"Kids Adopt a Shelter" Prepares for Second Anniversary and Holiday Donation Drive
"Kids Adopt a Shelter" is an animal shelter aid organization founded by a young actor named Sean Martin and represented by children and families worldwide. They are collecting donations for animal shelters as they reach their second anniversary and delivering them on Dec. 21, 2013.
Sean decided he wanted to help animal shelters after collecting and dropping off donations at The Little Shelter on Dec. 23, 2011. He created a Facebook page called "Kids Adopt a Shelter," never expecting to gain over 1,000 “likes” in 24 hours. “Kids Adopt a Shelter” presently has over 7,200 Facebook “likes” as well as representatives for New Zealand, Canada, 25 states and over 55 shelters (adopters). This year’s holiday donation drive has 70 shelters and rescues that were “adopted.” “Kids Adopt a Shelter” are preparing for their second anniversary and next worldwide donation delivery on Dec. 21, 2013. Founder Sean Martin and K.A.S. member Mary Tippin are collecting donations for The Little Shelter, Friends of Freddie Pet Rescue, FurBabies Rescue and the Break the Chain Program all based in Long Island, NY. Donations are collected until Dec. 20, 2013. Their Northeast Wisconsin chapter is delivering donations to seven shelters.
Animal shelters need pet food, medicine, toys, blankets, cleaning supplies and more. Specific items can be found on their “Amazon Wish List” - http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/38X14U01W2JUY/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v
More information about the event can be found on their Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/540452469360359/
“Kids Adopt a Shelter’s” mission is “To make sure every shelter; rescue and foster can keep animals comfortable while waiting to be adopted, with the help of fellow kids.” Sean’s ultimate goal is to have every animal shelter, rescue, sanctuary, etc. in the world represented by a “kid.” Petco of Massapequa, NY allows the K.A.S. team to promote the organization and collect donations at their store.
“Kids Adopt a Shelter’s” most recent effort was an online auction that ended Sept. 22. Half of the funds were divided among the K.A.S. chapters to support their donation drives. Money was also donated to New York State Retriever Rescue and Operation OLIVERS, to pay for medical bills for a sick dog. Another “Kids Adopt a Shelter” event was their first Pet Adoption Fashion Show on July 27, 2013. The event had family-friendly activities and rescues and shelters walked their adoptable pets down the runway. It resulted in 15 animal adoptions and raised nearly $1,000. Other efforts include seasonal and emergency donation drives such as for Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornadoes.
Anyone interested can participate as a state (or country) representative, a shelter representative, spreading the word or donating. State and country representatives maintain social media, update lists of their state or country’s shelters and act as the main contact for their state or country. They also report to Sean with feedback of their state or country’s status. “Kid” shelter representatives (or adopters) organize drives and fundraise for their adopted shelter (adoptees). The shelter adopters store and transport donated items, report to their state representative and keep in contact with their shelter to stay aware of their needs. K.A.S. posts animals and shelters that need help as well as educational material on the “Kids Adopt a Shelter” Facebook.
Sean wants other kids to get involved in community service. According to “The Journal of Social Psychology,” study participants who performed a daily act of kindness experienced an increase in life satisfaction. Sean says “Kids like me should learn the joy of giving back. We should stand up for animals that cannot stand up for themselves because animals need a voice, and kids can be that voice.” “Kids Adopt a Shelter” supports messages such as “Adopt Don’t Shop,” “Spay and Neuter,” “Fostering Saves Lives” and ending “Breed Specific Legislation.”
About Sean Martin and “Kids Adopt a Shelter”
Sean Martin is a 13-year-old actor who starred in the film, “Sin Dolor,” and had roles in other films, music videos, voiceovers, television and documentaries. Sean is also a Regional Winner of the 2012 Kohl's Cares Scholarship and a Local Winner of the 2013 Kohl's Cares Scholarship. In 2013, Aug. 5 was declared Sean Martin Day in Nassau County, NY.
Sean loves animals and founded the nonprofit organization, “Kids Adopt a Shelter,” to help animal shelters in December 2011. “Kids Adopt a Shelter” is a network of children and families that are on a mission to comfort and support animals that are in shelters or with rescues. They are a 501(c)(3) organization.
For more information, visit the “Kids Adopt a Shelter” website: http://www.kidsadoptashelter.org/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KidsAdoptaShelter
Sean Martin’s Facebook page is at: http://www.facebook.com/seanmartinposner.