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Austin Pets Alive! | APA!’s New Pet Friends Program Is Creating the Subsequent…

Mar 30, 2023

Austin Pets Alive! has lengthy been recognized for innovating, collaborating, and sharing our data of methods to save animals’ lives.

However animal welfare can also be about people—the people who love and personal pets, and the people who work in animal shelters. That’s why we’re so thrilled to introduce Pet Friends, our model new program for at-risk and weak working-age youth to take part in an 8-week paid internship!

The interns, who’re between 16 and 21 years previous, are studying the ins and outs of shelter administration, and gaining the mandatory abilities and expertise to work in animal sheltering—together with at Austin Pets Alive!.

9 interns type our inaugural class. Beginning on February 4, each Saturday they’re assembly at APA!’s City Lake Animal Heart campus for 4 hours to discover the world of animal welfare and study essential skilled abilities.

Every session features a lesson and/or coaching, group dialogue and exercise, one-on-one mentoring, lunch and refreshments, and strolling and taking part in with animals.

This system additionally includes resume constructing, mock interviews, and “increase all these interview abilities that a youngster in all probability normally does not have entry to earlier than they begin searching for a job,” says Alexis Telfair-Garcia, APA!’s Social Work Program Improvement Supervisor—and one of the country’s very first social workers on staff at an animal shelter.

“Pet Friends offers us and our group an urgently-needed alternative to shut the hole between human and animal providers, and develop the following technology of animal welfare leaders,” Alexis says. “We hope, and count on, that this progress received’t cease in Austin, both—however that animal shelters in different communities will begin Pet Friends applications of their very own.”

Social work college students from the College of Texas and St. Edward’s College function mentors for the Pet Friends interns, together with Austin Pets Alive! volunteers.

Dr. Ellen Jefferson, President and CEO of Austin Pets Alive!, says her pleasure for Pet Friends is partially because of partaking the interns within the pressing work of saving the lives of cats and canines—and it’s additionally about serving to these younger animal lovers notice their goals.

“One intern informed us she’s planning to main in animal science to develop into a veterinarian, and believes this program will help her get there. One other stated they have been moved to take part by the dying of a beloved canine, and wanting to save lots of the lives of different animals on this pet’s honor,” she says.

“Pet Friends will open doorways and new paths for our interns, and alter the lives of the cats and canines who they contact with their work. We’re so proud to be a part of the Pet Friends contributors’ journey to do nice issues for individuals and pets.”

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