Students learn more about how to care for pets

Humane Society brings community awareness campaign to school

The Cayman Islands Humane Society
is reaching out to the youth of Cayman in an attempt to create greater
community awareness on issues surrounding animal welfare on the Island.

Recently a Year 5 class at The John
A. Cumber Primary School invited the Humane Society to make a presentation on
responsible pet ownership.

Jennifer Hunter, a volunteer with
the Humane Society, and Otis, a shelter resident, took up the invitation and
visited Miss Natalie Schneider’s Year 5 class to teach the students more about
how to treat animals.

According to Ms Hunter, the visit
included a presentation on the purpose of the Humane Society, the various ways
animals help people and how people can help them in return. The presentation
also included information on how to care for a pet, what to feed your pet and
how to see to it that it gets enough exercise and remains healthy.

She also makes a point of asking
the children to consider adopting a pet from the Humane Society shelter.

Happy ending for Otis

“If the teacher allows, I usually
take along an animal from the shelter so that the children will get to interact
with the animal after the presentation is shown. This way the children can
experience first-hand what lovely animals we have at the shelter that are up
for adoption,” said Ms Hunter.

Otis, for example, was found
wandering along Seven Mile Beach, and has not been claimed by his owner.

“I used his story to explain to the
children why it is important to keep your pet safe and on your property, to put
an ID tag on your pet’s collar, and to go to the shelter and pound to look for
your pet if it gets lost,” said Ms Hunter.

Fortunately for Otis, his story has
a happy ending, as he was adopted from the Humane Society shortly after the
school visit took place. He will be replaced by another shelter resident, who
will be hoping that the school visits bring him the same stroke of luck.

The Humane Society welcomes all
requests to promote its education programme. Please call 916-0005 or email
[email protected] if you would like to schedule a presentation.

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