Founded in 2014, Paws-Ability’s Pet Education Program teaches school-age children the benefits of spay and neuter on pet overpopulation. The program is sponsored by local Brunswick County businesses and business leaders in Education. It incorporates North Carolina State character education goals set by the student citizen Act of 2001, which includes ethics and civic values of respect, responsibility, integrity, perseverance and courage.
Students participate in interactive hands-on lessons to learn what problems pet overpopulation can cause, the importance of spaying and neutering, how long pets live, how much it costs to care for a pet for its entire life, making a responsible decision about whether or not to have a pet, and proper care and safety around animals.
At the conclusion of the program, a celebration brings together business leaders from the community sponsors of the program. Students share what they have learned and celebrate their accomplishments. State contest winners receive additional recognition during the celebration.
Some former pet education students have already begun to advocate for animals by adopting pets from shelters, fostering kittens and gathering food donations to support local rescue groups.
Paws-Ability’s pet education program is a wonderful win for Paws-Ability and Brunswick County.