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Youth Involvement
We have a deep appreciation for youth oriented groups being interested in helping our animals. Unfortunately, no children under the age of 18 are able to handle the animals but they can still help in many other ways that creates a huge impact.

We are constantly in need of supplies at the shelter which includes:

  • Kuranda Cots for cats and dogs
  • Newspapers
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • New or used blankets, towels, and wash rags
  • Toys and treats
  • New or used pillow cases (no holes)
  • Dog and cat canned food as well as baby animal milk replacement
  • Exotic animal food (parrot, small birds, ferret, frog, guinea pig, rabbit, iguana, hamster, rat, gerbil)
  • Food/water bowls
  • Heating pads

Download the complete wish list by click here.

Often times our Animal Control Officers come across dog owners who don’t realize the laws and ordinances regarding proper pet containment and provisions for dogs who live outside.  We educate these owners on the proper needs their dog. One of the most important needs is proper shelter. Sometimes owners simply can’t afford even the most basic shelter.

It’s our mission to bring them into compliance rather than forcing them to owner surrender their dog. When we have an inventory of donated dog houses we will supply them one. Once they receive the dog house, we will have follow-up visits to ensure they are staying in compliance with our ordinances and providing the proper care for their dog.

We rely on groups and organizations to help supply us with dog houses for this program.

For a downloadable version of our dog house program, click here.

Check out these websites to get ideas for building dog houses: 


Children and older youth have indicated that they want to support Animal Care & Control. A project that is always fun for the kids and beneficial to the animals is making kerchiefs for the dogs participating at the off-site adoption events. These kerchiefs make the dogs look stylish and attract the attention of potential adopters.

Kerchiefs can be made in all sizes: from puppy to the large adults. They can be made in any color, pattern, design that the kids wish to make. It can say things like woof, dog, puppy, happy tails, etc. The dogs will wear these at all of our off-site adoption events, especially at the SouthPark Mall event held on the first Saturday of each month.

Below is a picture of some kerchief samples as well as pictures of our dogs showing them off at an adoption event.

All year long dogs in our adoptable kennels are provided with a soft place to sleep on a Kuranda Cot. In the winter time they are also provided blankets for the cot or the floor; the floors are headed when the temperature falls. Thanks to the public donation for blankets and towels donated to us we make sure every adoptable dog has a blanket or towel to lay on. Blankets are also used for our dogs that are in foster homes. Kids can make their own blankets at home and can donate them to our adoptable dogs. Do a search online for instructions on how to make blankets; our adoptable pets will thank you!


Another project for the younger kids is to make hand made fans. Take some styrofoam poster board or cardboard and cut it out in the shape of a paw. Take a tongue depressor or popsicle stick and push it into the styrofoam or tape/staple it onto the back of the cardboard. Then decorate the front however they want.