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April 2013

Upcoming Events April 9

Hope for Paws Meeting, Trinity Episcopal Church, 5:30 p.m.

13 Pet Smart Adoption (Youree Drive, Shreveport) From the Director…Thanks to all who helped make our Bloomin’ on the Bricks Fundraiser a success despite the Spring like weather. Also, I am happy to report that two of our older rescues have found forever homes. Sammi, who has been with us from the beginning and Laila, our special needs deaf dog is being fostered. Hope for Paws continues its commitment to the parish and the needs of our rescues. We thank our members, supporters, & volunteers for their continued dedication to our cause. ~Amie’ Bolton

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Five Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Pets

If you have kids, be prepared. For a pet, that is. Every parent of a young child knows that at some point their child will pine for a pet of their own. While that pet will most often be a dog or cat, for a child, any pet -- whether finned, feathered or on all fours -- will provide friendship and teach important life lessons. In researching the top five lessons kids learn from their pets, I sought out the preeminent authorities in the field… my nephews and friends’ children. Lesson 1 – Responsibility “Even though I don’t really like doing it, I have to clean my cat TB’s litter box every day,” said nine-year-old Janette Glaser of Lincoln, Nebraska. “And I have to make sure he has food and clean water too. It’s a lot of work, but TB relies on me to take care of him.” According to American Pet Product Association’s (APPA) 2011-12 National Pet Owners Survey, 58 percent of respondents owning small animals said a key benefit of owning their pet is that their children become more responsible. APPA’s President Bob Vetere explained, "There are so many joys and benefits pets of all types bring to our lives, and they truly help instill responsibility among children—from ensuring they have plenty of food and water to helping them receive daily exercise and play.” Lesson 2 – Communication and Empathy “Sometimes I wonder how my dog Jake feels, but then sometimes I can tell how exactly what he is thinking,” said 10-year-old Ethan Lavelle of Seward, Nebraska about his Jack Russell Terrier. “I can tell how happy he is by how fast he wags his tail and sometimes when he is sad or worried his ears go flat.” continued on page 2

Thank you to the Natchitoches Area Jaycees for their recent donation to NHFP! Pictured is Chad Hancock and Kay Kaufman.


Five Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Pets Continued Children learn the subtle cues their pets give them to indicate their feelings, a lesson they can later apply to human interaction because they are more accustomed to watching for body language. Children who interact with animals also often become curious about the emotions their pets feel. This curiosity often extends itself to the lifelong skill of empathy – feeling the feelings of others, knowing when someone is uncomfortable, and caring enough to change your behavior so that the other person becomes more comfortable. Lesson 3 – Commitment and Dedication "You really have to commit yourself to taking care of a pet,” explained my 11-year-old nephew Kaden Rotunda of Parker, Colorado, when asked about what he has learned from taking care of his pet turtle Blossom. “It's not that easy because you have to clean their cage, exercise it and feed it every day." Giving children age-appropriate chores related to feeding, grooming and cleaning up after the family pet helps them understand what it means to be dependable and conscientious. Taking care of a pet teaches children the importance of being reliable, since the pet is counting on them to provide what they need. Lesson 4 – Respect for Life Kaden’s 9-year-old brother Jett Rotunda, takes a more serious view of the care of his frilled dragon, Muchacho. "I learned that sometimes pets have to die. So I take better care of them because I know I won't have them forever.” Life is short. And unfortunately the life span for most house pets is even shorter. Seeing a pet grow older and eventually die can be traumatic for a child, but it can also help them learn to appreciate life more and live life “in the now.” Lesson 5 – Confidence and Unconditional Love “My dog Daisy loves me even if I am angry and yell at her,” said 7-year-old Gracie Darensburg of San Antonio, Texas. “Luckily she always forgives me and makes me feel better.” Children go through life under constant evaluation—for their behavior, grades and athletic performance. Pets have no such expectations and are just delighted that the child is with them, no judging or rating involved. They love us unconditionally, just as we are, and do not expect us to change. This unconditional and unlimited affection makes children feel special and can instantaneously improve a child’s self-worth and increase their self-confidence. There is no doubt that pets teach children—and adults—life lessons that we might not pick up as quickly or easily somewhere else.

Written by Kristen Levine, Pet Lifestyle Expert http://www.bissell.com/pets/articles/5-life-lessons-kids-can-learn-from-pets/

ADOPTABLE DOGS OF THE MONTH: Beau & Button Meet Beau and Button! Left on a porch when the owners moved, they were seriously ill with worms and very malnourished. Both are feeling much better. Beau is ready for his forever home, while Button needs a little more time with us. They are very sweet and love to sit in your lap!


Natchitoches Hope for Paws Membership Drive & Memorials General Donations $100 +

Memoriam Donations By

Natchitoches Jaycee’s

Jackie Shoback

James & Gwen Stacy

Memoriam Donations By

Michael Roberts

Warren & Susan Massia

Ann Connolly

Becky Palmer

Thomas Grogan

Caroline Boyd

Jeff Reid

Rick and Karen Terrell

Robert & Jamie Terrell

Morgan Gold

Ms. Bret McCarty

Kristie Wager

Connie Weaver

Christinia Cortese Paula Richardson

HAVE YOU JOINED? Begin Natchitoches Hope for Paws Membership today, and enjoy the special rewards of helping our furry four legged friends as well as showing your support for our organization. Through your donation, Natchitoches Hope for Paws will truly “make a difference, one paw print at a time.” As a no-kill facility our primary mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, foster and adopt. Your investment today helps support our spay and neuter program, shelter at a no-kill facility, medical care and evaluation, food and education materials. These types of programs, as you know, are important in enhancing and maintaining a quality animal rescue organization. Membership levels begin at $10 for youth and $30 for adults. We receive no federal, state, or local funding for our life saving medical and rehabilitative programs. Please consider donating today!

Volunteer of the Month: Kay Kaufman Kay has worked at City Bank for 33 years. She is married to Edward Kaufman and they have two children and two beautiful granddaughters. She has been volunteering at Hope For Paws for two years. Kay says "I feel good knowing the ones we rescue are safe and cared for. Every time we adopt one out it gives us a chance to save another one". If you would like to volunteer, please contact Danielle Antoon, Volunteer Coordinator, at 318-663-4489 or at danielleantoon@gmail.com. Volunteers are welcome and needed in many different areas!

PO Box 2552 Natchitoches, LA 71457 www.natchitocheshopeforpaws.org natchitocheshopeforpaws@yahoo.com

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Natchitoches Hope for Paws April 2013 Newsletter