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Like our service projects, this list is continuously evolving. If you don't see your favorite books or websites, we welcome your suggestions in the comment section below.
Preschool and Early Elementary
The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest, illustrated by Amy Bates (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008). Ages 3-7. A lonely little girl and a lonely pup find a best friend in one another.
I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm (Dragonfly Books, 1988). Ages 3-7. This book is an excellent and simple story about losing a beloved pet.
Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer Holland (Workman Publishing Company, 2011). Ages 3 and up. While they may not be the same species, animals can still be friends with one another. Learn about the incredible bonds between a cat and a dog, a lion and a calf, and other animals in this heartwarming book.
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life With Chimps by Jeanette Winter (Schwartz & Wade, 2011). Ages 4-8. Told through illustrations, Jane Goodall’s life is traced from her life in London to her time in Africa, studying chimps.
One Day at Wood Green Animal Shelter by Patricia Casey (Candlewick Press, 2001). Learn about the workings of a humane society from this informative and lively book. Perfect for young animal lovers.
Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant (Aladdin, 1988). Ages 10-14. A collection of twelve short stories about individuals whose lives are touched by their encounters with animals.
Vet Volunteer Series by Laurie Halse Anderson (Puffin). Ages 9-12. Series of books about a veterinary clinic and its young volunteers who confront animal rights issues.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The first organization created in the United States to fight against cruelty to animals, the ASPCA’s website includes several resources for kids and families. The ASPCA’s Kids site is a site for kids featuring cartoons, pet care information, and information on animal careers.
Humane Society Youth of The United States: Just for Kids
The youth education affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States (http://www.hsus.org/), Humane Society Youth teaches young people about kindness and respect for animals. The website includes a book list, film list, and resource center.
Fur-Ever Home The Animal Rescue Game by Petsapalooza. Ages 8 and up. This board game allows players to strategize how best to rescue animals and find them home, while also teaching them money management skills.
The Game of Life It’s A Dog’s Life Edition board game. Ages 8 and up. Dog lovers and fans of the original Life board game will love strategizing and building a fulfilling life for their dog.
PetWorld 3D: My Animal Rescue app: Care for homeless animals and find them new homes.
Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About The Origins of Good and Evil by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (Bloomsbury US, 2014). The emotions of animals are also found in humans, and Masson examines why we react so differently than animals do.
The Everything Guide to Working with Animals by Michelle C. Hollow and William P. Rives (Adams Media. 2009). Find a way to transform your love of animals and insects into a job and career.
Working with Wildlife: A Guide to Careers in the Animal World by Thane Maynard (Franklin Watts, 1999). A practical guide for teens interested in working with animals. Readers learn about the work and training required to be a vet, field researcher, nature guide, conservationist and dozens of other animal-related jobs.
Gorillas in the Mist by Dr. Dian Fossey (Mariner Books, 2000). For thirteen years, Dr. Dian Fossey studied gorillas and interacted with them by studying and mimicking their movements and tendencies. Her contribution to the study of gorillas is also chronicled in the film of the same name.
Funds to the Rescue: 101 Fundraising Ideas for Humane and Animal Rescue Groups by Susan C. Daffron (Logical Expression, 2011). Get creative with your fundraising ideas in order to raise money for animal organizations.
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog (Harper Perennial, 2011). Herzog urges reader to examine how our societal surroundings dictate our attitude towards specific animals, and why they are viewed so differently around the world.
Dog Toy Donations and Cat Toy Donations
Dogtoys.com and Cattoys.com allow individuals to donate pet toys directly to the shelter of their choice.
Educational materials on humane education and the cruelty of factory farming. Website includes an adopt-a-farm-animal program and lesson plans on “Cultivating Compassion.”
Find a pet to adopt or look for volunteer opportunities at your local shelter.
Provide comfort to shelter animals by volunteering to make security blankets called “Snuggles.” Website includes simple patterns as well as a directory of participating shelters.
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