The fourth graders at Vass Lakeview Elementary School attended the Pet Responsibility Assembly in the multimedia room on Friday, November 9, 2018. They reviewed what they had learned about spaying & neutering pets to prevent animal overpopulation. They also described what it meant to be an Animal Advocate. The PRC mascot, Speuter, was there to read her story of how she was adopted and spayed to prevent unwanted litters. One student piped up and said he had figured out how the Pet Responsibility Committee (PRC) had come up with the name Speuter. An opinion was offered by another student that Speuter needed to proceed directly to the veterinarian to be spayed!
Special guest Sophia Valera, a veterinary technician from Yadkin Park Animal Hospital, illustrated parts of a basic exam with “patient” Honeybee Daughtry. Honeybee high-fived the group after the exam was finished. Sophia talked about her work at the Veterinary Hospital and all the positives and negatives involved. The students had lots of questions for Sophia.
Moore County Animal Services Deputy Tyler Skellerup greeted the students and described his job. Students were interested in the various types of equipment Deputy Skellerup was wearing and the type of work that he did. Deputy Skellerup emphasized that he loved animals and loved his job, helping pets and their pet owners.
4th grade student, Payton, and her mom lead the students through the Pet Responsibility Promise, printed on a large poster which the students will sign to commit to caring for and helping pets.
Winning an Art Award for the most creative and descriptive Clinic Bag, to be used by the Spay and Neuter Clinic of the Sandhills, was Haley. Many of the 4th graders wrote entries for the Speuter Story contest and several winners donated their voucher to their classmates. Winning framed awards were James, Lillian (who will donate to Jaden for his dog Marvin), Kenyon, Leon, Chloe, Carson, Abigail and Payton. Gabby will use for pet Bella; Dulce will use for pet Chilly; and Liberty will use for pet Duke. In all 7 dogs, both male & female, and 2 cats will be neutered and spayed! Good work, VLE students!!
Therapy Dog Honeybee bowed her head, tucking it between her paws and “said her prayers”, a fitting end to the PRC Assembly.