Outreach and Education
Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue are committed to educating people of all ages about the needs of pets, humane treatment, bite prevention and spay/neuter programs in order to promote kind and caring behavior and attitudes towards animals. We are also involved in community initiatives and collaborations that promote proactive strategies to reducing pet overpopulation.
Our community programs include:
If children learn not to be afraid of dogs, they are less likely to be bitten. If they learn that animals feel pain, they are less likely to abuse them. And, if they learn that animals need food and shelter just as people do, they are less likely to act irresponsibly toward an animal. For many children, these are new concepts. Our education program is provided at several pre-schools and youth centers in Contra Costa, Alameda Counties and Marin County. We expose animals to kids and demystify some of the myths and share career opportunities working with animals.
Our dog trainer (who trains police and bomb-sniffing dogs) is a central part of the educational process. Youth are often surprised when a police officer shows what his/her dog can do and to learn that dogs help find people during disasters. This newfound appreciation for animals teaches them how to approach dogs and helps them be safer in their homes and in their neighborhoods.
In past years, our education program reached over 500 school age children!
By increasing awareness about the problems of pet over-population, spay/neuter and other relevant programs and sharing the stories of many animals available for adoption in our community, we hope that many more of our furry friends will find loving, permanent homes.