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Maximillian Whitney with Cubby, Grace Forster with Rosie
The talented TAILS volunteers are working behind the scenes to help launch the new Pet-U-Cation program, combining Wheels of Hope transportation vans with a new humane education program. The vans, used to transport thousands of animals from city shelters to no-kill shelters each year, will also visit elementary and middle schools to educate a new generation of New Yorkers about animal care.
The Pet-U-Cation program, teaching youngsters the value of philanthropy and compassion, will focus on service learning, guest speakers, guest animals, and trips to animal-centric locations around the city. Teaching this next generation will help the city reach its ultimate goal -- a no-kill city by 2015.
We headed to Forum last week for the stray chic "Stocks and Bones" party and Pet-U-Cator launch. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while they mingled with Mayor's Alliance volunteers and learned about the new program. The $60,000 initial fundraising goal will cover the purchase and necessary customization of a van for safe animal transport plus logos and insurance for one year.
The sold-out event showcased adoptable pups - Drifter a Chihuahua and Meeska a Pekingese - from Animal Haven Shelter. Animal Haven has successfully launched its own Caring Kids Program at their SoHo shelter, where children and teens are introduced to basic animal care and welfare issues. Michael Mullins from The New York Companion took photos for an upcoming issue of his popular bi-monthly magazine. Tuffy the Mohawk Dog held court in the back of the lounge area with his doggy pals, Rosie Forster and Cubby.
For additional information on the new Pet-U-Cation program, contact TAILS at [email protected] A small donation can make a big difference to an animal in need.