In Gaby, Lost and Found, sixth-grader Gaby volunteers at her local animal shelter. She plays with kittens, trains dogs, and writes adoption advertisements so that stray animals can find their forever homes.
1. Share the example adoption advertisements featured below and on the reproducible activity sheets with your class. Discuss how the advertisements are written from the point of view of the shelter animals.
2. Have your students write their own adoption advertisements for animals they know or fictional strays. Encourage students to use descriptive and figurative language.
3. When students are done writing, they should attach photos of the animals or draw pictures of them on the advertisement.
Adoption Advertisement Examples
My name is Feather. I am a young cat who has used up at least one of my nine lives. Now, I’m ready to give the rest of my lives to you. Like all great felines, I jump and pounce, and I can give you a gentle head butt when you need it, but what makes me really special is that I’m a good friend. With me by your side, you’ll never be lonely or run out of hope. I will always be at your side. Come see me at Furry Friends Animal Shelter and take me home.
Hi, my name is Spike! I am a small black-and-white terrier mix that loves tug-of-war and my stuffed panda. I also enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was brought in by my former family because they thought I was too wild. Since coming to the shelter, I’ve learned to channel my energy into tricks! If you have friends over for dinner, I can shake their hands and roll over for them. My only dislikes are fleas, empty water bowls, and rainy days when I can’t go outside and chase squirrels! Visit Furry Friends Animal Shelter and take a chance on me!
Don’t let the name fool you. Lemons may be sour, but I’m as sweet as they come. I am a three-month-old male cat that came to the shelter with my siblings when we were just weeks old. I am as shiny yellow as a gold coin in your pocket or an ear of corn on your plate. I like to start my day with a saucer of milk and end it with a good scratch behind the ears. No need to add sugar to this lemon! Please visit me at Furry Friends Animal Shelter and take me home today!
My name is Cinder, and I am a one-year-old female rottweiler. Before I came to the Furry Friends Animal Shelter, I lived my life on a chain. I spent most of my days sad, hoping someone would play with me or show me some kindness. I’m missing a piece of my ear and tail, but I can still listen when you want to talk and I can still wag my tail whenever you are near. I am shy about meeting new people, but once I get to know and trust you, I will be your most loyal friend. Please visit me at Furry Friends Animal Shelter and take me home!
Help your students share their photos and stories with the author on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #gabylostandfound! You can learn more about the author, Angela Cervantes, on her biography page and on her personal website.