How Your Kids Can Make a Difference in Cats' Lives

From craft projects to reading to cats, here's how you can help
Photos courtesy of SAFE Haven for Cats
SAFE Haven for Cats is a no-kill shelter serving Wake, Durham, Orange and Franklin counties.

If your kids are like most, they adore animals. SAFE Haven for Cats, a no-kill shelter serving Wake, Durham, Orange and Franklin counties, is encouraging children to turn their passion for animals into a positive force for the cats in their communities. With so much work being done to rescue and care for hundreds of cats each year, kids of all ages have a unique opportunity to contribute and make a big difference in cats’ lives.

SAFE Haven has compiled a list of fun and creative ways for kids to get involved. From craft projects to reading to cats, here's how you can help.

DIY Pet Projects

For the creative types, making toys or cat beds can be a great arts and crafts project for a variety of ages! It’s also a great way to learn how cats learn and play. When they are finished with their projects, kids are encouraged to hand-deliver them to the shelter at 8431-137 Garvey Drive in Raleigh so they can see firsthand how their hard work made a difference in a cat’s life. Please call in advance to set up a time for them to visit. An adoption counselor will be there to thank them and give them a tour of the shelter. Visit some of the links below for craft ideas and instructions.

Donation Drives

With so many kitties to care for, SAFE Haven needs a lot of food and supplies that can all be found on an Amazon wish list. Donation drives are a fun way for groups such as schools, Scouts or church organizations to get involved. Kids will learn what items are needed in cat care and how to advertise and encourage people to donate. Children are encouraged to create their own colorful posters, flyers and banners for the drive.

After gathering supplies, encourage children to deliver the items to the shelter so a volunteer or staff member can thank them and give kids a tour. Again, please call ahead of time to schedule a tour.


For the future philanthropic leaders, fundraising events are a great way for kids to learn how to rally a community behind a great cause! They can come up with their own creative events or host a:

  • Car wash
  • Bake sale
  • Lemonade stand
  • Birthday party
  • Athletic tournament

SAFE Haven can supply junior volunteers with informational brochures and the SAFE Haven logo to use for advertising the event.

Event Volunteering

For social butterflies, SAFE Haven has several opportunities to volunteer at events throughout the year. The volunteer coordinator will work with the children to find the best job or activity for them. Opportunities range from distributing information about SAFE Haven to helping move donated items to the shelter. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Complete a volunteer application on the website to get started.

Whiskers & Words

For the bookworms, Whiskers & Words offers children a chance to read aloud to cats. Elementary-school children ages 5-9 can practice their reading skills while helping to socialize shelter cats. Each child will be given an hour to read with his or her cat under parental supervision.

Instill Life-Long Cat Saving Values

SAFE Haven also encourages parents to teach their children about the importance of adoption, spaying and neutering and caring for community cats. Younger generations have a unique opportunity to become champions for cats, helping to end cat homelessness and make the world a better place for these furry friends.

For more information about these opportunities, contact Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Batchelor at or call  919-341-4103.

Source: Safe Haven for Cats


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