Something New for Sacramento Area Animal-Loving Teens
The Sacramento County Animal Care (SCACR) volunteer program generally focuses on adult volunteers, but now, due to public request, the shelter has a new volunteer program for teens who want to help shelter animals. This new volunteer program is called S.A.L.T., “Sacramento Animal Loving Teens”.
SALT is the brain-child of a bright and very motivated teen named Zara Anwar, who came to us via volunteer Barbara Doty, Program Manager for LAPCATS. Zara is a true leader and even created the website for the program. The SALT website is undergoing a few minor modifications, but it is up and running and is a real accomplishment for 13-year old Zara. The adult advisor for the SALT program is shelter volunteer Kari Emery (also a volunteer with LAPCATS).
The target age group for SALT is teens ages 12-15, but others are invited to become involved as space allows. Parental permission is required. At first, teens will focus on activities like stuffing Kongs, making display boards, and staffing fundraising car washes at the shelter this summer. As the program structure solidifies, the frequency and scope of the teens’ involvement will be expanded. The SALT group is initially meeting once a month in the SCACR classroom at the shelter. Please refer to the SALT website for more program details and contact information. Many thanks to Zara and Kari for all their hard work getting SALT established!
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