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HRA's Youngest Supporters

The Humane Rescue Alliance is fortunate to have supporters of all ages, with HRA's humane education program emphasizing kindness, compassion, and responsibility to thousands of young people each year. We continue to be inspired the young people in our community as they work hard and find creative ways to support the animals of the District and the programs and services of the Humane Rescue Alliance. 


Making an Impact at Any Age

D.C. International School eighth graders Ana Isabel, Anya, and Athziri came together to raise money for HRA in the spring of 2018.

"We hope to make people aware of the importance of microchipping their pets," they said. "Because not everyone has the money to do this, we're selling homemade dog biscuits and a few cat toys to help raise money."

DC International School students supporting HRA

They sold their baked goods at the Takoma Park Farmer's Market and raised an incredible $337 for the Humane Rescue Alliance Medical Center. Thank you Ana Isabel, Anya, and Athziri!



Young HRA supporters

When seven-year-old Nico started receiving an allowance, which is divided into three categories: save, spend, and share. He decided to donate his share money ($8.11) to the Humane Rescue Alliance, where his family cat was adopted from years ago. Wildlife Specialist, Cindy Velasquez, accepted the donation and presented Nico with a certificate of appreciation.

Zoey too was excited to support the animals of the Humane Rescue Alliance with a portion of her allowance. HRA's President and CEO, Lisa LaFontaine, was on hand to accept Zoey's incredibly generious donation after a tour of the adoption center, where she saw first hand where her donation will be put to use to help the animals in our care. 

Thank you Nico and Zoey!



A few days after her time at HRA's Caring Kids Camp, Lily returned to the HRA Oglethorpe Street adoption center to bring a $78 donation. Lily and her friend, Ella, started a neighborhood dog-walking business more than a year ago. The young entrepreneurs and animal lovers decided to donate their profits to the Humane Rescue Alliance to help "dogs in need." Thank you, Lily and Ella!



The cozy critter beds that Girl Scout Troop 44039 made for the animals at HRA are perfect for snuggling. The soft, no-sew beds are just one of the many creature comforts that all companion animals should enjoy. Learn more about youth volunteer projects that can be completed at home. 



HRA’s humane education program reached 2,700 youngsters in 2017, including these kind young men from Whittier Educational Campus. They are part of an after school group learning about kindness through animal interactions and educational talks. When Show Your Soft Side sent posters featuring their idols -- athletes like New England Patriots’ Lawrence Guy, New Orleans Saints’ Senio Kelemete, and Baltimore Ravens’ Ryan Jensen and Ronnie Stanley -- the boys were inspired to create their own. HRA’s Director of Humane Education, Debbie Duel, got to work and arranged for the kids to come to the Humane Rescue Alliance to have their photos taken with adoptable animals.

Using those photos, the boys created their own educational posters, including HRA's animal emergency phone number and information, and hung them around their school. We are so proud to be involved in the cultivation of kindness in one of the community’s youngest populations!



Eagle Scout Tommy, along with his dad Ed, dropped off 11 handmade Kuranda beds at our New York Avenue adoption center. They had been working on the project since last summer - measuring, testing, and constructing each bed - and recently finished. Our shelter dogs were using them and loving life immediately. Thank you Tommy, Ed, and everyone who helped in constructing the beds for our animals!

Posted by Alix John at 9:00 AM