Polk High students help at humane society

Published 6:59 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Students of the Polk County High School ‘Humane Society Club’ participating in a “club Saturday” at Foothills Humane Society. (photo submitted by Michelle Ledbetter)

Foothills Humane Society (FHS) officials often say the organization would not be able to operate without the dedication and loyalty of its volunteers and donors. In the past few months, Emily Clark and Harriet Spencer, chairs of the FHS education committee, have been working to increase the participation at the shelter of students in the Humane Society Club at Polk County High School. On May 5, students from the club participated in a “Club Saturday” at the shelter, where they learned basic training and handling skills for dogs and cats.
“Educating students early is key in preventing future animal abuse and neglect, and goes hand-in-hand with Foothills’ mission to ‘encourage responsible ownership and population control,’” said Michelle Ledbetter of FHS. “The precedent these students set can only encourage others to become volunteers themselves, and learn the joys of giving back to our small community.”
The Polk County High School Humane Society Club is led by Gillian Westmore.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the team of volunteers at FHS, contact Michelle Ledbetter at fhsvolcoor@gmail.com or call 828-863-4444.
– article submitted
by Michelle Ledbetter

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