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Youthful work at Rifle Animal Shelter

Blair Bracken
Shelter Tails

Our youth is our future, and the Rifle Animal Shelter continues to build awareness in our young community about animal welfare.

As the shelter continues to build programming around this, it also continues one program that has been a consistent summer favorite: Tail Tale Story Time, a summer reading program dedicated to teaching children about the importance of shelters and the many aspects involved with a successful shelter through illustrated books and activities.

Each week on Wednesdays from June 3 to Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m., children 4 to 10 years of age can join the Rifle Animal Shelter staff and not only learn about the dedication it takes to own a pet, but also the importance of supporting your local animal shelter through volunteering, donating and fostering.

The Rifle Animal Shelter has more than 75 volunteers who consistently assist with adoption events, fundraisers, committees, fostering, educational programming and more. Many of our efforts wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support shown in our community, and we believe in teaching younger generations the same ethics. By working with children at an early age and showing them the compassion and dedication from not only our staff, but through the efforts of our volunteers, we lead by example and hope our efforts build each young person’s interest and inspires them to be an upstanding young adult.

For children of this age, volunteer opportunities with the Rifle Animal Shelter are limited, but there are certainly ways kids can still help and take part in their community. The shelter encourages children to come the Rifle Animal Shelter with their parents and socialize with the many shelter pets by either walking the dogs, letting them get some sun and exercise, or coming to pet and play with the many cats and kittens in the feline room.

Cindy Lee and the Wags and Menace Make A Difference Program Foundation sponsor this program annually by donating a special book bag that each children receive during every story time. Inside the book bag, children will find a coloring page specific to animal welfare to add to the day’s activities. The Rifle Animal Shelter loves to work with the youth in our community and would like to expand our programming to eventually work with local 4-H clubs, Boy Scout troops, Girl Scout troops or any other youth organizations. The staff at the Rifle Animal Shelter values the opportunity to reach out and better educate the community about animal welfare. For questions about Tail Tale Story Time, volunteering, fostering, educational programing or anything else about the Rifle Animal Shelter, give us a call at 625-8808.

Blair Bracken is the events and development coordinator at the Rifle Animal Shelter.


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