We worked with Second Chance Animal Shelter to develop a monthly giving program and create a “case for support” that can be used in their fundraising efforts. Ultimately, we aim to raise community awareness of and support for their subsidized veterinary services. Recognizing how expensive medical care is for rescues that do not have an in-house veterinarian, Second Chance Animal Shelter will pay it forward by offering reduced-cost or free medical care to another organization in need.
Great results include writing a winning grant proposal in response to the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation’s call for research proposals to investigate the health outcomes of animal-assisted activities, for both the people and animals involved. We worked with the Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies to design the study and then crafted the proposal, which focused on testing the effectiveness of Listening EARS, a classroom-based program that uses small animals (i.e., rabbits and guinea pigs)—that may already be in classrooms—to help children to improve reading proficiency. The study will advance knowledge about how interaction with an animal can improve third grade students’ oral fluency and reading comprehension. It also offers the potential to demonstrate the effectiveness of a program that includes small animals as an alternative to trained dogs. HABRI awarded the Association more than $13,000 to conduct the study.
Making Good Work is helping Friends of Nature to develop a strategic plan and launch a website. And in true pay-it-forward style, Evan Karatzas, Founder and Director of Proximity Lab, is providing pro bono website design services.