A critical component of the AAC mission and one of our goals is to provide education and awareness about the homeless pet population issue and and to offer solutions to address this problem. We hope to help shatter the many negative stereotypes about abandoned animals, encourage and help people to choose to adopt instead of purchasing a pet, to educate people about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets, and to encourage people to become involved with organizations that promote animal welfare. Together we believe we can put an end to the unnecessary killing of adoptable animals, and we envision a future where there are no more homeless pets.
We are proud to partner with local organizations to create off- site adoption events which allow the animals, potential adopters, and staff to interact in a social environment while raising community awareness of homeless pets. Some of the notable events we have been part of are the Pearl Street Bagels Adoption Day, Pets Place Plus adoption events, the Snow King Winter Bazaar, Home 4 the Holidays, Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities, Jackson Hole Peoples Market, Subaru Share the Love and the 4th of July Parade.
At the AAC, we offer innovative ways for children and young adults to become involved with animal welfare by working closely with local youth programs and giving them the chance to interact one-on- one with our animals. Teen Power, GAP Girls, C-V, Summit High School, Journey School and other mentor and scholastic programs are a few of the groups that visit the AAC frequently. The continued visits from schools and youth groups provide excellent opportunities to educate young adults about the importance of rescue, adoption and spay/neuter.
The AAC is also included in Teton County School District’s CREST program. CREST “…“Community + Recreation = Enrich Student’s Time” — the district says the program “offers children the unique opportunity to learn from dynamic professionals and local community partners and participate in project-based learning.” Thanks to TCSD, the AAC gets to teach the youth about animal rescue.