"It's Not Complicated!" is the tagline for the Good Pet Guard Lesson Plan campaign created by the World Animal Awareness Society to bring mass awareness to stray dog issues people in big US cities face daily.
The World Animal Awareness Society poses this question, "Is It better to be more educated or less educated?" in its new Good Pet Guardian lesson plan Indiegogo campaign created to provide 250,000 students in the worst cities for stray, roaming, and homeless dogs a good working knowledge base so they may become good pet guardians.
It's Not Complicated! Students are seen in this video responding to a question:
Good Pet Guardian Lesson Plans - It's Not Complicated!
The #1 issue facing domesticated dogs in large cities in the United States today is a lack of education - specifically; teaching young people how to be Good Pet Guardians!
To truly affect change in large US cities, you must recognize that each city is different and unique to itself. Generic lessons do not work. For Good Pet Guardian knowledge to be absorbed, students need to connect through experiences in their own neighborhoods.
Issues that stem from homeless & stray dogs in a community are many: From fatal dog bites of people, to human abuse and neglect of dogs. From dog fighting gangs, to high surrender rates, and lack of community-wide spay and neutering, to very high dog euthanization rates in local shelters (There are published estimates that between 2 million and 12 million dogs are euthanized in shelters every year). Each one of these issues can be attributed to one thing! A LACK OF GOOD PET GUARDIAN INFORMATION!
To address this issue, the World Animal Awareness Society through the American Strays Project team reached out to elementary school teachers in the Pinckney, MI school system as well as humane educators to develop a series of lesson plans that can be customized for each community's unique cultural characteristics.
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One school in each of the 20 target cities will be chosen to represent their city and be filmed by WA2S Film Services for inclusion in that city's lesson plans. The school chosen will be the one that shows the most drive to get the word out.
The completed 8 lesson-plan-kit from each city's chosen school will then be distributed free of charge to every school in that city to be used the following semester to teach all the kids in each city how to be "Good Pet Guardians."
Good Pet Guardian Lesson Plans for 4th & 5th Graders
Calling all elementary schools in the following cities, this is one list you really want to be on! Is your city on this list? Detroit, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix, Charlotte, Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Kansas City, Baltimore, and Seattle.
If so, nominate one elementary school in your city to be the host of the local filming of the Good Pet Guardian Lesson Plans. If not, get on the list now!
The lesson plans are interactive and will be available in at least 2 languages.
About the WA2S:
The World Animal Awareness Society (WA2S), is a 501c3 award-winning media non profit and window into the world of human-animal intersections as seen through an unbiased, journalistic lens.
The WA2S was created specifically to focus a lens on ourselves, to help humans see beyond what we look toward and hone in on where we look from. Let us embark upon a journey of discovery as we explore the ways humans and non-human animals interact the world over, together.