We appreciate students who choose to learn more about Animal Friends for school projects!

This might include teaching your classmates about:

  • How Animal Friends helps homeless pets
  • The importance of spaying/neutering to fight pet overpopulation in
    southwestern Pennsylvania
  • The positive behavior training our residents receive
  • Our work rescuing animals who have been neglected or abused
  • How we help people in the community through programs such as
    • Pet Therapy
    • Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank
    • Low-Cost Vaccine and Microchip Clinics
    • Other topics that relate to Animal Friends or companion animals in
      southwestern Pennsylvania

Note: Animal Friends does not offer job shadowing opportunities.

Some suggested steps for completing a school project about Animal Friends:

  1. Narrow down your topic.
  2. Lean as much as you can about Animal Friends from the various sections of Animal Friends’ website.
  3. Look at Animal Friends’ annual report, paying particular attention to sections that relate to your topic.
  4. Watch a few videos on Animal Friends’ YouTube channel to learn more about specific aspects of our work. Here, you can search for topics such as overpopulation, abuse, therapy or compassion.
  5. If needed, come to Animal Friends during our regular hours to take photos of the animals who are living here. Click here for more information about this option.
  6. If needed, contact the Education Coordinator to schedule a private tour or for guidance on your project.

Our Education Coordinator will be happy to provide a reasonable number of supplies free of charge to students who are giving speeches or presentations about Animal Friends in their classrooms. Requests for supplies should be emailed at least a week in advance.

We can provide Animal Friends stickers and – if they are available – students can come to our campus during our regular hours to pick up copies of Animal Friends’ Petsburgh Magazine to be given to classmates.

Contacting the Education Coordinator

Dear student,

Thank you for choosing Animal Friends or animal welfare as a topic for your school project. Below is information you need to know about contacting Animal Friends.

The Education Coordinator, a certified teacher, is the staff member responsible for helping students with school projects (other than senior projects). She is available Tuesday – Saturday via email/phone or by appointment for in-person visits.

Communication about school projects must come from the student him/herself. (Parent/guardian communication will be accepted on behalf of students who are intellectually disabled.)

I hope you will use your project as an opportunity to practice good communication etiquette:

  • making a phone call to someone new
  • taking notes during a phone call
  • leaving a detailed voicemail message
  • sending an email that is written in an appropriate manner

Email or telephone communication is preferred (as opposed to letters). Students who are required to write business letters for their school project should include a phone number or email address to which the Education Coordinator can respond.

Some school assignments require students to conduct an interview. Interview questions that are submitted may or may not all be answered depending upon the quality of the individual questions and number of questions being asked. Animal Friends’ annual report is a great source of information about our work and should be used to prepare your questions.  Please do not ask questions that are already answered in the annual report. The Education Coordinator will facilitate all requests for interviews. Our medical and animal wellness staff members are very busy taking care of the 250 animals in our facility and cannot accept student interviews.

Requests for meetings or interviews should be submitted at least one week in advance. A student’s procrastination on a school project is not an adequate reason for inconveniencing a staff member. We are not able to accommodate drop-in or last minute requests.

Please allow two business days (keeping in mind that the Education Coordinator is off on Sundays and Mondays) for responses to email or phone calls in the event that the Education Coordinator is teaching off-site.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dana Schultz, M. Ed.
Education Coordinator
DSchultz@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org
412.847.7033

Senior projects

Our Volunteer Department assists students with senior projects. Please click here for more information.