On November 8th, 2018, the fourth graders at Highfalls Elementary School gathered for the final session of their Pet Responsibility Program. Doris and Bill Russell and their therapy dog, Max, quizzed the students on a number of pet responsibility topics covered during the program and were so impressed by all the students had learned and taken to heart.
The students watched a video about two of the most important places in Moore County that they should know about as “advocates” for animals – The Animal Center of Moore County and The Spay and Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills.
Animal Services Deputy Chris McNeill joined the students for the last class and talked with them about his role in protecting the pets of Moore County. He reminded the students that they should always tell an adult if they see an animal abused or neglected. Then, either the adult or the student should call Animal Services to get help for the animal. Deputy McNeill was impressed by the students’ answers about the importance of spaying and neutering dogs and cats to control pet overpopulation.
The fourth graders who wrote entries for the Speuter Story Contest proved their concern about the problem of overpopulation by speaking up for those who have no voice. Annie and Clara were announced as the winners of the Contest and were awarded framed certificates by the PRC Mascot, Speuter, as their proud families looked on. Clara gave her voucher for a free neuter to the family of Rusty, a male beagle, and Annie gave hers to a pet in need through The Pet Responsibility Committee (PRC), to be used in the north of the county.
The students recited the PRC Promise and signed it to pledge their commitment to always look after the pets that share their world.
Doris, Bill and Max concluded the event with a short presentation on what it took for Max to become a therapy dog, emphasizing that the students could start their own dogs on the process.
The Principal, Dyan Pope, attended the session. She is a big supporter of the program and the messages of responsibility, respect and accountability that it brings to the students. She was very proud of all they had learned.
Congratulations to all the Highfalls fourth graders for being part of the team that makes life better for all pets!