As most know, my husband and I have decided not to have children - this is not to say that we do not like children - on the contrary, we both really like children. One of the many reasons we are not having children is because we feel we can make a bigger impact on our community and our community's children without having any of our own.
Due to this life choice, I usually enjoy an opportunity to interact with kids whether it's offering to babysit for a friend or taking Angel to meet a group of kindergarten kids. That's why I jumped at the chance to volunteer at the juvenile detention center through Indy Pit Crew.
I went to orientation a little over a week ago, and I am STOKED! We will have the opportunity to provide a much needed break from the students' ordinarily strict schedules to discuss animal issues. Eventually, the goal is to bring a dog to include in the program, and I think I know a dog who just might be interested : )
I'm looking forward to showing the kids how wonderful a pittie can be as a companion and pet. My hope is that by talking to younger people, we can avoid issues like pet overpopulation, animal cruelty, and dog fighting. Most animal welfare groups consist of white women - do you think a practicing dog fighter is gonna give a rat's behind about what we have to say? Probably not, but teenagers might.
Unfortunately, I will not ever have pictures to show because of the restrictions of the facility and obvious need to privacy for the students, but hopefully I'll be able to give an exciting update about how the program is going.