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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

MFOA ‘Pet Club’ to go statewide!
Written by MFOA   
Monday, 25 February 2013


Two years ago, in a effort to educate children about the importance of developing compassion, understanding and consideration of other species, Maine Friends of Animals initiated its concept of a ‘Pet Club’ for students in grades 3-5. MFOA teamed up with the Madison Elementary School to organize its first Pet Club. It was such a success that MFOA has created a model that we hope to introduce to elementary schools throughout the state.

The mission of the Pet Club is to advance student and community education regarding the care and protection of companion animals. A club information packet provides schools with a working model complete with guidelines on the structure, school involvement, issues, activities and benefits in instituting the program. In addition, MFOA provides ongoing support until the club has been successfully established. Ultimately, with the school and community, the goal is to teach children about the issues affecting pets, as well as the proper care and respect for our companion animals.

MFOA is seeking a grant to help facilitate the growth of its model statewide by adding new programs annually, as well as maintaining established Pet Clubs. A key component is finding the right school and, particularly, the right lead teacher. If you know a school and/or an elementary school teacher in your area that might like to learn more about forming a Pet Club, please have them contact MFOA at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pet Club Issues
• Care for companion animals
• “Dogs chained for life”
• Local shelters
• Companion animal cruelty education
• Pets left in cars
• Spay/neuter education
• Feral cats / homeless pets
• Animal rescue groups
• Firehouse pet oxygen masks
• Animal welfare and laws protecting animals
• Pet food drop-offs for needy families
• Learning about other companion animals (rabbits, hamsters, ferrets. etc.)

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