Pet Educators Devote the Week to Cesar Chavez

Thousand Palms, CA

Animals Samaritans’ Humane Educators are spending this week at Cesar Chavez Elementary School speaking to students about pet ownership, animal care, and basic kindness for all living creatures.

On Monday, educators from Animal Samaritans’ humane education program spoke to Kindergarteners and First Grade students about basic pet care, the needs of our animals, and how to keep them happy, healthy and safe. Today, January 10, they speak from 12:40pm – 1:40pm about Guide Dogs, Police Dogs, Animal Assisted Therapy animals, and how they serve people. From 1:45pm – 2:30pm they speak to 6th graders on careers in working with animals, from becoming veterinarians and vet technicians, to dog groomers and adoption counselors.

Coachella’s Cesar Chavez Elementary School is a fitting location to educate children about the importance of kindness and compassion for our four-legged companions. Known for his boycotts and labor rallies to improve the lives of America’s farm workers and undocumented work force, Cesar Chavez was also a stout vegan, and championed the cause of Animal Rights.

“I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom,” said Chavez. “It was my dog, Boycott, who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings…. Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.”

On Wednesday, February 11, the pet educators will discuss dog safety and dog bite prevention to 2nd graders from 12:40pm – 1:40pm. From 1:45pm – 2:30pm they speak to 3rd grade students about our Desert Communities wildlife. On Thursday, February 12, duo again gives their “Helping Hounds” presentation to fifth grade students 1:45pm – 2:30pm. This lecture includes a visit from Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) dogs from Animal Samaritans ATT program.

Animal Samaritans’ Humane Education program is the only one of its kind in the Coachella Valley. Its educators visit schools from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea to the High Desert. Last year they saw more than 23,000 students, with the goal of empowering the next generation with compassion and knowledge to care for the animals that will be left in their charge.

Animal Samaritans SPCA, a 501 (c) non-profit organization founded in 1978, is committed to improving the lives of animals and people. As the Coachella Valley’s most comprehensive animal welfare organization, they strive to one day eliminate the needless suffering and abuse of homeless and unwanted animals. Programs and services in place to save the lives of healthy and treatable animals include prevention through humane education, low-cost and no-cost spay and neuter, low-cost vaccinations, low-cost dental care and pet wellness exams, microchipping, animal sheltering and pet adoptions. In addition, more than one hundred volunteers from their Animal Assisted Therapy programs visit disabled children in special needs classrooms, nursing homes, and hospitals, while their Animal Assisted Activities teams see residents at Juvenile Hall. More information is available by calling 760-343-4908 and by visiting www.animalsamaritans.org.

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