Greetings! My name is Karen Lee Stevens, Founder and Executive Director of All For Animals. I started the organization in 1997 as a community resource for animal lovers in Santa Barbara, California. In 2002, we incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for the purpose of teaching young people to be kind and respectful to animals, people and the planet.
Over the years, our vision for the organization has evolved and today, we focus on giving children the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of animal companions through humane education and literacy programs that nurture the human-animal bond.
For the past 14 years, our Compassion for Critters humane education program has reached thousands of children in Santa Barbara through reading, storytelling, and interaction with a variety of animals. Our presentations build on the natural curiosity and affection that children have toward animals and helps them create safe and satisfying relationships with animals that will last a lifetime. Learn more by visiting our Humane Education page.
Launched in February, 2013, ARF! (Animals + Reading = Fun!) is an innovative literacy program that gives children in grades K-6 an opportunity to improve their reading skills while inspiring them to become life-long readers by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs. ARF! is the only program of its kind in Santa Barbara that provides a results-based literacy program utilizing therapy dog teams in a classroom setting. Learn more about our in-school, after school and library program by visiting our ARF! page.
In addition to our programs for children, All For Animals also sponsors therapy dog training classes, which teach dogs and their human companions the skills they will need in order to volunteer together in the community and bring joy and smiles to those in need. Since 2013, we have trained more than 350 dogs to become therapy dogs! To learn more about our classes, please visit our Dog Training Class page.
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