PetPALS: Leader's Guide
4-H PetPALS is an intergenerational program that links youth and their pets with senior adults. Specially-trained master 4-H volunteer leaders teach youth the skills they need to interact with residents in assisted living and nursing home facilities. By applying the power of the human-animal bond, 4-H members learn to select, socialize, and train their pets. Youth apply the lessons in this 214-page, experientially-based curriculum to develop their leadership and citizenship skills. 4-H PetPALS allows young people to be models for residents in health care facilities and the community at large as they demonstrate the significance of human-animal interactions and the importance of inter generational relationships. Check with your county Extension office for more details. ©2002.