Friday, October 7, 2011

Humane Society

Ever since Christina made up a camp for the girls this summer that involved going to visit the Humane Society Clara and Elena have been dedicated to this shelter. They go at least once a week. Most times they pet the cats, and give treats to the dogs, and generally socialize the animals a bit. Sometimes we bake treats to bring there.

They talk about it so much at school that their preschool teacher asked about it, and Christina went in to class to talk about what the other kids in class could do at the Humane Society (adopt, visit, donate, etc.) and then helped them all to make treats for the pets. These are pictures we took to share with their class at school, since Clara and Elena were the designated treat-deliverers.

The cats are generally very happy to see the girls, and love eating the tuna treats we make.

There is one whole room dedicated to kittens!  The only get crumbs of the treats, but they are very enthusiastic.

The dog wing is LOUD!
Also, the dogs stay in kennels and we don't pet them there, so I don't think the visit is as much fun for them.  We do throw them treats, which they always gobble up.
For them the treats aren't just for fun - they are a learning tool.

The learning seems to work pretty well - this pretty girl sat right down as soon as we asked her to.

Next Saturday the girls have their official training date, and then they are going to be real volunteers who will go with Christina to help change litter boxes, feed the animals their regular food, brush them, etc.  We're also going to try taking more flattering pictures of the dogs and cats for the adoption website - it's a challenging photographic assignment, but should be fun!

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