Kids Who Care

Even though we can’t accept volunteers under the age of 16, there’s still plenty kids can do to help the APA Adoption Center!

Getting kids involved in helping animals teaches teamwork, the value of community, and the everlasting importance of the human/animal bond. With the support of teachers, parents, or other important adults, children identify the ways in which they want to help improve the lives of animals at the APA. This could include collecting items from our wish list, making dog treats, hosting a lemonade stand or other fundraiser, or any other idea they come up with! Below are some great examples to get you started.

Hold a towel drive

Gather clean towels and sheets from family, friends and neighbors and donate them to the APA Adoption Center. Towels and sheets are used for the animals to snuggle up or after surgery to make the animals more comfortable. We use a LOT of towels.

Collect newspapers

We put newspapers in the bottom of our puppy kennels to help with cleanup.

Have a party for pets

Ask each guest to bring a dog toy or cat toy and then donate them to the APA Adoption Center. The animals will share in the fun. Refer to our current wish list for both big and small items needed at the shelter.

Organize a bake sale or yard sale

Contribute the money you make to the APA Adoption Center. We can use it to buy toys and lots of other things the animals need!

Keep pets and people together

Do you know someone who is sick or a senior citizen in need of some help? Why not help them by feeding, walking or brushing their pet? It can be fun for everyone and will keep that pet at home where he belongs.


Like Making Things? Pets Love Homemade Items! Look below for instructions, pictures and patterns for some of the items our animals like to use while staying at the Adoption Center.

No-Sew Fleece Cat Bed

This is an easy project for any age. Our cats and kittens love ‘em!  They also make a great project for the Brownie Pets Badge.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Sharp sewing or craft scissors
  • Ruler
  • Inexpensive tape or masking tape that doesn’t have much stick
  • Two pieces of 18” to 24” square fleece the same size per blanket – try mixing colors and prints for a festive look.

Steps to Make:

  1. Lay out fabric squares with the “best” side of the bottom piece facing down, and the best side of the top piece facing up.
  2. On the top piece, line tape 4” from each edge as the “cut-to” line. Each corner will end up with a square where the tape crosses. Cut that square through both layers of fabric and discard the corners or use them for another project.
  3. With the fabric still stacked and laying out flat, cut fringe around the edges through both layers. Cuts should be about one-inch apart and just to the tape line. You don’t need to be exact. Cut all the way around.
  4. Starting at one corner, lift the first set of fringe (a tab from the top layer and a tab from the bottom layer) and tie the pieces together in a simple knot.
  5. Peel off the tape when you are done. Your bed is ready for purring!

Cat Quilts

Our kitties are not particular about the color or design on their quilts, so feel free to be creative with your materials. Ideally, the quilts will be very soft and made of fabric similar to a baby blanket or flannel. The quilts do need some light batting in-between the layers, which can be found at any fabric or craft store. The batting should be sewn to the fabric throughout the whole quilt, otherwise when it is washed the batting will bunch at one end of the quilt.

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The “mice” do not have to be mouse shaped, so use your imagination! They can be circles, squares, balls, or triangles. The shape is not important. The inside of the “mouse” is stuffed with poly-fill and a bit of catnip. Our cats LOVE these toys. Just make sure the tail and other attachments are sewn on securely. Felt makes a terrific material for this project.

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Baby Socks

The baby sock cat toys are stuffed with batting and can have catnip in them. You might want to look for used socks from a thrift shop or do a “sock” drive. Feel free to color or decorate them with kid-safe magic markers.

Dog Scarves

Dog scarves need to be a 21” x 21” square that is then cut diagonally to make two triangles. Scarves can be decorated with kid safe magic marker if you want to get creative! The edges do not need to be hemmed, but they do need to be pinked to keep from unraveling.

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Explore Current Opportunities

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