Youths Participate in Cat Adoption Prep Program

Six kids volunteer with a Knox County, Maine animal shelter to care for felines until suitable homes are found.

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Six kids are helping prepare cats for adoption through the Animal Care Team (ACT) Program of Youthlinks, a nonprofit organization in Maine providing community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 11-17.

Under the program, the six youths are volunteering at the Humane Society of Knox County to learn  the causes and solutions to overpopulation, demonstrate empathy and proper animal handling skills and practice persuasive writing techniques to help facilitate adoption for selected animals.

In addition to dog walking, cat grooming and kitten socialization, each ACT participant is matched with a cat residing at the Humane Society of Knox County and creates a written biography of the feline.

To accurately write each cats biography, the kids spend  time with the cat assigned to them. The biographies are used to help the Humane Society with its campaign to increase awareness of animals available for adoption in the county.

Youthlinks is funded primarily by the donations of individuals, businesses and foundations. The programs, which help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility and develop leadership abilities, are free for participating youth.

For more information, or to find out how to adopt an animal, visit http://www.humanesocietyofknoxcounty.org.

Posted: May 25, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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