Never underestimate just how persuasive the words of an 8-year-old can be. Especially when they’re written in crayon on behalf of shelter animals hoping to get adopted.
As you may have guessed these personalised notes resulted in a massive spike in adoption rates for pups who were least likely to get adopted.
Who could resist a note like this “If you do adopt me, I hope I will brighten up your Sundays like the sun. You’ll be my Sunday Special, and I hope I’ll be yours!”
Kensey Jones is a second-grade teacher at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Richmond and also volunteers at the Richmond Animal Care and Control. She was struggling to think of a writing assignment until she had a breakthrough moment to try and boost adoption rates by letting the students be their voice.
When speaking with the Washington Post Kensey said, “The idea just came to me to connect persuasive writing with these adoptable pets that need a forever home, a way that I could make their writing real for [the students], and actually make an impact on the world and our Richmond community.”
Her manager at the shelter loved the idea as this shelter, in particular, sees a high adoption rate of about 3 weeks but animals with medical problems can take much longer and face being euthanized if the problem is serious enough.
Another student wrote, “Hi, my name is Cody. I would love to be adopted, I would like a loving, caring family with a big fenced-in yard. Please be my owner!”.
This assignment was a huge success with 21 out of the 24 hard-to-adopt animals finding new homes.
Danielle Petrosk, a second-grader said, “All dogs deserve a loving home, I am so very happy to be able to help neglected animals find great forever families.”
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