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

Mar 30, 2023

Austin Pets Alive! has lengthy been recognized for innovating, collaborating, and sharing our data of the way 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 Buddies, our model new program for at-risk and susceptible 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 required expertise and expertise to work in animal sheltering—together with at Austin Pets Alive!.

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

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

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

“Pet Buddies 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 gained’t cease in Austin, both—however that animal shelters in different communities will begin Pet Buddies packages of their very own.”

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

Dr. Ellen Jefferson, President and CEO of Austin Pets Alive!, says her pleasure for Pet Buddies is partially attributable to participating 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 instructed us she’s planning to main in animal science to turn out to be a veterinarian, and believes this program can assist her get there. One other stated they had been moved to take part by the demise of a beloved canine, and wanting to save lots of the lives of different animals on this pet’s honor,” she says.

“Pet Buddies 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 Buddies contributors’ journey to do nice issues for individuals and pets.”

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