Local businessman Frank Apa received Patch, a Shih Tzu, as a puppy. Patch was a sweet endearing little dog and when he began coming to work, he quickly became the company companion, mascot and spokes dog. As a canine ambassador he exemplified all the reasons why having animals in our lives has a positive impact.
Sadly, in August of 2002, Patch passed away. To honour his long time companion, Mr. Apa dedicated the month of September at the dealership. Over the month a donation was made from each car sale and the dealerships raised $13,300! The money was generously donated to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society in Patch’s memory. This donation enabled the shelter to create the PATCH Challenge – a program which highlights the human-animal bond. Patch, the little dog’s name has come to stand for People and Animals Together Create Harmony. Since then, Mr. Apa, President of Lexus of Oakville has continued to dedicate the month of August to support the kindness initiative and makes a substantial donation every year.
Through the Patch program we challenge students in our community to be kind to people and animals. We challenge teachers to bring the Oakville & Milton Humane Society into their classrooms. We will continue to recognize children in our community who demonstrate kindness to all living things. The PATCH Challenge is made possible through the generous donation of Mr. Apa and Lexus of Oakville.
Take The PATCH Challenge as part of your school’s humane education program.
Learn why People and Animals Together Create Harmony.
Preschool Challenge – Ages: 3-4 years old
- Presentation: Approximately 30 minutes
Our programs for preschool children are interactive and fun. Children will learn about responsible pet ownership, safety around animals, and lending a helping hand. A small animal is brought to the school for the children to interact with.
Primary and Secondary children – Ages: 5-18 years old
Children will learn about responsible pet ownership, safety around animals, and lending a helping hand. A small animal is brought to the school for the children to interact with.
- Presentation: Approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour
Our programs follow the Ontario School Curriculum. Topics include: animal appreciation, responsible pet ownership, wildlife and habitats, pet overpopulation, animal cruelty, animal rights and the law, and much more. We will also design a presentation to suit your needs. An animal can also be requested to come to class for the children to interact with.
The PATCH Challenge program compliments the Ontario curriculum and delivers the following learning expectations for primary students:
- Effective communication
- Making sense of simple written materials
- Listening to stories and poetry
- Sorting and classifying objects
- Demonstrating curiosity and care for the natural world
- Demonstrating an awareness of health and safety practices
- Demonstrating a positive attitude towards themselves and others