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paw
scouts

Paw Scouts is a program which aims to educate and inspire youth, in their intrinsically curious and compassionate nature, to become active members of the rescue community.

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Through various achievement opportunities, each Scout is invited to  provide comfort and care directly to animals, learn about and reflect on the animal rescue and adoption processes, and connect with other like-minded, animal-loving youth. The program is excited to celebrate how each Paw Scout can truly change the lives of animals with their ideas, activities, and creations. As the Paw Scouts program grows, more achievement opportunities and events will be added. 

 

The Paw Scouts program is intended for any and all curious, compassionate youth - having a resident and/or foster animal is not required to participate. There are several achievement opportunities that don’t require an animal in the home. Siblings, friends, neighbors, teams, and classmates are encouraged to work on achievement goals together - rescue work is rarely done alone, after all! 

Check out the FAQs below to find more details about Paw Scouts, including how to register. Once the registration form is completed, each new Scout will receive an exclusive backpack. In addition to using the backpack to carry leashes, toys, or other rescue gear, it is also where Scouts can add each pin they earn for completed achievements! Welcome to the pack, future leaders of rescue! 

Frequently asked questions

How old do I need to be for Paw Scouts?


There is no age requirement, however the program’s achievements and literary content is recommended for youth aged 4-14 years.




How much is the Paw Scouts registration fee and what does it include?


There is a one-time $25.00 registration fee per Paw Scout. After enrollment, each Scout will receive their exclusive Paw Scouts backpack and instructions for participation which outlines how to reach achievement goals. Certificates and pins are awarded and mailed out as specific achievements are completed.




What is expected of me or my Paw Scout after we sign up?


Each Paw Scout and their family can determine how frequently they wish to participate to complete a new achievement. There aren’t any set timelines or deadlines for participation. Some Scouts might aim to complete one achievement per month, while others might complete several one month while they foster an animal, for example, and then take a break for a while.




Do we need to be a foster family to participate in the Paw Scouts?


Nope! While some of the achievements are based on animal-related tasks, there are several that do not require an animal in the home.




Once an achievement is completed, how do I submit it to SHH?


Once an achievement has been completed, a Parent/Guardian may fill out the Paw Scouts Achievements Form. A certificate or pin will be mailed soon after!




I made blankets, cards, packed food, etc. ... now where do I bring them?


All toys, blankets, cards, and food can be donated to the Secondhand Hounds office at 5959 Baker Rd #390, Minnetonka, MN 55345 and set inside the front vestibule. If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please attach a note to the donation with your name, email address, list of items, and dollar value and SHH will email you a receipt.





Ready to get started?

Paw Scout Registration Form

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Do you currently foster for Secondhand Hounds?
What types of animals do you foster?
Do you have resident animals?
Paw Scout's Special Areas of Interest (check all that apply)
What kind of resident animals do you have? (check all that apply)

Thank you for registering to become a paw scout!

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achievements

completable without access to an animal:

Read Rescue Tales

Read stories from the recommended list of Paw Scouts Rescue Tales. Earn a certificate for reading 5, then 10 books; earn a pin for reaching a total of 15 books. 

Write Rescue Journal

Write and/or draw using the Paw Scouts Rescue Journal Writing Prompts and Worksheets. Earn a certificate for writing 5, then 10 journal responses; earn a pin for reaching a total of 15 journal responses. Option to send images of your favorite Rescue Journal entries to pawscouts@secondhandhounds.org to be shared on Secondhand Hounds social media!

Make Toys

Make toys for foster animals and donate to the rescue. Earn a certificate for making 5, then 10 toys; earn a pin for reaching a total of 15 toys. Toy Ideas: Braided & Square KnotCrinkle  Bottle, 41 DIY Projects for Pets 

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Make Blankets

Make blankets for foster animals and donate to the rescue. Earn a certificate for making 5, then 10 blankets; earn a pin for reaching a total of 15 blankets. Tie Blanket Instructions.

Make Thank You Cards

Color in the provided “thank you” cards and donate to the rescue to be sent to SHH volunteers and partners. Earn a certificate for making 10, then 20 cards; earn a pin for reaching a total of 30 cards. 

Bag Food & Treats

Volunteer to donate and/or bag food and treats at home for foster animals within the rescue. Earn a certificate for volunteering 1, then 2 times; earn a pin for volunteering a total of 3 times.

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to be completed with a resident, foster, or friend's animal (with permission):

Feeding Time

Feed a resident, foster, or a friend’s animal (with permission) for 7 days. Earn a certificate for completing 1, then 2 times; earn a pin for completing a total of 3 times. 

Exercise Time

Walk or exercise your resident, foster, or a friend’s animal (with  permission) for 7 days. Earn a certificate for completing 1, then 2 times; earn a pin for completing a total of 3 times. 

Potty Time

Pick up after and/or scoop the litter box for your resident, foster, or  friend’s animal (with permission) for 7 days. Earn a certificate for completing 1, then 2 times; earn a pin for completing a total of 3 times. 

Training Time

Attend a SHH training class and/or reinforce positive training methods with your resident or foster animal in your daily routine or during a brief training session for 7 days. Earn a certificate for completing 1, then 2 times; earn a pin for completing a total of 3 times.

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Adoption Event

Attend an adoption event (virtual or in-person) with your foster  animal. Earn a certificate for attending 1, then 2 events; earn a pin for attending a total of 3 events. 

Dog Adoption

Foster a dog until adoption. Earn a pin for each dog you save!

Cat Adoption

Foster a cat until adoption. Earn a pin for each cat you save!

Whelp/Queen a Litter

Whelp or queen a momma animal and her litter. Earn a pin for each family you save!