The AAC believes education about animal welfare is a critical step in our effort to realize an America with no homeless animals. By teaching youth and school groups about animal welfare, the AAC encourages a love of animals from a young age, discourages negative stereotypes about homeless animals and promotes the importance of spay/neuter and adoption.
There are several ways youth of our commumity can interact with the AAC from volunteering once a week, working as an intern over summer vacation to the Teton County School District’s CREST program. Teen Power, GAP Girls, C-V, Summit High School, Journey School and other mentor and scholastic programs are a few of the groups that have visited the AAC recently. If you are interested in collaborating with the AAC to educate your youth group, please call 307.739.1881.
All families who adopt a puppy will also receive one complimentary training session and all families who adopt an adult dog can call the Dog Trainer with questions and/or to set up an owner-funded training session as needed. The AAC adopts out over one hundred puppies a year and because puppies require extra patience and training, we started Puppy Play: a safe and fun opportunity for newly adopted puppies to socialize with other dogs once a week until they are twenty weeks old. Puppy Play is supervised by AAC staff and the in-house Dog Trainer who are there to facilitate healthy play, educate adopters on their puppy’s personality and play style, and answer puppy training questions. Often, Puppy Play is a place for puppies to play with their siblings who were also recently adopted. In 2020, the AAC added a full time Cat Care Specialist to the team. The Cat Care Specialist takes care of the adoptable cats, establishing strong relationships with each one to learn their personality and prioritize any training necessary. Once a cat is adopted, the Cat Care Specialist is available to assist in integrating the cat into their new home with training tips and lifestyle suggestions.
In 2014, the AAC launched the Wyoming Shelter Project: an initiative to provide animal shelters with the resources needed to spay/neuter every animal that goes through their program. What started with the Rock Springs Animal Shelter has grown to ten shelters participating in the Wyoming Shelter Project because of how quickly there was a significant reduction in the number of animals entering the shelters.