santa cruz sentinalSanta Cruz County Animal Shelter teaches pet care to schoolchildren, featured in Santa Cruz, California’s Santa Cruz Sentinel March 2015

“A dozen fourth-graders sat on the floor at Calabasas Elementary School in Watsonville recently, watching a volunteer from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.”

“Everybody take your hand, and go like this toward your face. It’s like having a giant starfish coming toward you,” said volunteer and teacher Julie Hitchcock. The children laughed from behind splayed fingers. “None of you would like it if I came up and put my hand right in your face,” Hitchcock continued to the students. “So it’s safer to let dogs smell you first.”

 “The lesson was part of the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter’s “Humane Education Program,” an outreach effort to provide knowledge and resources to community members of all ages.”

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Learn more about Julie Hitchcock here.