Kid Governor Makhi Ettienne-Modeste is committed to his Protecting Our Pets platform and raising awareness of showing kindness towards companion animals and pets.
The third point of Makhi’s platform focuses on encouraging donations to local animal organizations (shelters, humane societies, animal control units, rescues, etc.) to help animals that have been abused.
Makhi has researched how communities can support their local animal organizations and hopes that your class, school, family, camp, or community organization will participate in this point of his platform! Continue reading for Makhi’s tips and ideas for supporting an animal organization in your community.
Send photos and information about your collection drive to Makhi@CT.KidGovernor.org.
- Learn about showing kindness towards companion animals – Before supporting your local animal organization, watch Makhi’s “Protecting Our Pets” Educational Program (March 2022). Experts from the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Control Unit at the Connecticut Humane Society share the signs of animal abuse and ways to show kindness towards companion animals.
- Identify your local animal organization – Dog Lover’s Digest has a list of Connecticut Rescue Shelters and Organizations that will help you identify animal organizations in your community!
- Hang winning poster contest design to raise awareness – Makhi’s “Protecting Our Pets” Poster Contest invited 5th graders to submit artwork that answered the question: How can kids show kindness towards pets and companion animals at home or in shelters? The winning poster was created by Danielle Chrostowski from Greenwich Catholic School in Greenwich. Download Danielle’s winning poster to raise awareness of your collection drive and to promote kindness towards pets!
COLLECT Items to Donate!
You can support your local animal organization by holding a collection drive!
Through his research and conversations with staff at animal organizations, Makhi learned that every animal organization has different needs and many have a wish list on their website. Use Dog Lover’s Digest’s list of Connecticut Rescue Shelters and Organizations to identify an animal organization in your community, visit the organization’s website, and look for a wish list with their current needs!
Some of the most common items animal organizations need include:
- Blankets and towels
- Cat litter
- Cat and dog food (unopened), but ask the organization which brand of food they use
- Pet toys
Image: Mrs. Gherard’s 5th grade class at A. W. Hanmer Elementary School in Wethersfield poses with the items they collected and donated to a local animal organization in support of Kid Governor Makhi’s platform! They collected pet toys, blankets, food, and more.
MAKE Items to Donate!
Makhi also learned through his research that you can also make items to donate to animal organizations! Click the links below for videos that will teach you how to make a variety of crafts using items found around your house. These items are fun to make with your class, your friends, or your family! Before making an item, remember to contact your local animal organization to make sure they will accept it.
- Bird toys
- Cat scratcher
- Cat toys (paper)
- Cat toys (balls)
- Dog toys
- Guinea pig toys
- Ferret tunnels
- Pet bananas
“Being kind to pets in your community is really important. Pets are very similar to us and they have feelings, too. Many animals in shelters and humane societies were probably in a bad situation and organizations need our help to help these animals. Fifth graders and entire communities can make a big difference by donating to their local animal organizations.”
– Kid Governor Makhi Ettienne-Modeste