The fourth graders at Southern Pines Elementary School gathered in the auditorium for their celebratory Assembly at the end of the Pet Responsibility Program. They were joined by some very special guests. The Pet Responsibility Committee (PRC) mascot, Speuter, shared her story of how she found her forever home, full of love and hugs, and how she was spayed to prevent unwanted litters. Lieutenant Forrest Kirk, from Moore County Animal Services, talked with the students about the county shelter and about the Animal Services Deputies who protect the pets of our county. A special treat was a presentation by Bonnie Buchanan and her Border Collie, Action, from the Bon-Clyde Learning Center in Sanford. Bonnie has trained dogs in many different situations and environments …. from dogs who are beloved pets to dogs who star in television commercials and movies! Bonnie stressed how important it is to train with positive reinforcement so that a dog feels loved as it is being trained. The fourth graders who wrote entries for the Speuter Story Contest proved their love by speaking up for those who have no voice. Caitlan, Jadyn, Kylie, Mckynz, Samira and Sean were awarded framed certificates by the PRC Mascot, Speuter. Because of their efforts, six pets will be spayed or neutered to help prevent over-population. The pets include Mac and Roadie, two rescued dogs from Caring Hearts for Canines plus two other pets in need of being spayed or neutered. A Star Artist Award certificate was also presented to Harper for his wonderful artwork promoting responsible pet ownership. Lt Kirk was very impressed by how much all the students knew about being responsible pet owners. Congratulations to all the Southern Pines fourth graders for being part of the team that makes life better for all pets!