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Big Dawgs 4 Little Paws
by Rita Arnst
Nov 25, 2009 | 467 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three Rivers Middle School is offering a new course titled Character Ed./Teen Leadership, designed to encourage and develop leadership and communication skills, taught by Valerie Newport.

“Something in My School or Community That Needs to Change, and What I’m Going to Do About It” is the topic Newport gave her students to write about. The students have generated many thoughtful responses and are determined to adopt three projects to promote within their school and the community.

“As their teacher, I was pleased by their enthusiasm and encouraged that these future leaders are eager to embrace such ambitious projects,” said Newport.

The following is one of the students’ articles that deals with animal abuse an how the students’ propose to deal with the problem.

Mrs. Newport’s class is working on a way to stop animal abuse so if any kind of animal gets hurt or abused please call the animal shelter hotline.

If you find a homeless pet, take it in or put in animal shelter. If you can’t take care of your pet, then there is no point of getting one. If you do get a pet, here is what you have to do to take care of it, feed and water it, spay/neuter your pet, and at least give it a bath every week. Report mills*, abuse, and not very healthy pets.

Make sure you take them to the vet to get their shots every year.

*Editor’s note: The “mills” referred to in the article are “puppy mills” where animals are bred continually with no consideration to health and sanitation.

The profit margin is the main concern of the operators. These are not reputable breeders, but mass suppliers.
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