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Learning about the saints is a perfect opportunity to teach youngsters to be aware of the importance of animals. Saint Francis considered all animals “brothers” and“sisters” because they were created from the same heavenly Father. The lives of these saints have taught us that God’s creatures are family to us. As stewards of creation, we should care for them like family, assisting them, protecting them, and advocating for their welfare.
If youngsters are nurtured and encouraged to model the saint’s ministry to all creatures, then they will become compassionate and kinder individuals to all of creation — including humankind.
Practical Ideas To Become Saint-sational Keeper Of The Earth:
1. Design a special spot in your back yard for a butterfly or bird sanctuary. Lovely to look at and a safe haven for God’s feathered and flying creatures.
2. Make sure pets have I.D.‘s and are spaded and neutered. Be sure your pet has a veterinarian to have regular healthcare checkups.
3. Be a wise shopper. Support products and services that respect animals lives.
4. If you live in a state that may require natural disaster evacuation, be prepared with a kit for your pets and a plan of safety for them.
5. Be a community leader and get involved in animal projects to support our furry, finned, and feathered friends.
Here Are A Few “Fur” Raising Ideas:
a. Furry Friends Food Drive — Select a day to collect non-perishable food items to be given to animal shelters.
b. Toys For Pups — Lead a toy drive for toys and supplies for training dogs.
c. Miss Kitty’s Kitchen — Sponsor a drive for cat food, health supplies,and toys.
d. Pooch Spa Clinic — Lead a drive to collect grooming needs for our canie friends.
e. Conduct pledge drives and ask for donations to help abandoned animals.
f. Pledge drive can be minutes reading books, minutes away from technology, walking, swimming, and yes, even studying.
g. Sponsor bake sales that focus on selling pet treats, supplies, toys, blankets, and food.
h. Contact homeless shelters regarding their policy on families who also have pets. Donate proceeds from your event.
6. Purchase cruelty-free cosmetics and household products.
7. Adopt a pet from a local animal shelter or rescue group.
8. Work with your local parish to encourage a “blessing” of pets day.
9. Hold a Saints And Holy Creatures Day on All Saints Day. Children can come dressed as a saint who loved animals and tell his or her story.
Encouraging youngsters to be good stewards is a blessing and prayer for the whole universe.
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