Seth Jewell, 10, participates in Shelter Helpers at the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk. Old Orchard Beach Recreation Department started the after school program to help children empathize with animals and teach them care and respect. The program’s coordinator, Colleen Williams, said that for some children it can be the first time petting a cat or dog. See more photos on page 2. (Grant McPherson photo) 1p1.jpg