According to the East Bay SPCA, a private non‐profit animal shelter, the number of surrendered pets doubled from 2008‐2012 increasing from 1,767 surrendered animals to 3,585. The reasons pets are surrendered are varied and include financial constraints, overpopulation, housing restrictions, neglect, and abuse.
How will 4-H Help?
Through partnership with the EBSPCA, 4‐H can help reduce the number of surrendered pets and increase knowledge in Alameda County by offering a pet preparation program: 4-H Responsible Pet Ownership 101 will provide a hands‐on educational program for elementary aged youth promoting compassion, empathy, healthcare and responsibility along with knowledge of the costs and benefits of pet ownership. 4-H members will have a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the many tools, programs, and resources available to the community on pet ownership and the project will also encourage local youth in Oakland/East Bay (Alameda County) to join 4‐H to increase their knowledge of pets/animals and to get other life skills including leadership and citizenship.