The nonprofit animal sanctuary up in Washington, Pasado’s Safe Haven, is now offering a really cool opportunity for kids – to become penpals with some of their animal residents. The program, Pasado’s Pen Pals, helps to connect kids with adorable animals such as Heart the pig, Smudge the goat, and Blue the cow.
It is quite simple. The kids can choose from Pasado’s list of animal pen pals, then write them a letter. From there, they will receive a letter back from the animal pen pal of their choice, along with a sticker as well as a photo of the animal. The contents of the letter are pretty sweet, the animals write about their day at the farm, as well as thanking them for writing to them.
The communications director of Pasado’s Safe Haven, Wendy Ogunsemore, said, “When shelter-in-place and other restrictions were implemented, we needed to get creative on how we could still reach children and teach them what animal compassion and kindness is all about. Our hope is that the Pasado’s Pen Pal program helps kids continue to feel connected to the animals and excited about learning, even while staying at home.”
Ogunsemore added that Pasado’s animals have already received almost 50 letters in just one week. The sanctuary’s website has a bio for each of their animals, that way kids can get to know their pen pals even more in-depth. For example, Smudge loves to spend his time outdoors in the sun – who doesn’t?
Moreover, the website also has a virtual guided tour where kids can get to visit the more than 200 animals at the sanctuary.
If you are interested in writing to one of the animals, you can send a letter to P.O. Box 171, Sultan, WA 98294. But be sure to include your name and age.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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