Save Shelter Animals With School Service Program

Target: Cathy Kipp, President of Poudre School District Board of Education

Goal: Require all kids to serve one year of community service at an animal shelter.

Both shelter animals and kids would benefit from a community service program that paired kids with local animal shelters for one year. This would encourage kids to invest in their community and it would also foster a sense of empathy for animals.

Animal shelters are often understaffed and underfunded. Many locals will volunteer at animal shelters in order to help animals find homes. Some animal shelters do offer volunteer programs, but there are many others that don’t. Creating a community service project aimed at animal shelters would help workers be able to save more animals and would encourage more people to get involved in their communities.

Volunteering is a great way to invest in a community and teach valuable skills to people. Children benefit from community service projects that teach them to give of themselves. These projects teach children valuable skills like teamwork. Community service shouldn’t be seen as just a form of punishment, it should also be seen as a valuable service and a worthwhile investment. Requiring all kids grades 6-12 to commit to one year of community service at an animal shelter would help animal shelters support more animals, increase adoption rates, strengthen communities and would be giving these kids skills that they would use all their life.

Shelter animals would also be socialized and be more likely to be adopted if they had more time around people. Please sign this petition to urge the Poudre School District to require students to participate in a one-year community service project.


Dear Ms. Kipp,

It’s important to teach children valuable skills both inside and outside of the classroom. Getting children involved in their communities is beneficial to both kids and the community. Many people associate community service with a form of punishment. While it may be a common way to punish unwanted behavior, community service can also be valuable on its own. Children grades 6-12 should participate in a one-year community service project with animal shelters.

Volunteering at an animal shelter would teach children the importance of caring for another living being. It would give them a sense of community and a sense of teamwork as they strive to find homes for all the shelter animals. Learning empathy is important if future generations are going to coexist and create peace rather than war. This community service would go beyond the communities and even beyond the United States. Participating in a community service project would prepare children to become global leaders and stewards of this planet. It would also help thousands of animals find homes. Shelter animals thrive more when they have consistent human interaction while they’re waiting to be adopted.

I urge you to create an animal shelter community service project for students.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Selena Brooks says:

    I am in total favor of this community service requirement for students not only will it help animals it will help students for the college applications by seeing the community service they have done. I believe it should be longer than a year though these grade are the most affected 6th grade 1yr, MS grade (all), HS grade (all). Once again great idea!

  2. Janice Meyer says:

    I truly believe that requirement of community service for students will instill compassion and empathy in children, especially those who have never been given these virtues at home.


  4. ABSOLUTELY!!!!!! Teaches them compassion!!

  5. Czerny A. says:

    Great idea! It will get the kids off their electronic devices, get some exercise and sunshine, teach compassion and caring. Kids today think only of themselves and how to acquire more things, and the parents enable them.

  6. Cynthia Mattera says:

    Awesome idea! It will teach them responsibility, kindness, compassion, and respect for other living creatures!

  7. Diane Petrillo Diane Petrillo says:

    Early education might turn out more compassionate kids instead of the sociopathic ones we have to sign petitions about every day. Starting them out young might make a difference

  8. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

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