The kids had a number of great ideas for
their humane project, but the majority were interested in helping stray animals. One
way of doing that is to identify an animal shelter and hold a community pet supply drive
to benefit that shelter. The kids were asked to select one of three animal shelters.
They voted unanimously, however, to "adopt" all three Bobbi & the Strays
of Ozone Park, the Brooklyn
Animal Resources Coalition (B.A.R.C.) and the Brooklyn
Center for Animal Care and Control (C.A.C.C.). These shelters save
many homeless animals each year and really need our help. Representatives of each
shelter will attend a future meeting to talk to the kids about the work they do and why
their help is needed and appreciated.
The drive will kick-off in early March. Collection boxes
for items and cans for money donations will be set up in a number of locations in
Gerritsen Beach. The kids will also be asking their teachers to participate in the
project. In addition, they will speak to family, friends, neighbors and classmates
about donating to the drive. They will be provided with flyers to distribute to
people they know.
Items needed by the shelters include used clean blankets and
towels, new dog and cat toys, food and water bowls, leashes, collars, harnesses, grooming
supplies, cat litter, dog and cat beds (can be used, but must be clean), scratching posts,
puppy and kitten formula, animal nursing bottles, heating pads and lamps, dog coats and
sweaters, dog and cat treats, dog and cat food, kennels and carriers. Money
donations are also needed. Checks can be made payable to any of the three shelters
and are tax-deductible. In addition, paper pets will be available for
"adoption" at Caroles School of Dance on Gerritsen Avenue. Those who
donate $1.00 will have their name put on a paper pet which will be displayed at the dance
After discussing the pet supply drive and making some
decorations for the collection boxes, the kids were treated to a visit by dog trainer
Howard Pierce and Trixie a Boxer/Ridgeback who was adopted last year from the
C.A.C.C. Trixie showed off all she has learned while Mr. Pierce answered training
questions from the kids and parents. When the talk was over, Trixie gladly consented
to hugs and pictures.
All of the kids took home envelopes filled with humane
The next meeting will be on March 10th at l:00 P.M. at
the Gerritsen Beach Library. The kids will continue to work on their pet drive
project. In addition, Wildlife Rehabilitator Eileen Jones, will visit with
some interesting animals.
Its not too late to join. We hope to see you then.