What Kids Can Do


When choosing topics for school reports or presentations, choose something involving animals, like responsible pet care, pet overpopulation, spaying/neutering, or animal abuse.

Help with adoptathons by either bathing animals before or by grooming and socializing the day of the event.

Help younger students read stories about people helping animals.

Make posters about overpopulation, spaying and neutering, adoption, or pet care.

Ask the librarian to make a special display of books in the library for the first full week of May, Be Kind to Animals week.

Volunteer to help an elderly person care for their pet.

Write a letter to the local newspaper encouraging people to treat animals with kindness and respect.

On your birthday, suggest gifts be given to homeless animals.

Plan events to get messages out about pet care, like an egg hunt with chocolate and a message about pet care inside the eggs.

Encourage clubs and organizations to which you belong (like 4-H and Scouts) to take on projects to help homeless animals.

Volunteer at the animal shelter to walk, bathe, pet, and socialize the animals.     

It's NOT okay.....

Dogs are companions and not prisoners.  It is not okay to chain a dog for life.  Dogs crave love and companionship and long to be part of a family. Many must sit, lay, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius day after lonely day.  They exist without love, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment.  Many become territorial of their tiny spaces.  This often results in children who wander too close being injured or even killed.

In the US every day, 10,000
humans are born and 70,000
puppies and kittens.  At this
rate, there will never be
enough homes! Don't breed
or buy while shelter pets die
Never buy from a pet store!

Axel is a 10 year old Redbone Coonhound mix. He is about 72 plus pounds. This nice senior boy is looking for a home with a fenced yard where he can run and play. Stop by the shelter and say hello to Axel.


An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.
             Martin Buber

If you are not altering your pets because of cost, check out low-cost spay and neuter clinics or see if your local humane society offers help. Jackson County Humane Society offers the S.N.A.P. program to help you alter your animals.

Why spay or neuter?


It saves lives

It improves overall health

It increases life expectancy

It eliminates uterine cancer

It reduces risk of breast cancer

It reduces prostrate problems

It makes a pet more affectionate

It reduces desire to roam

It reduces aggression and fights


Altering stops unwanted pets
from fighting for their lives,
both as strays roaming across
busy roadways or hoping for
rescue or adoption in
overcrowded shelters.

Pet Talk

If you have men
who will exclude
any of God's
creatures from
the shelter of
compassion and
pity, you will
have men who
will deal likewise
with their fellow
men.

St. Francis of
Assisi

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Some people are not cut out for fostering pets! Laila and Stevie are foster failures!  They were supposed to stay for a short time until they went to rescue, but they bonded with their foster family and are staying forever!   If you would like to be a fosterer for JCAS, simply fill out the foster application form, but be careful.  Foster children sometimes win your heart!

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Teaching children the responsibility of a pet can be a good learning experience. Pet ownership also helps teach a child that life's pleasures are balanced with responsibilities. That's how life works!

Proper Pet Care


Pets deserve a safe environment free of poisonous    
substances and choking hazards.

Pets deserve to be free of fleas, ticks, and skin      
problems in summer and free of ice and salt in the    
winter and need to live inside with the rest of the
family.

Provide a balanced diet and plenty of fresh water.

Give your pet plenty of exercise.

Brush, groom, and bathe your pet regularly.

Get the proper license for your pet and be sure he  
wears a collar and ID tag.

Provide regular vet checks and all vaccinations
needed to maintain good health. Rabies tags and
license are required by law.

Spay or neuter your pet.

Spend time with your pet; provide nurture and love.  
Don't make them the empty house sitter or the pet at the end of the chain.