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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

MFOA Outreach and Education: Pet Club Program
Written by MFOA   
Wednesday, 26 January 2011

MFOA Visits Madison Elementary School
The education of the public, media and the legislature regarding animal protection issues has been a staple of Maine Friends of Animals’ mission. We are always looking for direct outreach opportunities to disseminate the message, from tabling at country fairs to speaking before groups, to passing out literature at circuses to attending the state Democratic and Republican conventions.

MFOA is particularly excited about its new involvement with a program that offers a unique opportunity to educate others by working with Maine elementary schools to teach young children the responsibility of having a pet and how to care for and protect companion animals.

This past May, MFOA Director Robert Fisk, Jr. visited the Madison Elementary School to speak to its Pet Club, which is the initiative of teacher Betty Abbott. In three short years, it has grown into a very involved group of six classes of 3rd and 4th graders.

The Pet Club has, among other things, raised money for a local animal shelter, set up a Pet Memorial Garden, put up a school bulletin board, spotlighted students and teachers who have helped companion animals, gotten involved with bringing a soldier’s dog back to Maine from Afghanistan, submitted an article to Downeast Dog News, and donated $500 to MFOA from a penny drive and sale of gourmet dog bones made by teachers and parents.

So impressed was the MFOA Director that he and Ms. Abbott began to consider making the Pet Club a model for other schools across the state. Since that initial meeting, MFOA and the Madison Elementary School have created a complete Pet Club packet to be provided to elementary schools with guidelines on how to organize their own Pet Club.

With the coordination of an advisory board, MFOA and Pet Club members from Madison also hope to speak to elementary schools about the benefits of caring for companion animals through a Pet Club. Additionally, MFOA is pursuing a grant to help bring Pet Clubs statewide.

If you know an elementary school teacher in your area who might like to form a Pet Club, please have them contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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