09/20/17 Adoption is Cool, Education is Cool!
In collaboration with Animal Friends, the City of Zagreb and the Dumovec shelter remind us about the necessity of education
- September 23rd, Ban Jelacic Square, from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.: Info stalls, happy volunteers, dogs waiting for adoption
The action "Adoption is Cool," organized by the City of Zagreb and the Shelter for abandoned animals of the City of Zagreb "Dumovec" in collaboration with the Animal Friends association, will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. at Ban Jelacic Square in Zagreb.
With the beginning of a new school year, the action is timely devoted to education that should begin from the youngest age. Thus, the volunteers at info stands will provide useful information and present dogs waiting for adoption, and citizens can also get useful education materials.
Encouraging animal protection has been required by the Animal Protection Act, which mandates that cities and municipalities have an obligation to develop public awareness, especially within the young population, about animal protection.
At home and school, children should be taught the understanding that all animals are living beings with feelings and that they should be treated with empathy.
The education of children from the earliest age and a feeling of responsibility towards animals is a precondition to the development of a compassionate and non-violent society that is sensitive to the needs of its weakest and least protected members.
We are all aware that, in the future, educated children will choose adoption instead of purchase, take care of the needs of their animal friends, and protect them with microchipping, vaccination and castration. We also know that these educated children will not abandon animals.
Therefore, Animal Friends is offering kindergartens, schools and individuals the free educational film "Share the World."
This educational movie catches children's attention with excellent footage of animals and interesting topics for discussion, and it teaches them about the righteous treatment of others.
Another form of useful cooperation with schools is an educational session led by representatives of the Shelter for abandoned animals of the City of Zagreb "Dumovec" and with the help of the dog Sisi. These sessions are devoted to teaching about the coexistence of humans and animals and proper care for dogs.
Dumovec has its own school about dog behavior and their wellbeing, as well as courses on body language, socialization, clicker training and the build-up of confidence within animals.
Besides a place where dogs wait for their new home, animal shelters are also places for education. Animal Friends invites everyone to help their local shelter and abandoned animals and to find out how to educate their friends and family, creating a world where shelters will only be a place for education and youngsters will be full of compassion and understanding for all animals.