Pictured above: Linda Small, at right, is a regular volunteer & team leader with Jean Gilbert for B.F.F. project & Critter Connection programs.
Pictured below: B.F.F. project founder Jeri Desrochers & HSSNM educator Jean Gilbert hold book titles.
B.F.F - Books for Furever Friends
B.F.F and Furever Friends are titles we adopted with permission from Las Cruces artist Jeri Desrochers. She launched a Books for Furever Friends one-year project in 2015 and donated a sizeable number of animal welfare-themed books to HSSNM. Weve not only continued the project, donating over 300 books to area schools- but we also offer books by way of presentations to classrooms.
Book topics include pet owner responsibility, canine-feline behavior and care, lost-found pets, safety around animals, spay-neuter awareness, and stories on the environment and nature. Titles include captivating stories and award-winning books such as Are You Ready For Me?, Buddy Unchained, Before You Were Mine, Its Raining Cats, Mrs. Crumps Cat, Pablos Puppy, Kamie Cats Terrible Night, and Stray Dog.
The objective of B.F.F. on-request sessions and Furever Friends regular sessions are to instill the 3 Rs: reverence, respect, and responsibility by cultivating empathy for animals through stories and activities that build moral character. Service learning opportunities are also available to students and groups with litter clean-up projects through our Cans 4 Critters program, among other options.
For more information about B.F.F and Furever Friends and how to volunteer or donate books, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-523-8020.
Pictured below: Jean Gilbert shows demo dog, stressing importance of pet identification, to Riverside Elementary students in Santa Teresa, NM. Co-leader Linda Small shared the presentation with songs and information.