Learning New Tricks: Kids Train Shelter Dogs During Pandemic

Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena
A Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena member displays his dog-training skills at an obstacle course with a shelter dog named Dodger at a previous K9 Youth Alliance program. Since the pandemic began, the nonprofit K9YA has created a virtual dog-training program for 6th-graders at the club that is seen as a great success.

As it turns out, teaching old dogs new tricks is possible: A beloved program for local youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena recently found a way to break through the COVID-19 pandemic’s barriers to virtually teach kids to help shelter dogs and foster their love for animals.
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Rotary and Chief Deliver ‘Shop With a Cop’ for Boys & Girls Club

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Rotary Club President Ken Joe, Boys & Girls Club chair Brian Spaulding, BGCP CEO Lisa Cavelier, Rotary’s J.P. Harris and Kathy Meagher support the gift-card idea in lieu of “Shop With a Cop.”

Twice each year, for more than five years, the Rotary Club of Pasadena and the Pasadena Police Department have partnered to provide ‘Shop With a Cop’ for 20 Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena members. The kids and cops shop together at Target for back-to-school supplies, and later for Christmas gifts.
This year, due to COVID-19 and the need to stay safe, the partners decided that rather than shopping together in groups at Target, they would hand-deliver Target gift cards to all the kids attending summer session at the club. Parents and kids can then shop when they feel comfortable to get out to the store.
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