SOUDERTON >> Local animal rescue groups are getting help from Souderton Charter School Collaborative students in efforts to find a new home for pets available for adoption.

“I got a grant through Warner Brothers. It’s called a Scooby-Doo grant,” said Jill Mohry, a first and second grade teacher at the school.

“It’s for animal welfare,” she said, “so the project is they’re painting pet portraits of animals that are available for adoption through a bunch of different local rescues.”

The animal rescue groups include Justice Rescue, Philly Kitty Rescue and Pawsibilities Animal Rescue, she said. Students from the school also volunteer every two weeks at Pawsibilities, she said.

Photos of the animals were emailed to her, after which she printed out the photos and the students could pick which one they wanted to paint a portrait of, she said.

“Once the animal is adopted, the new owner gets an official portrait painted by one of our students,” Mohry said.

The paintings are done by first and second graders, with seventh and eighth graders helping out with things such as mixing the paint and giving guidance and encouragement, she said.

All 60 first and second graders at the school have done or will be doing an animal portrait, she said.

“It’s like a three months long project, so every Friday, we have eight kids paint,” she said.

The project is part of the school’s efforts to have all the students volunteer in some way throughout the year, she said.

“It’s just been amazing, having the kids volunteering, 7- and 8-year-olds helping the animals get adopted, hopefully,” Mohry said, “and kind of just bringing the awareness to all the pets that are in shelters, all the need.”

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