To receive a signature on student service learning (SSL) or other student service paperwork, carefully follow the instructions below. It is your responsibility to know if this project will be an accepted source of SSL hours. We cannot sign forms that assert we were physically present for your service.
Thanks for understanding that signing SSL forms is at staff discretion. We aren’t able to grant hours for items that were made improperly or will be unsafe for the animals. By following the above directions, you ensure your contribution will be of the maximum help to the animals.
The following projects can be completed offsite and delivered to our 71 Oglethorpe Street NW location upon completion. We are open Tuesday- Sunday, 12 – 7 pm.
We are currently most in need of wire cat teaser toys. Click the title of each project for instructions. These projects are listed in increasing order of difficulty, so scroll down to the bottom of this page for more of a challenge!
SSL hours equivalent: 3 blankets = 1 hour
No sew blankets are easy to make and they keep our dogs and cats comfy and warm during their stay with us. You can make small ones for the cats and bigger ones for the dogs.
SSL hours equivalent: 2 toys = 1 hour
Dog rope toys are great for heavy chewers and for the dogs to play with while they wait to be adopted. Made from any old t-shirt and a tennis ball, these toys are interactive, durable, and machine washable. Please be sure to make the braids nice and tight!
SSL hours equivalent: 4 pillows = 1 hour
Use the t-shirt scraps left over from making the dog throw and tug toys to make these huggable toys our cats lick, kick, and enjoy for countless hours. Catnip toys enrich the lives of the cats at our adoption centers.
SSL hours equivalent: 1 mat = 2 hour
It is no secret that dogs and cats have an amazing sense of smell and they want to use it! These interactive mats allow our animals to sniff out hidden treats. Fun challenges like snuffle mats help keep our animals happy and engaged while in our care and, therefore, at their most adoptable. It’s so much more rewarding to hunt for your snack first!
Uses sharp tools and materials—not recommended for children
SSL hours equivalent: 4 toys = 1 hour
This project may take a few more supplies and a little more skill to make, but the payoff is huge. Cats love these simple toys made of wire and twists of paper! The movement of the pieces of paper at the end of a wire attracts a cat's attention and awakens their natural instinct to hunt. Once caught and released, the paper springs back and bounces around erratically on the wire mimicking prey and making for hours of self-sustaining entertainment. Buy a similar toy here.
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