Animal action days
Interactions with animals, especially pets, can represent a powerful opportunity to promote self-esteem, encourage the development of empathetic concerns and positive social interactions in people, especially children.
Social workers can refer children to our Animal Action days. These one-day events teach children about animal welfare needs showing how, like us, they need empathy and kindness too.
At one of our Animal Action Days in Birmingham last year, we had animals with really sad and tragic stories, and one of the children said: 'These animals, they're just like us, this is what happens in foster care.' Animals truly bring out the best in people.
- Kate O'Regan, prevention programme adviser, RSPCA looked after children project.
What we've done so far
The feedback we've received from children and carers has been overwhelmingly positive. We're also working with a specialist child psychotherapist to develop more sessions to further support those children who have been identified as posing the greatest risk towards animals.
With your support we can achieve so much more
You could help us to expand this pioneering project. Giving more children in care the opportunity to discover why animals need kindness too and the chance to get hands on - with some of our very special animals and the work of our inspectors and animal centre staff.
Your support could also help us to develop resources and train parents and other practitioners working with children to give them ideas of how they can encourage positive interactions with animals.