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Community Outreach Program

Andrew's Anthem and Gulf Coast Humane Society have partnered to bring this free outreach program to the community!

Middle and High School Students are invited to participate in Pawsitive Pause on Thursdays!

Program Purpose

This program will provide students a hands-on opportunity to directly make an impact on the lives of animals at the Gulf Coast Humane Society. In conjunction with Andrew’s Anthem, students will learn mindfulness practices and concepts that will help decrease stress and improve well-being.


Program Structure

Student will be dropped off for program participation. During our time together we will:

  • Connect with one another

  • Spend time with the animals

  • Perform an interactive project

  • Pause: Participate in a mindfulness exercise

How the Human-Animal Bond Benefits Us

  • Stress reduction – Petting an animal has been shown to reduce stress in humans. 

  • Improved mood – Studies show that the simple act of stroking a friendly animal increases dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, two chemicals that are essential for happiness and relaxation.

  • Social connections – Working together to help care for the animals provides a bonding experience and opportunity to connect with others with similar interests. 

  • Emotional support – Animals provide us with impartial, unconditional emotional support and love.

Information obtained and adapted from Deep Connections: The Power of the Human-Animal Bond

The Power of Mindfulness

Here are just a few amazing ways mindfulness will improve behavior and emotional well-being.

  • Strengthens self-control

  • Lowers anxiety and stress

  • Increases positive moods

  • Better decision making

  • Improves Emotional Regulation Skills

  • Increases self-esteem

  • Improves Health and Body Image

  • Improves social skills and communication

Mindfulness exercises helps get in better touch with one's thoughts and feelings. With increased awareness comes less emotional reactivity, a greater ability to listen and communicate more thoughtfully and effectively with others and overall increases ease and well-being. 

Information obtained and adapted from Mindfulness with Kids article


Thursdays from 5:30pm-7pm

Location: Gulf Coast Humane Society

2010 Arcadia Street, Fort Myers, FL 33916 

Register by clicking the button below. Spots are limited to 15 students per session and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  You can sign-up for as many dates are you would like to participate.

Participation in this program is free. Donations accepted.

Have questions? Call 239-645-2309

For those that want volunteer hours:

All students who want volunteer hours to count toward their community service hours MUST complete the Gulf Coast Humane Society volunteer documentation at the following link if not already set-up as a volunteer:


Once approved as a humane society volunteer, you must sign-up and complete a humane society orientation. Once complete, volunteer hours can be accumulated for participation in the Pawsitive Pause program or at the Gulf Coast Humane Society at large.