Since 2018, PEAR has worked with youth and their families in Mecklenburg & Union County through our Pawsitive Thinking program. In October 2018, we launched Paws Up For Pets, an innovative education initiative that engages local youth to promote compassion for animals and in the community as a whole. A collaboration with 4-H Clubs, Paws Up For Pets works with mainly with children K-8 enrolled in afterschool programs in our county's most underserved areas.
We empower youth to make a difference by showing others that they care about animals and by speaking up against abuse, bullying and discrimination. Our program tagline reads, “Compassion Counts!” Because when we teach our children empathy, we build caring communities.
The pawsitive effects
Our campaign aims to: