Kids Education Program
The primary mission of this program, called The 3 “Rs” of Wags, is to encourage, in children, the lifelong appreciation of the value of animals and of people’s relationships with them and is designed to work with teachers in meeting this program’s educational goals. The 3 “R”s are Respect, Responsibility and Rescue.
Because of the increasing incidents of animal abuse and the direct correlation between children who abuse animals and grow up to become abusive adults, to both animals and people, and because of the ever expanding pet population Wags to Riches Animal Rescue has worked to develop and refine an education program designed to teach kids to be respectful of animals, to be responsible pet owners and to understand rescue and how they can save animals too.
We hope to engender responsibility among young people by developing concern for the well-being of animals. Plus, what these kids learn will impact many of their parents. These presentations are tailored to the changing developmental levels of the children. Included is Casey’s Kid’s Wall of Kindness. Kids are asked to sign pawprints promising to always be kinds to animals and then they pick a spot on the wall to put the pawprint on.
The second program component will help prevent dog bites. Every year dog bites take place on school grounds and in the neighborhoods. According to information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) over 386,000 victims are seen in hospital emergency rooms each year and the average cost of treatment per patient is over $18,200.00. With your help Wags Volunteers will teach the Doggone Safe Program to children and teens (and ultimately their parents) how to read a dog’s body language. With the tools to correctly read the situation, children or adults can decelerate a potentially bad situation. We have those tools to share!