The Pet Education Trainers (PETS) Program is dedicated to humane education
and focuses on teaching children about animal awareness, care and safety, and
includes a literacy assistance program where children build their reading skills and confidence by reading to our dogs. Early education directly lends itself to saving the lives of animals as children are made aware of the pet overpopulation problem and how they can be a part of solving that problem. The PETS program was re-launched in 2014 and now offers schools one time or scheduled field trips to the NLOL ranch where children experience first-hand the concept of animal rescue and interact with rescue dogs and certified Therapy Dogs.
This past spring, we were honored to include the Castaic Elementary School in our literacy assistance program. Each visit, several children and their teachers came to the Ranch to visit our dogs and practice their reading skills. One of our adoptable rescue dogs was chosen to be read to as each child took turns practicing their reading skills. The dogs enjoyed all the attention and the kids loved interacting with the dogs and learning about pet adoption.
We are hoping to have more schools sign up to participate in our PETS Program this fall. We hope to be chosen by schools as a field-trip location to offer educational opportunities for children and raise awareness of pet adoption, animal rescue and care while simultaneously positively influencing a child’s learning abilities. If you are a teacher, principal, superintendent, interested parent, or know a school that would be interested in this program, please contact Briana F. at 661.255.0097 or at Briana@nlol.org.