both the childruns and the dogs?

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Furgot to tell you, your header pikshure do be most pawsome. You be looking so athletic.

Leslie said...

Absolutely spot on. There is nothing more important to our future than how we educate and what we teach our children. What a great idea. And what a great post.

Prudence said...

Terrific post Yoda. The more younger people become involved and educated, the better off our future will be! Barroooo buddy!

Pup Fan said...

What a great idea! The rescue group I volunteer with has a humane education and outreach program as well - such a great way to look towards the future and educate the consumers/pet parents of tomorrow. :)

Donna and the Dogs said...

Great post about what sounds like an awesome camp. And it is so true - preventing animal cruelty and teaching humane values all starts with the children.

Flynnah said...

This would be a great idea!

Stop by for a visit.

Flynnah & Roxy xx
destructivepuppy.blogspot.com.au

Celia said...

We gotta keep spreading the spay/neuter message. That's the key to controlling the pet population! The numbers are promising for dogs, but cats are still not being controlled the way they should. Spay..neuter..spay..neuter. That's the mantra :)

Fisher and Staff said...

This is a wonderful idea and sharing it is great!

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