L.E.A.F. (Let's End Animal Fighting)
The LEAF Program is an outreach program administered by the Forsyth County Department
of Animal Control. Due to the magnitude and the complexity of the animal welfare
situation in Forsyth County we felt that a program that is able to mold itself to
fit the needs of every member of our community was necessary.
We intend to use the LEAF Program as a flexible tool that can be used for humane
education in schools, while still meeting the standard curriculum required. For
instance, an English teacher could incorporate the LEAF program into a poetry lesson
featuring Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Art teachers could use the program to
spark creativity. Social Studies teachers could use it to teach students the meaning
and the power of advocacy on a grass roots level. Animal welfare is a subject that
is full of passion. Teachers could use their passion for animal welfare to pique
the interest of disconnected students.
How will this end animal fighting?
It won’t, not by tomorrow anyway. It is a starting point. It’s something we can
all use to suit our needs. It could be as simple as wearing a wristband to show
support or designing an 8 hour presentation for a veterinary school on the history
of animal abuse in the US and its financial impact on local government. LEAF isn’t
just an animal fighting campaign. Animal issues of any kind can be addressed by
the LEAF concept.
How can the community get involved?
Be creative! There is no limit to what can be done through compassion and creativity.
No idea is too crazy or too plain. In other words, doing something, anything is
better than doing nothing at all.
Who can we contact for more information and LEAF materials?
Forsyth County Animal Control
5570 Sturmer Park Circle
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
What if I have a great idea that I’d like to contribute to the program?
We’d love to hear about it! Your contributions can be added to the collective pool
of information and advocacy resources that we would like to make available to all
animal welfare groups and individuals everywhere.
You may also use the LEAF logo and materials freely. The idea is to empower ourselves
and to enable everyone to contribute in whatever way they can.
What kind of assistance can I get from FCAC?
We are happy to provide speakers for school programs, educational materials, the
community room at The Forsyth County Animal Shelter is also available by appointment
to teachers and animal welfare organizations for meetings or training sessions.
I’d like to bring my students to the shelter for part of a lesson I’m teaching.
Is that possible?
Certainly! Contact us at the numbers above. We will try to accommodate your request.
Can I donate money to support the program?
Absolutely! Donations may be sent to Forsyth County Animal Control at the address above.
Write LEAF in the memo section on your check.