2012 – 2013 Dollars for Collars

Sponsored by:

The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley

Project Champion:

Brittany Farrell

What are the appropriate grade levels:

K to 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:
Is there an opportunity for community service:

Yes – Up to the participants

Is this a new or existing project:

This is a new project.

Estimated project cost:




The goal of this project is to work to make sure every animal has identification so that they can all get back home if they are lost. Collars are a very important way to help the Shelter return lost pets to their homes. Without a collar, the Shelter is often unable to locate a lost animal?s owners, so the dog or cat ends up homeless and at the Shelter. By helping the Shelter provide free collars, identification tags and microchips, the students would be directly helping animals get back home.

Last year, the Animal Shelter reunited 259 lost animals with their owners, sometimes after a lot of effort and time spent trying to find them. While that’s a lot of animals we were able to reunite with their families, 220 more were never claimed. How many of those might have been able to go home if they had proper identification?

The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley can only remain no-kill if it has space to house the homeless animals who need our help. Filling the shelter up with the animals that already have homes but can?t get reunited with their families because they have no ID takes up space for those animals who are really in need of the shelter. Identification on all animals helps ensure that the Shelter will always have space to house the animals in need.

For this project students can donate their funds to purchase collars, tags, and microchips that will be given to new adopters of dogs and cats or to re-claimed impounded animals who didn?t have any identification.

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Classrooms who have adopted this project

Community School
Tricia St. George
31 students

Wood River Middle School
6th & 7th
Melanie Schrader
20 students