The Paw of Friendship
In order to stop animals being abandoned and abused, it is essential to change people’s attitudes towards animals. We believe that education about humane, responsible and respectful attitude towards animals is key to achieving such changes. It will bring about a happier, more informed and safer relationship between people and animals.
We created a bespoke educational programme for children of all ages called “LAPA Druzhbi” which means “The Paw of Friendship”. The programme consists of several lessons for different age groups. During the lessons children learn where stray animals come from, how to prevent this, how to help stray animals in the streets and rescued animals in shelters, how to treat animals safely and how to take care of them properly.
The lessons are interactive and the children have a chance to debate, play games and older children work in groups on case studies and prepare presentations for their peers. There are lots of visual materials used at the lessons. Lessons can be held in Russian or English and are conducted by 2 teachers. At the end of each lesson children receive a gift and a certificate of completion.
Our programme is the first of its kind in Russia. It has been approved by a well-known UK charity Dogs Trust and our teachers have received their training.
It costs £2 to conduct 1 lesson for 1 child. In 2018/19 school year we conducted 644 lessons for 13,053 children.