The P.E.T.s program is dedicated to humane education and focuses on teaching children about animal awareness, care and safety and a literacy assistance program where children build their reading skills and confidence by reading to our dogs.
Children ranging from preschool to high school receive an educational opportunity to not only learn ways to properly and responsibly care for their own pets, but to also interact with rescue dogs from New Leash On Life and see first hand the benefits of shelter rehabilitation and training. By visiting classrooms and educational venues, children experience first hand the benefits of rescuing and caring for a homeless animal. Furthermore, children have the opportunity to learn life-saving safety techniques when meeting a new or strange dog.
At New Leash On Life, it is of extreme concern and priority that both child and animal interact with one another in the safest way. According to statistics at DogBiteLaw.com, “The vast majority of biting dogs (77%) belong to the victim's family or a friend.” Statistics also show that the odds of the bite victim being a child under the age of 10 years are 3.2 to 1. Strategies including how to approach a strange dog by reading its behavior and body language to learning about the immense responsibility of owning a pet are presented in fun and creative ways such as coloring books, movies, and interacting with NLOL dogs. At New Leash On Life, we believe in breaking down the language barrier between human and dog so that dog ownership is a pleasurable experience for everyone involved. We hope to ensure the dog stays with the family it loves and out of the shelter.
Our goal is to provide the public with an understanding of the importance of spaying and neutering in an ever-increasing overpopulation of stray pets. We also hope to instill the benefits of dog obedience training and the positive effects it has on both animal and human. By demonstrating various training techniques and offering behavioral education, it is our hope that those considering the relinquishing of their current pet will ultimately opt to continue to provide their animal companion with love and compassion.
New Leash On Life is dedicated to rescuing those dogs who need it most. By incorporating the public into our efforts, we are sure to make a positive impact not only for ourselves, but most importantly for those rightfully known as Man’s Best Friend.