Petboogaloo Announces October's Hero of the Month, Janine Licare, co-founder of Kids Saving the Rainforest

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Petboogaloo (http://www.petboogaloo.com) has chosen Janine Licare as their Hero of the Month for October 2006. Each month Petboogaloo honors someone who has made a difference in the world by their love and efforts to help animals and animal causes. Janine Licare is the co-founder of Kids Saving the Rainforest (http://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org) based in Costa Rica.

Janine Licare and Kids Saving The Rainforest (KSTR) co-founder Aislin Livingstone began selling their artwork and using their earnings to help rehabilitate the rainforest at 9 years old. A year after they sold their first painted rocks in an effort to raise enough money to save the rainforests and Titi monkeys of the Manuel Antonio area, they opened the KSTR store to sell their artwork as well as local artists work to benefit their cause. KSTR receives 100% of the profits from all of the sales both in the store and from their website.

Janine Licare, now 17 years old, heads up KSTR's cause. She is involved in every aspect of saving the rainforests, including reforestation of the rainforests and teaching the children's workshops. The reforestation program focuses on extending the monkey corridor, which is crucial to the survival of the endangered squirrel monkey (Titi Monkey.) The trees selected for reforestation are native to the Manuel Antonio area and are in danger of extinction, just like the monkeys they provide shelter and food for. To date, the KSTR reforestation project has reforested pastures in the monkey corridor with over 5500 trees.

The children's workshops and camps focus around education, awareness and fun. These camps are available to local children as well as visiting children and adults who would like more information about the rainforests. During the camps the children learn about the rainforest and everything in it. The children also create artwork, some of which is sold in the KSTR store to help save the rainforest.

Since 1999, Kids Saving the Rainforest, a non-profit organization, has been dedicated to preserving the rainforest as well as the animals that reside within them. Recently KSTR has expanded their mission. In addition to raising money to help save the rainforests, Kids Saving the Rainforest focuses on heightening awareness of the importance of preserving the environment through education of younger generations. KSTR teaches workshops, preserves local rainforest land, rehabilitates baby animals and runs an Adopt a Tree program available for anyone in the world.

Petboogaloo salutes Janine Licare for her dedication to preserving one of the Earth's greatest treasures and the many creatures living within it. Her efforts and hard work to repopulate the Titi Monkey population and the environment in which they live have not gone unnoticed.

Those interested in the helping KSTR can visit their website for helpful information about the rainforests and the danger they're in or browse the many photo albums from children's camp or the animal rehabilitation galleries at http://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org

About PetBoogaloo

PetBoogaloo is a cause-based social networking site for pet lovers. The idea is that pets generally bring out the best in people. As like-minded people from around the world share their experiences and feelings about their pet, and as more relationships are formed, the more peaceful our planet becomes. PetBoogaloo may be found online at http://www.petboogaloo.com.

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