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Friday, September 9, 2016

Simon’s Adopt-A-Pet Birthday Party

For an entire year, Simon had been wanting to be at home for his birthday (last year we were in Israel) and have a birthday party. Gabbie gave him the idea of having a “pet adoption” party, which is something she found on Pinterest – the kids get to adopt stuffed animals and take them home. Because of that idea, I thought it would be fun to have the party somewhere pet related and maybe have the kids learn something about animals too. After a bit of searching, I discovered that Wayside Waifs, a local animal shelter and pet adoption center, does education programs and has a kids-in-action program. I contacted the staff and a birthday party was planned.

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After a brief introduction and question session with our educator, we were given a tour of the dog and cat adoption areas. Some of the kids were covering their ears because some of the dogs barked, which they warned us about ahead of time.

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We got to meet a dog and a cat during the tour.

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The kids-in-action program has each group complete a community service project. We got to spread peanut butter on dog bones and make sandwiches for the dogs. The kids really got into the project!

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Of course, we also had cupcakes!

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Finally, I told the kids they all got to adopt pets to bring home – it was the first time they were all quiet! When I revealed that I actually meant stuffed animals, not real ones, they got excited again.

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I got these animals here.

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I found this adoption certificate here.

Everyone took a turn picking out an animal and giving it a name!

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All in all, I think Simon had a great party, and I love the idea of doing a volunteer project during a birthday party. Also, the program was free! Of course, we gave a donation to thank Wayside Waifs for their time and energy! If possible, I hope to volunteer there again one day!

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