Kindergarten: Animals

Caring for Animals

Kindergarten teachers identified animals as the starting point for a community leadership role.

Topic Areas:

  • Therapy
    • Children and youth
    • Hospitals
    • Veterans
  • Rescue
  • Shelters
  • Adoptions
  • Wildlife

Therapy Animals

“Therapy animals can provide physical, psychological, and emotional benefits to those they interact with, typically in facility settings such as healthcare, assisted living, and schools. While most frequently dogs, therapy animals can include other domesticated species such as cats, equines, and rabbits, to name a few. These pets are evaluated on their ability to safely interact with a wide range of populations, and their handlers are trained in best practices to ensure effective interactions that support animal welfare. Therapy animal handlers may volunteer their time to visit with their animals in the community, or they may be practitioners who utilize the power of the human-animal bond in professional settings.” Pet Partners

Therapy Dogs of Vermont

Tufts: Reading Buddies

Elementary School

Proctor Elementary School Therapy Dog

Middle School

Centennial Middle School, Casper, Wyoming

High School

High School Assistance Dog, Burlington, VT

Michigan Paws for Success

Children’s Hospital

CHLA Dog Therapy Program


Iris and Thula

Nursing Homes




Equine Assisted Therapies

Hearts and Horses

At-Risk Youth

Hearts and Horses: At-Risk Youth


Hearts and Horses: Veterans
Horse Sense and Healing

Horses for Heroes


Urban Animal Control

Stray Rescue of St. Louis


Fire and Ice Training and Rescue


Tranquility Animal Sanctuary
Vested Interest in K9s


No Kill

American Pets Alive


Preparing for Adoption

Crafting Beds and Blankets

Kennel Comforters

Snuggles Project

Reading to shy dogs

Shelter Buddies Program


Say Please Program
Rewarding Calm Behavior

Training Support for Shelter Dogs

Leader Dogs for the Blind Prison Puppy Raising Program
NEADS Prison PUP Program
Iowa Prison Dog Training Program
Prison Puppy Program – America’s VetDogs


Operation Bagdad Pups


What would happen if every school district adopted an endangered species? What if school districts combined efforts where necessary and coordinated their efforts with organizations researching these needs to understand the need and work toward the solution until health was re-established and attention could be turned to another need?


3 Billion Birds


Monarch and Pollinator Highway Act of 2019
Honey Love


Bat Conservation International

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