Ruff Start Rescue was founded with the intention of not only rescuing animals but also educating the general public about animal welfare and advocacy. Our education program was established in 2013 with the mission to help children and young adults become responsible, compassionate, and empathetic pet owners by educating them on pet care, adoption, and safety. Since the inception of our education program, our message has reached more than 5,000 individuals throughout the entire state of Minnesota.
Our education committee is responsible for the coordination and presentation of our mission. This committee consists of volunteers that meet once a month at our office in Princeton. They create and coordinate all events, review feedback of recent visits, and brainstorm ideas to increase the impact of Ruff Start Rescue’s messages.
Ruff Start’s education program focuses on educating younger generations in:
- Animal welfare basics
- Making adoption your first option
- Importance of spaying and neutering
Since 2013, the education committee has presented to many audiences, including elementary through high school-aged students, daycares, scout troops, and senior citizens.
When able, presentations include two rescue representatives (a presenter and a facilitator); Ruff Start Rescue’s (costumed) mascot, Ruff; and a rescued pet. Participants will typically receive goodie bags and visual aids.
Presentations can be catered to specific groups with timing and content. Presentations will need to be scheduled in advance.
Pack Pups Program: This program helps children and young adults become responsible, compassionate, and empathetic pet owners by educating them on pet care, adoption, and safety. Each year the education program grows, focusing on ways to better the future of animal welfare right at the source: our youth.
Jr. Volunteer Events (Day Camps): Each quarter, our education committee hosts a day camp that presents children and their families with an opportunity to volunteer their time and talents at Ruff Start Rescue by creating arts and crafts. These activities benefit the animals in our care and allow us the time to educate on varying animal welfare topics. Past projects include: creating dog and cat toys and beds, and feral cat houses.
Corporate Educational Opportunities: Corporate entities and businesses that are interested in learning more about Ruff Start Rescue or would like to create items for the animals in our care are encouraged to reach out to our committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Expos and Community Outreach: In a typical expo setting, volunteers will set up a booth and educate participants about Ruff Start Rescue and the work that we do.