Teens Interested in Animal Welfare

The Pennsylvania SPCA is partnering with Exploring, a hands-on career shadowing program for teens and young adults, to offer a new volunteer program for teens interested in learning more about careers in the field of animal welfare.

“We are excited to work with the Exploring organization to offer this valuable program to the public,” said Marc Peralta, chief operating officer at the Pennsylvania SPCA.  “This program will complement our vibrant adult volunteer program, and is a great way for students to learn about different careers in animal welfare while performing valuable volunteer work at the Pennsylvania SPCA.”

Young people ages 16-20 are invited to attend an open house of the new Animal Welfare Post 1867 (350 E. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia) on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m.   Teens under the age of 18 should attend with their parent or guardian.  Following the open house, participants will take part in a six-week educational series from 4 to 6 p.m. every other Wednesday through August 8 (except July 4). Each session will feature a different topic in animal welfare and introduce participants to various careers including animal care attendant, veterinary medicine, humane law enforcement and animal training among others.  Following the educational session each week, students will have an hour of hands-on volunteering activity working alongside the staff of the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Exploring is a hands-on shadowing program for teens operated through the Learning for Life program of the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts of America. Some of Philadelphia’s most visible businesses volunteer their efforts and knowledge and invite students to come to their offices behind the scenes and learn the details of pursuing an education and career in their specialty fields.  Exploring is open to all interested students in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties.

Space is limited.  To learn more about the Animal Welfare Explorers Post 1867, contact Tiffany Minicozzi, Exploring & Learning for Life Executive, at 484-654-9223 or via E-mail at tminicozzi@colbsa.org or visit the Web site www.careerexploring.org.

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About the Pennsylvania SPCA:

Since 1867, the Pennsylvania SPCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered at 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, has been dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and rescuing animals from abuse and neglect. The Pennsylvania SPCA’s lifesaving programs for animals include a low-cost veterinary clinic, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet adoption facilities, and the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department. For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering, please call 215.426.6300 or visit www.pspca.org.

About Exploring:

Exploring is a hands-on shadowing program for teens. Some of Philadelphia’s most visible businesses volunteer their efforts and knowledge and invite students to come to their offices behind the scenes and learn the details of pursuing an education and career in their specialty fields.  Exploring is open to all interested students in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties. To learn more visit www.careerexploring.org.