The Gastineau Humane Society greatly appreciates all of those who wish to help out our animals and staff. Sometimes children want to help, but aren't old enough to volunteer on site. However, there are great ways for younger children to support our shelter, our animals, and animals throughout the community. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Collect metal recyclables and deposit them in our green recycling collection crate on the south end of the shelter building. Skookum Recycling picks up the recyclables and GHS receives a monetary donation for them in exchange.
- Kids with birthdays coming up can ask for items from the GHS Wishlist and then donate the items to the animals at the shelter. A parent or guardian can call ahead to find out what the shelter's most current needs are.
- Collect new or gently used tennis balls or other sports balls that can be used to play fetch with our dogs.
- Make washable, braided cat toys out of strips of fleece or other non-fraying fabric. More specific instructions can be given by GHS staff if needed.
- Make chew toys for our small animals by saving toilet paper and paper towel rolls, and stuffing them with Timothy hay.
- Save your allowance (or ask your parents) to buy a yearly subscription to KIND News for your classroom, so you and your peers can learn more about animals and the environment.
- Create a poster with a friendly message such as "When looking for a new pet, don't shop, ADOPT!". You can ask to put the poster up at your school, place of worship, or other community and public spaces.
- Learn more about animals and shelters by visiting some wonderful websites with kid-friendly sections such as humanesociety.org or americanhumane.org.
- Be a model of kindness and respect towards animals, people, and the environment, and involve others so they might follow your lead.