New Mexico's Pet Resource FALL/WINTER 2001



Start an animal club.

Find out what needs to be done in your community to help animals and get going! Your club doesn’t have to start off big. Begin with a few friends who think like you do and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Make posters of animals available for adoption at the shelter. Create bookmarks with humane messages to sell and raise funds. Volunteer to help clean cages or walk the animals at your shelter. Produce a newspaper or newsletter about animals for kids in your school. Educate your classmates through skits with animal messages.

Write to officials.

Write to local, state, and federal government officials about animal issues you read about in the newspaper or hear on the news. Ask your teacher or librarian to help you locate the names and addresses of your government officials.


Plant trees and shrubs on your school grounds to give area bird life a welcome place to hang out.

Bird feeders.

Put out a bird feeder during the winter. The winter months are when birds need your help the most.

Projects and volunteering.

Suggest a special class project where you clean up a nearby habitat, like a stream or park. Or volunteer to clean up and beautify the grounds of your local animal shelter.

Books to display.

Ask your librarian to select books about animals to be displayed during AHA’s Be Kind to Animals Week, always the first full week in May.

Books to read.

Learn all you can about animals. Check your library for publications and books about pets and wildlife.


Use your computer to find articles and other resources about animal behavior and care.


Share what you know about animals with others.

Seek out fun facts.

Where do frogs go in the winter? Why do cats purr? Why do dogs walk around in circles before lying down? When you find the answers to these questions you’ll be on your way to becoming the "animal expert" at your school.


Arrange for speakers to come to your school. Ask animal professionals to speak to your class, youth group, or school about their work. Some possible speakers include humane educators, animal control officers, veterinarians, museum curators, zoo educators, or wildlife rehabilitators.

Explore humane issues.

What do you think about animals used in research and science? Does your school require you to dissect an animal in order to pass biology? How about using animals in entertainment, like the circus or the rodeo? Perhaps you can write a report or give a presentation to your class or school concerning these issues.


Express your appreciation and love of animals and nature through art. Paint a picture or create a collage of what pets need to remain healthy and happy, Sculpt your favorite animal out of clay. Create a mural of a habitat for a wall inside your school.


Baby dogs are called puppies and baby cats are called kittens. But do you know what a baby kangaroo is called? Test your knowledge. Match the name of the animal on the left with the name of its baby on the right.

Can you match them? (see below for answers)


Guinea Pig

Baby Names


What do you call a group of gorillas? (see below)

Whenever referring to animals in groups, you may be familiar with such terms as a school of fish, a litter of puppies, a flock of sheep, and a pride of lions. But what do you call a group of ferrets or kangaroos? Check out this list and then amaze your friends with your new animal knowledge.

A colony of ants
A shrewdness of apes
A swarm of bees
A colony of beavers
A flock of birds
A clowder of cats
A brood of chickens
A clutch of chicks
A bed of clams
A quiver of cobras
A band of coyotes
A float of crocodiles
A herd of deer
A pack of dogs
A brace of ducks
A herd of elephants
A gang of elks
A business of ferrets
An army of frogs
A gaggle of geese
A tower of giraffes
A cloud of gnats
A tribe of goats
A band of gorillas
A down of hares
A team of horses
A smack of jellyfish
A troop of kangaroos
A leap of leopards
A pack of mules
A parliament of owls
A litter of pigs
A nest of rabbits
A crash of rhinoceros
A pod of seals
A scurry of squirrels
A bevy of swans
A knot of toads
A bale of turtles
A nest of vipers
A pod of whales
A pack of wolves
A troop or barrel of monkeys

Can you match them? (answers)

Guinea pig: puppy
Kangaroo: joey
Horse: foal
Sheep: lamb
Elephant: calf
Goat: kid
Fish: fry

Copyright 2001, American Humane Association

Animal doodles by Norma Southard

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