The focus of our education program is to teach people of all ages about the ongoing problem of companion animal overpopulation. We aim to raise awareness by visiting organizations with our rescue dogs and presenting an informative and engaging program. Our presentation varies according to age group, as not all the subjects that we discuss are appropriate for all audiences. Most often, we explain the importance of spay and neuter and choosing adoption over purchase. We also discuss the problem of puppy mills, breed stereotypes and dog-fighting.
We encourage volunteering, even for children. Karma's K9 Kids program is especially designed for younger children.
Donations made from this page will directly benefit the education program.
Our volunteers visit:
Karma dog Vida at Hyde Park Library
Karma Rescue volunteers and their dogs visit Los Angeles area public libraries on a monthly basis. In collaboration with the librarians, we set up this program to encourage children to have empathy for animals starting at a young age. Children have a natural affinity for animals, and it is this connection that allows us to instill a humane ethic at a very young age. A Karma volunteer brings one of our rescue dogs to Storytime, where the librarian reads a collection of dog or pet-related stories while the children visit with their canine guest.
The children (typically ages 2-7) are accompanied by their parents, with whom we are able to discuss adoption over purchase , spay and neuter, volunteering, and breed stereotypes. We also answer any pet care questions they may have.
The children also learn how to behave around animals. The library program is especially beneficial for children that do not have pets at home. It is through these programs that we connect animals and kids as well as reach out to and encourage those young people to become responsible future pet owners and animal advocates.
Community Day Schools exist for students that have been expelled, are awaiting trial, or cannot attend regular public schools. Our Education Program for the Community Day Schools was developed to teach at-risk youth about the benefits and value of responsible and humane treatment of animals and the rewards of volunteering. The program covers subjects including pet overpopulation, spay and neuter, responsible pet ownership, as well as the problems of dog fighting and breed stereotypes. We also try to cultivate values such as leadership and environmental stewardship. Karma volunteers present a series of videos and photos covering these topics, encourage discussion, and bring rescue dogs(usually our own pit bulls)to each presentation. We also invite speakers such as dog trainers, agents from Animal Control, and reformed dogfighters.
The main focus of the program is to address the cause of pet overpopulation. Our objective is to educate youth and encourage them to think about the consequences of choosing to not spay or neuter their pets. We explain the connection between having a litter of puppies at home to the high number of companion animals that are destroyed every day in city shelters. Any student participating in the Education Program is offered free spay or neuter for his or her pet through Karma Rescue.
We discuss puppy mills, where breeder dogs are forced to produce litter after litter to supply the consumer demand for puppies. These animals are considered a commodity and are bred for appearance, not health. We show video clips of puppy mills that have been raided by animal welfare organizations. The students get a chance to see the cramped cages and unsanitary conditions, and we discuss the issues many puppy mill dogs face. Dogs from puppy mills often have severe congenital defects that do not surface until later in life. Many students often desire a purebred dog, and we encourage them to consider adopting.
We discuss dog fighting, and give students the Humane Society's anonymous tip line. Many of the youth we work with live in communities where, sadly, dog fighting is still a popular form of entertainment. Our volunteer presenters, including reformed dog fighters and breeders, have the opportunity through this program to discuss the damage dog fighting does personallyand to the community, with youth who are at-risk for becoming involved in this inhumane and criminal activity.
We discuss laws discouraging animal cruelty. Many students do not know that it is illegal in California to leave a dog tethered for more than 3 hours. During our school visits, we often encounter students who know of at least one animal in their neighborhood that is permanently tethered by a heavy chain. Often these dogs are pit bulls.
We discuss misconceptions about pit bulls, breed stereotyping, and breed specific legislation. Bringing our dogs to the presentation makes a tremendous impact, especially in the less affluent neighborhoods. The sad truth is that in these communities the bully breed dog is less often the family pet and more often trained to be the vicious outdoor guard dog, with little or no interaction with the family. Bringing our dogs into the classroom and showing the students that these animals are part of our families changes the way the students view the bully breed dog.
Humans have a natural affinity for animals. The presence of the dogs makes this kind of communication possible.
We close by introducing the idea of volunteering, and invite the students to volunteer with Karmaand earn their community service credits by spending time with our dogs.
Through our education program we work to raise awareness that students can bring back to their families and communities.
We close by introducing the idea of volunteering, and invite the students to volunteer with Karma and earn their community service credits by spending time with our dogs.