At ARC, we are constantly learning about new organizations saving homeless animals, and we’re forging partnerships with the best of them. We collaborate with our shelter partners on fundraising and education events, and we believe fully in the amazing work they do — every single day — to help save animals and spread awareness about pet adoption. The people who run these shelters are examples of empathy in action! Learn more about our current shelter partners below, and help them continue the good work they do:
LOCATION: Stamford, CT
WHAT THEY DO: Animals-R-Family is a foster-based, all-volunteer rescue. They pull at-risk animals from overcrowded high-kill shelters in the Carolinas, often taking on medical cases that require a significant financial investment. They advocate for animals of all ages and breeds.
LEARN MORE: Visit the Animals-R-Family Facebook page to discover more about their adoptable pets and initiatives.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Animals-R-Family is always looking for foster homes for dogs waiting for their forever homes. To foster, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate for animal medical needs and animal transport, visit https://www.animalsrfamily.org/donate.
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Below are just some of the studies that underscore the importance of bringing children and animals together:
Children who are given the opportunity to bond with animals benefit from greater self-esteem. Bierer, R.E. (2001). The relationship between pet bonding, self-esteem and empathy in preadolescents. Dissertation Abstracts International, 61 (11-B), 6183).
Children who bond with animals have higher empathetic development than their counterparts who do not enjoy animal bonds. Faver, C. (2010). School-based humane education as a strategy to prevent violence: Review and recommendations. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 365-370.
Empathetic children tend to be more resilient, and better able to handle stress and challenging situations. Parker, G.R. (1989), Correlates of resilience in children who have experienced multiple stressful life events. Dissertations Abstracts International, 50(4-B), 1653-1654.
Youth violence and aggression as “learned behaviors influenced by the presence or absence of empathy and those behaviors will continue to escalate in severity unless treated.” Sprinkle, J.E (Jan. 1 2008), Animals, Empathy and Violence, Sage Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 1.
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