Education About Animal Rescue
Whenever possible (given our tiny staff) we support the education of groups who want to learn more about animal rescue and the problems created when pets are not spayed or neutered.
Frequently this involves a pre-arranged "field trip" to our shelter, where the groups have an opportunity to get first-hand experience in handling a large volume of cats. Other times, a volunteer Animal Aid Outreach Team and a few laid-back kitties will travel to a classroom to give a talk.
These occasions have afforded us very rich relationships with young people in local schools and Scout troops, many of whom become significant volunteer contributors to our programs. One class of creative youngsters wrote and filmed a "commercial" aimed at recruiting foster families for us!
Groups are not limited to the young, of course. We have regular and occasional visits by “disabled” groups (Christie school, Quiet Waters, Clackamas County and Washington County transition programs).