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Suggested Group Craft
Make things for animals at the shelter like these dog treats from FreeKidsCrafts.com. Check with your shelter first. DIY dog toys and cat scratchers might be welcomed also.
Completing the Shelter Volunteer Patch Program® is a suggested prerequisite for earning your Pet Advocate Patch. Your volunteer experience will help provide you with the knowledge needed to advocate for the welfare of pets. You can also opt to complete the Shelter Volunteer patch requirements during the time you earn this advocate patch.
Requirement 1: Research It!
People own pets for a variety of reasons. They provide love and companionship, can help with anxiety and depression and can even help people socialize more and make more friends. But sometimes pets are not properly cared for and they need our assistance. Choose a pet issue to advocate for.
- Why are there so many homeless pets? — Helpful Link: Pet Overpopulation
- Why do people hoard pets? — Helpful Link: Animal Hoarding
- What is TNR? — Helpful Link: Trap, Neuter, Return
- What is a puppy mill? — Helpful Link: Puppy Mills
- What is breed discrimination? — Helpful Link: Ending Breed Discrimination
- Why do animals get neglected? — Helpful Link: Fighting Animal Cruelty and Neglect
- What is a service dog? — Helpful Link: What is a Service Dog?
- Is it OK to keep exotic pets? — Helpful Link: The Dangers of Keeping Exotic “Pets”, Exotic Animals as Pets
Requirement 2: Do It!
Choose a pet issue to advocate for. Some ideas:
- Get more volunteers for an animal shelter.
- Educate about proper pet care.
- Educate about the benefits of pet adoption.
- Raise money for a service dog for a disabled vet (your organization may not allow you to raise funds, check first.)
- Get community support for a cat colony.
Who do you want to reach? Some ideas:
- Your Family
- Politicians — Helpful link: How to Contact Your Elected Officials
- Your Fellow Worshipers
- Other Groups or Organizations
How will you reach them? Helpful link: How to Advocate for Your Cause
- Talk to them. Consider wearing a button as a conversation starter.
- Hand out flyers. Consider setting up a booth to collect donations if allowed.
- Hang tags on doors and mail boxes.
- Make posters.
- Reach out with social media such as Facebook.
- Send a press release to your local newspaper or school newspaper. Helpful link: How to write a press release.
Requirement 3: Review It!
Always remember to thank those who helped with your advocacy program.
Ways to say Thank You:
- Personally thank individuals and businesses who helped. A hand written letter is always nice. Helpful link: How to write a thank you letter.
- Thank the community as a whole with posters.
- Create a follow up press release and include the names of individuals and businesses who participated.
- Thank the community as a whole on social media.
- Give certificates of appreciation.
Discuss Your Advocacy Project
- Do you think your advocacy project improved conditions for pets?
- Will you continue?
- What else can you do for pets in your community?
Congratulations you have earned the Pet Advocate patch! The patch can be purchased from our partner site MakingFriends®.com.
You can become an Animal Welfare Advocate by earning all 5 animal advocate level patches.
Does this give you any ideas for becoming a Pet Welfare Delegate.
See all our current Advocate level Patch Program®s:
Clean Water Advocate
Clean Air Advocate
Clean Earth Advocate
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