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Meet Andrew Puccetti: animal rights advocate, high school student, and new guest blogger for TAILS! Though only fifteen years old, Andrew has already shown immense dedication and passion for the well-being of animals. Every other week Andrew will be here talking about the relationship between young people and animal rights–how they can make a difference, how they are already making a difference, and how important it is for kids to continue the fight for our animal companions.

Around the United States there are millions of animals in shelters that are searching for their forever homes. These shelters need our support, and there are many ways for young people to help them:

  1. Hold a shelter drive. Shelters often have on their website a list of items needed to help care for their animals. Let your friends, family, and neighbors know that you are collecting items for your local animal shelter and give them the shelter’s wish list. Collect the donated items on a set day, and then deliver them to the shelter.
  2. Having a birthday party? Ask your guests to bring money or donate-able items for your local animal shelter instead of gifts.
  3. Round up some friends to and help raise funds by holding a bake sale or setting up a lemonade stand. You can do this any day, or in conjunction with community events.
  4. Volunteer. Many shelters have a junior volunteer program. Check with your local shelters to see if any are accepting younger volunteers.
  5. Are you a Boy Scout or Girl Scout? Talk to your leader about different ways you can earn a badge by helping an animal shelter.
  6. Spread the word. Simply talk to people and educate anyone who will listen about why it is important to adopt from a shelter.
  7. Many shelters hold events like 5K walks or other fundraising events. See if you can attend these, and invite your friends to come as well.
  8. Write a letter to the editor for your local newspaper. Ask your favorite shelter if there are any special topics they would like you to write about.  If you are younger, you may need a parent’s help with this project.
  9. Help put a stop to pet homelessness in the first place.  Make sure your pets are spayed and neutered, and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.
  10. Have a school project coming up? See if you can do it about an important animal topic, such as: animal shelters, the importance of spaying and neutering, pet adoption, or animal cruelty.

There are so many ways for young people to help homeless animals and local animal shelters. All one needs is motivation, passion, and the desire to get out there and make a difference!

Check out Andrew’s blog at www.andrewpuccetti.com!

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