Pets Assisting Kids with Anxiety

Our child was just two years old when she started asking for a pet. Her requests ranged from wanting dogs, cats and rabbits to goldfish. We honored her wish for a dog, and now they are inseparable. They cuddle during story time and at bedtime. When she rides her bike, he runs alongside. When she falls down, he licks her cheeks. It is pure and … [Read more...]


Ready for a four-legged addition to the family, or looking to take better care of the one you have? Find low-cost to no-cost spay/neuter services for taking care of your furry friend, or check out nearby dog and cat shelters to see how you may volunteer -- and who you might bring home! ALL COUNTIES Friends of Felines; serving all upper CA … [Read more...]

Equine: Rescues & Sanctuaries

Equine rescues are always in great need of donations (supplies, money and services). Some offer volunteer opportunities and educational programs. Sponsoring a horse is a great way to help an equine sanctuary and to make a connection with an individual horse. SHASTA COUNTY Wild Horse Sanctuary; Shingletown. 5,000-acre preserve dedicated to … [Read more...]

Equine: Clubs, Lessons & Camps for Youth

Clubs, lessons, camps, guest ranches and rescues offer opportunities to learn about horses and riding. Equine rescues and sanctuaries often offer horse sponsorships and may offer riding lessons with your sponsored horse. MULTIPLE COUNTIES 4H Equine Education. Youth program that offers a wide variety of equine projects including horsemanship, … [Read more...]

Equine: Assisted Learning & Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Learning & Psychotherapy Kids and animals are a natural combination. For children with disabilities, the companionship is invaluable. Animals promote confidence and self-esteem while motivating kids to interact and get stronger. Equine assisted therapy provides opportunities for physical and emotional experiences in a … [Read more...]

Canine-Assisted Reading

Children read to canine reading companions in a stress-free environment. Helps improve reading and communication skills; especially effective for children who struggle with reading. Mt. Shasta Elementary School’s Noontime Reading Program includes canine volunteer Lola. See our article about the program online: A Special Time for Reading at Mt. … [Read more...]


Resources for learning about & becoming involved with horses. Clubs, lessons, camps, guest ranches & rescues offer opportunities to learn about horses & riding. Equine rescues & sanctuaries often offer horse sponsorships & may offer riding lessons with your sponsored horse. Equine Clubs for Youth 4H Equine Education. Youth … [Read more...]

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Programs & Clinics

All Counties Friends of Felines; serving all upper CA counties. Organizes low-cost cat spay/neuter. Feral trap loans. (530) 824-9100. Butte County Butte Humane Society Spay Neuter Clinic; Chico. Low cost spay/neuter program open to anyone. 587 Country Dr. (530) 343-7917, ext. 2. PAWS Mike Chestnut Spay Neuter Clinic; … [Read more...]

Domestic, Exotic & Farm Animals: Shelters, Rescues, Sanctuaries & Farms

From rodent to reptile, from llama to lemur, animals delight all ages. Visit these unique collections of animals, some of which serve as shelters for injured animals, to foster your child’s appreciation for creatures of all shapes and sizes. BUTTE COUNTY Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary & Educational Center; Oroville. This education & … [Read more...]


For wildlife, see section Nature: Nature & Wildlife Centers. Domestic & Farm Animals: Rescues, Sanctuaries & Farms Equine • Clubs for Youth • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy • Lessons, Camps, Trail Rides & Guest Ranches • Rescues & Sanctuaries Low-cost Spay/Neuter Programs & Clinics … [Read more...]