Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for supplies for our Humane Education Program. Supplies that were purchased were art supplies, books, and training leashes.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant was for Little Shelter's Humane Education Program. The grant helped Little Shelter by enabling us to expand our Humane Education Program and include additional children. Little Shelter's Humane Education Program is designed to give children the skills and knowledge necessary to properly care for animals and help to instill a lifelong sense of compassion and respect for all living things.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant was for humane education.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This grant was geared toward helping children through humane education. Through this program, Little Shelter visits BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) and works with disabled children from ages 13-21. Jonathon is a 13-year-old boy who is part of Little Shelter's Humane Education Program. When Little Shelter started the program, his head was down on the desk. He refused to look up. He told the handlers he was "not a good person." The Little Shelter handler started working with him and decided he should be a "mentor" to the other children. She taught him how to walk the dog, commands and how to be gentle and kind to the dog.

Jonathon began teaching a hand signal to Charlotte, the Little Shelter dog that works in the program. Charlotte would respond with a wag and would go and greet Jonathon. This gave him the confidence he desperately needed. Jonathon learned that he was a good person. The transformation in Jonathon through this program was amazing. We are so thankful to the Petfinder Foundation for providing us with the funds to provide and continue this vital program. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide photos since the school is not allowed to release photos of their students.

Pictured: Charlotte and Daphne, two reading-program representatives from Little Shelter, accepted donations from the Burr Intermediate School-Commack Student Council. The entire school participated in a huge drive for us. How awesome are they!?