2012 – 2013 Marmaduke Society

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 an existing project.

Estimated project cost:




A class becomes a member of our Marmaduke Society giving circle. The class is assigned a shelter dog and cat for a ?virtual? adoption for the school year. Their collective funds as a class go to supporting their shelter animals through their stay at the shelter.

Additional ways to expand this project:

  1. Pen pal project: Each week their shelter animal can show and tell the class (via email correspondence and pictures to the teacher) what life is like at the shelter and teach them about what the shelter does. Students in turn can write letters to their shelter animals and draw pictures for them. This provides students with a pen pal experience and encourages their creative writing skills. When one of their animals is adopted they can write a class letter to the new owners thanking them for adopting their class pet.
  2. Marketing project: The class can work to help the shelter market their ?virtual? pets in creative ways. They can make posters advertising their shelter pets, help with online marketing, pet of the week feature for the paper, etc. We welcome any idea from the class to help our animals get more exposure to potential adopters.
  3. Donor book project: The Marmaduke Society is a long-term major giving circle, with many donors who have been members for years and have helped a lot of animals find their forever homes. A class could make a tremendous impact on these donors by compiling small books that show the history of all the donors? previous virtual pets who have been adopted thanks to their support. These books could take many different shapes, depending on the age of the classes choosing this opportunity. Younger children could draw pictures and write the names of the adopted animals and put books together by hand. Older ones could do the project on the computer, using actual photos of the animals and interviewing staff to find out tidbits about their histories, etc. Marmaduke Society members would love these books and by helping us thank the donors and show them the impact of their investment in the Animal Shelter, the kids would be helping ensure their continued support and increase the Shelter?s ability to care for all the homeless animals who need it.

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Classrooms who have adopted this project

Community School
Hannah Young
35 students

Pioneer Montessori
1st, 2nd and 3rd
Carolan McAvoy
19 students

Hailey Elementary
Jenny Murphy, Laurie Roark and Andi Anderson
60 students