Kids Can Help Homeless Pets for a Sweet Valentine's Day

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Help kids make homeless pets their special Valentines. Kids can have fun learning new skills while raising money for pets waiting for forever homes.

Cats in love sharing Valentine's Day

More and more pets are being surrendered to animal shelters since their owners can no longer afford them. The website Animal Shelter Tips has posted the article Kids Can Learn and Help Homeless Pets for a Sweet Valentine's Day. Families can help their kids learn to love and respect these animals who need support just to live another day.

Ideas are listed for kids to combine learning and raising money for animal shelters. Valentine's Day can be both memorable and fun as kids realize they can make a difference to the sweetest Valentines -- homeless pets waiting for a family to love.

Animal shelters, churches, schools, after school youth groups or parents can sponsor and coordinate these events. Some of these fundraising events include:

-- Organize a candy making class for young girls and teenagers

Make a variety of candies, including heart shaped chocolates. Several Moms can share the duties. For example, Mom with a large kitchen can host the class; the gourmet cook Mom can conduct the class; the "organizer" can coordinate the class, purchase the ingredients, etc. Parents can help the kids sell their goodies at a Valentine candy sale and / or charge to attend the class. Of course, present some of the candy to Dad for Valentine's Day.

-- Conduct an art class for kids to make Valentines

An art teacher, a professional artist, or a Mom with an artistic flair could do this. The responsibilities can be divided among the artist, a Mom with a large enough space to handle a class, an organizer to purchase the materials, etc. Kids could make several cards and sell these along with the candy sale mentioned above. Or, ask a local art gallery to showcase these cards and sell them for the kids. Kids could pay a fee to attend the art class.

-- Conduct a dance class for kids

These classes could be just for young girls, couples, or Dad and daughter. Professional dancers or dance teachers aren't required to teach these classes. Often high school cheerleaders are good dancers and could be recruited to be instructors. Money can be raised in a variety of ways. Kids could pay for the classes. Plan a dance contest to follow up the class. Each couple could find sponsors who would donate money for their entry fee; contestants could buy tickets to participate; or the activity organizer could find sponsors to donate money to the local shelter in the names of the dance contest winners. In addition, conduct a Valentine's sale at the dance event to sell candy, cards, or artwork created to benefit pets. Or, contestants could buy raffle tickets with local businesses donating items for the shelter's wish list.

-- Conduct a pet photography class

Since so many kids own their own digital cameras, this class could be useful for future use as well as a means of helping homeless pets. Find a large enough place to bring animals, maybe an outdoor location, and a photographer who's good at pet photography. Ask the photographer to donate his time. This is excellent public relations and wouldn't take much time. To raise money, students could pay a fee to attend the class. Find a way for others to vote on the photos, such as posting the photos online at the animal shelter's website or local newspaper's website. Find donors such as camera shops, photographers, galleries, etc., to pay $1 for each vote with the proceeds going to the shelter.

More ideas just for kids are listed at Kids Can Learn and Help Homeless Pets for a Sweet Valentine's Day.

Teaching kids to celebrate Valentine's Day by helping homeless pets could be one of the sweetest days they have all year. And in these tough economic times, it can be so rewarding for them to participate in a cause which means life for these sweet pets.

More Valentine's Day fundraising events for animal shelters may be found at Celebrate Valentine's Day by Increasing Pet Adoptions and Fundraising.

About Animal Shelter Tips:

Website author Cathy Grace was inspired to launch Animal Shelter Tips by the homeless pets she's adopted. Her work background is in marketing and publishing, but her passion is her animals. She's welcomed into her home cats from the Santa Fe, New Mexico Animal Shelter and Humane Society, the no-kill shelter Operation Kindness in Carrollton, Texas, as well as a kitten appearing at her doorstep in Evergreen, Colorado.

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