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4-H Youth Development

Vet Detective Community Service Ideas

  • Design a game for young children related to the Vet Detective kit.
  • Adopt a zoo animal.
  • Form a "we love animals" club and volunteer to care for animals at a children's zoo.
  • Organize a community dog wash.
  • Volunteer to clean out animal shelters.
  • Collect and sort newspapers to donate to a local animal shelter.
  • Collect food and supplies needed for a local zoo or animal shelter.
  • Lead animals in an annual parade.
  • Write and produce a play about a current issue related to the Vet Detective kit.
  • Take a pet to a nursing home.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter, Help clean up, play with the animals, or do whatever's needed to make the shelter a nicer "temporary" home for the animals.
  • Become a foster parent for a pet. Some shelters have temporary foster care programs. You take care of a pet until they can find a permanent home for it.
  • Paint a mural with the Wonderwise theme over graffiti.
  • Feature community -minded scientists on a school bulletin board.
  • Collect children's science books for the needy.
  • Create a play that teaches young children about concepts in the Wonderwise scenarios.
  • Write or make a picture book about the concepts in the Wonderwise series to read to younger youth.
  • Organize a public issues forum focused on topics discussed in Wonderwise. Become an advocate. Contact your legislators on topics discussed in Wonderwise.
  • Set up an informational display at a local library on the Wonderwise topics.
  • Volunteer to help set up for a community event on the Wonderwise topics.
  • Adopt a billboard and use it for a public service announcement.
  • Raise money for pet causes by organizing a pet photo session.
  • Organize a pet show for a local nursing home.
  • With the support of a vet clinic, organize a spay campaign to get animals neutered and spayed at a reduced rate.
  • Set up donation centers for animal products to be donated to the needy.
  • Learn about pet therapy and conduct pet therapy with your animal at nursing homes and child care centers.
  • Find out about raising a dog for persons with disabilities.
  • Find homes in shelters for abandoned pets.
  • Hatch ducks for release in the wild.
  • Care for a neighbor's pet.
  • Find out about volunteer opportunities at a local wildlife sanctuary or survival center.


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