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Local Animal Welfare Groups

SPCA of Wake County
Located: Garner, NC
Contact: (919) 772-3203 or

Wake County Animal Shelter
Located: Raleigh, NC
Contact: (919) 250-1475 or

Best Friend Pet Adoption
Located: Cary, NC
Contact: (919) 661-1722 or

C.A.R.E. For Animals
Located: Raleigh, NC
Contact: (919) 938-0501 or

Doberman Rescue of North Carolina
Located: Raleigh, NC
Contact: (919) 932-7961 or

Feral Cat Friends
Located: Garner, NC
Contact: (919) 772-2212 or

Lab Rescue of NC
Wake Forest, NC

North Carolina Rottweiler Rescue
Located: Raleigh, NC
Contact: (919) 250-1984 or

Pet Foster Network
Contact: (919) 425-2330 or

Second Chance Pet Adoption
Located: Cary, NC
Contact: (919) 468-0009 or online contact form

Snowflake Animal Rescue
Located: Raleigh, NC
Contact: (919) 990-2478 or

Southern Siberian Rescue
Located: Raleigh, NC
Contact: (919) 868-0798 or

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Articles on Pet Adoption

Pet Adoption Information (The Humane Society of the United States)

Selecting the Right Pet for Your Kids and Making the Introduction (The Humane Society of the United States)

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Pet Overpopulation: Local Organizations

Located: Raleigh, NC
Contact: (919) 870-1660 or
Works with the animal welfare community to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals.

Carolina Mobile Spay-Neuter Clinic
Located: Raleigh, NC
Contact: (919) 906-7729
Provides low cost spay and neuter service for cats and dogs in Raleigh and surrounding towns.

Operation Catnip
Located: Raleigh, NC
(919) 779-7247 or
Non-profit organization dedicated to humanely reducing the stray and feral cat population through a no-cost trap-neuter-return program.

(919) 783-7627
Non-profit mobile surgery group providing low-cost spay and neuter services to all North Carolinians.

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Articles on Pet Overpopulation

The Crisis of Pet Overpopulation (The Humane Society of the United States)

Pet Overpopulation Estimates (The Humane Society of the United States)

Hidden Holocaust: The Overpopulation Crisis (The Fund for Animals)

Solving the Pet Overpopulation Problem (The Humane Society of the United States)

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet (The Humane Society of the United States)

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Examples of Activities

Organize A Drive: Organize a toy, blanket, towel or animal food drive in your school. Put a marked container in a high traffic area for people to see. Give the collected items to an animal organization.

Give Out Information: Man a table at school. Ask the students and teachers to sign a pact to be responsible pet owners. Display all the signatures in the cafeteria. Or set up an information table at your school and hand out information about a local animal organization to students and teachers.

Organize a Fundraiser: Choose an animal shelter or rescue group to which to donate the proceeds of a bake sale, car wash, or book sale. Contact the organization and ask them for general information to distribute to students and the public.

Organize A Prevent A Litter Week: a school-wide pet overpopulation awareness week will help communicate the benefits of spay/neuter.

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Local Newspapers

Contact newspapers about their guidelines for submitting letters to the editor.

Cary News
Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 4949, Cary, NC 27519
Fax: (919) 460-6034

Garner News
John Cate, Editor
(919) 772-1166

News & Observer
(919) 829-4512

Eastern Wake News
Solja Nygard Frangos, Editor
(919) 365-6262

The Fuquay-Varina Independent
Keisha Webb-Gibbs, Editor
(919) 552-5675

The Wake Weekly
Greg Allen, Editor
(919) 556-3182

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Free Resources for Educators and Kids

Animal Crusaders is a quarterly newsletter for elementary school teachers. Each issue focuses on a different animal-related topic, complete with games and other learning activities. Free subscription is available to teachers.

American Humane's Just for Kids web site offers tips for dogs and cats, ways to help, animal name game, animal careers, and book reviews.

ASPCA's Animaland web site provides ideas for activities and science projects, children's bibliography, games, essay and poster contests.

Doris Day Foundation offers programs to help teachers foster children's natural compassion for animals while developing important age appropriate skills such as reading and computer and science skills.

KIND News (Kids In Nature's Defense) is a classroom newspapers for kids in grades K through 6. It includes articles, stories, puzzles, celebrity interviews, and project ideas. Click here to order KIND News.

TEACHKind is PETA's web site for educators. It provides tips on benefits of humane education, free lesson plans, reproducible worksheets, and the opportunity to receive free materials, including magazines, books, videos, posters, and comics.

PETAKids explores animal welfare issues and suggests practical ways young people can make a difference.

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