P.A.W.S. (Providing Animals with Support) by Rancho Cielo Leadership

A Peacemaking Project by stephanie r.

What is the injustice we are solving?

The injustice that our project will address is poverty and lack of civic engagement. We recently visited chinatown, where we saw much of Salinas residents living in poverty with animals. Because pets provide their owners with so much love and support during hard times, they mainly take more care of their pets over themselves. We'd like to help these people support their pets in anyway we can, so that they may support their own needs. To increase civic engagement, we'd like to partner with local animal programs and get more people in the community involved.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Animal Welfare
we will address poverty of individuals with animals living in China Town in Salinas, CA
by providing care packages for homeless animals and their owners.

Our Project Plan:


  • Fundraise to buy items
  • Gather donations
  • Create 100 care packages for dogs
  • to make a difference in the community through small acts of kindness

We will increase my / our compassion by...

thinking about the less fortunate and taking action. We are standing up for the ones that can't stand up for themselves.

How will you show courage?

We are determined youth that are trying to make a change in the community. We are doing something out of our comfort zone by going to places that others don't like to do.

How will you collaborate with others?

We are working as a team for a common cause. We are reaching and partnering up with different community organizations such as pet stores and animal shelters.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

We will know if we are moving in the right direction if we are able to hold successful fundraisers, gather donations, and reach our goal of creating 100 care packages and receiving great feedback from the community.

Key Steps

  • bake potato sale
  • reaching out to organizations
  • create care packages for dogs in need
  • distribute packages


Kelsey T.
27 April 2018 15:14

Hi Stephanie! I'm part of the Peace First team and wanted to check in about your project! Since you mentioned that you need to fundraise, it looks like you might be interested in applying for a mini-grant to help fund your project at some stage. You are welcome to apply through your project dashboard whenever you feel ready. Once you receive the mini-grant, we ask folks to finish the project and submit their reflection within three months.

As you prepare to apply for the mini-grant, I'd encourage you to continue to explore root causes and think about ways you can address the root cause as part of the project (how can you use this opportunity to address the wider problem of poverty while also addressing the immediate needs of animals and their humans?) I love that you have recognized that so many folks choose supporting their animals needs over their own needs and that your project idea focuses both on addressing the needs of animals and on addressing the needs of owners, ensuring they can save their limited resources to address their own needs. This is a very compassionate way to support under resourced humans. You might even want to consider refining the way you define the injustice in the compassionate insight to make it clearer that you are addressing a wider injustice that so many folks in Salinas do not have enough resources to adequately care for themselves and their animals.

Looking forward to hearing more as you continue to work on your project!  

PeaceFirst A.
23 February 2018 9:21

Hi Stephanie!

Thanks again so much for posting this project. I love that more projects from Rancho Cielo are joining the Peace First Challenge.

As part of the Peace First project-making process, we give formal feedback on your compassionate insight. Once your insight is all set, then you can move forward with your mini-grant application if you need funds to help move your idea into action!

I really love how compassionate your insight is. As Adrian mentioned below, we would love to hear more about your understanding of the root cause of this issue which could make your solution even stronger and may also help you identify more ways to address the injustice from different angles.

We have a tool that could potentially help you with that process. You can find it here: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-2-problem-and-solution-trees

You may also find it useful to talk more to others that can see the injustice from different angles. We have a tool for that too: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-1-talking-others

I look forward to continuing to see how we can support your great work!


Adrian B.
21 February 2018 13:48

Hi Stephanie!

Thanks so much for posting this project! It's important to support animal welfare. I'm wondering why you think it is that there are homeless dogs on the street. It can help to work towards understanding the root cause of an injustice in order to solve it.

I'd love to know more about ways that you'd like to address this problem, too!

I also wanted to let you know about an opportunity coming up soon. While you can create a project at any time to be eligible for a $250 mini-grant, if you start a project and submit your compassionate insight by February 28th, you can participate in the Peace First Challenge with other young people from around the country, and can apply to attend a spring Peace First Accelerator Conference!

Let me know how we can support your if you have any questions.