Karma Dogs introduces “oath of kindness”
Karma Dogs, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates rescued dogs into therapy dogs, has announced the launch of its Oath of Kindness (OK) program — a way for children and teens to pledge to be kind to animals, to tell their friends to be kind as well and to promise to tell an adult if they see animal cruelty.
The program was formed in response to the recent news about Phoenix, the Baltimore pit bull that died after being set on fire. Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested in the case.
“We hope the Oath of Kindness program helps stimulate conversation between children and their parents regarding the treatment of household pets and other animals,” said Kelly Gould, executive director of Karma Dogs. “We work primarily with rescued dogs and it has been our goal at Karma Dogs to teach adults and children that animals have an intrinsic value.”
Participants in the Karma Dogs OK program will be sworn in by Karma Dogs and receive a “pawtographed” certificate by a Karma Dog as well as a ribbon. Karma Dogs will also launch an e-newsletter that includes positive stories about other children being kind to animals. Children are encouraged to submit their own stories via OK@karmadogs.org.
Beginning this Saturday children attending a H.E.A.R.T.S. (Help Encourage All Readers to Succeed) program will be able to take the Karma Dogs Oath of Kindness. Since February 2007, this child literacy program has connected hundreds of children to therapy dogs so they can practice reading aloud. Both the H.E.A.R.T.S. and OK programs are free, but donations are appreciated. The H.E.A.R.T.S program takes place at the Towson Public Library from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
“It’s never too early to teach your children about how to be kind and safe around animals. When children realize the difference they can make, hopefully Baltimore area animals will have a brighter future,” added Gould.
In November 2007, Karma Dogs launched “Dirk’s Guide to Dog Safety,” a coloring book conceived by founders Kelly and Andrew Gould to help educate children to become safe and responsible around dogs. “Dirk’s Guide” is available through Karma Dogs website, or at Karma Dogs library programs throughout Baltimore County and can be purchased at a discounted bulk rate for schools and other institutions. For more information contact Kelly Gould at 443-928-9206.
Karma Dogs provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, mental institutions, schools and those living in stressful situations. Karma Dogs also works with therapy dogs to help children with developmental disabilities with special attention to children with autism.
(Photo courtesy of Karma Dogs)
Posted by John Woestendiek June 11th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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