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Local kids draw pictures to help shelter animals get adopted

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 19:29:02-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Animals come through the doors of the Nebraska Humane Society on a daily basis. They then wait to be adopted, and some have to wait longer than others. In order to help, young artists are picking up crayons and putting them to use.

The kids gather for "Kindness Camp" which allows kids to draw pictures to hang on the cages of animals waiting to be adopted. "People just see those signs and they are more drawn to a cage that has something there saying hey look at me," says Tammy Conroy, Director of Education at N.H.S. "The kids really enjoy knowing that they are helping these animals find a family and a home and a place to live."

The signs have pictures, and messages like "Adopt Me Please" written on them. The placement of the pictures can also be strategic. "A lot of times we'll find people putting these kennel buddies signs on kennels of animals that have been here a long period of time or maybe a pair such as Ben & Jerry some of our rats that are up for adoption," says Conroy.

N.H.S. also says the pictures help the kids with their literacy by sounding out and spelling the words they write.

The kids hope the pictures catch the eye of those looking for rescue pets, in helping them get a forever home.