Her­itage Mid­dle School stu­dents join forces to help home­less an­i­mals

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Ta­mara Wolk

The Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica class at Her­itage Mid­dle School re­cently in­vited North Ge­or­gia An­i­mal Al­liance to come to their school to talk about an­i­mal res­cue.

The FFA stu­dents joined forces with two other groups at the school – the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety and the Beta Club – to pre­pare a wel­come sur­prise for the an­i­mal res­cue.

NGAA vol­un­teers Sara DeBerry and Dave Mayo ar­rived at HMS with two res­cue dogs. “The dogs they brought,” says Me­gan Shearer, HMS agri­cul­ture teacher and FFA ad­vi­sor, “were not pup­pies. It was good for the stu­dents to see that older dogs can make good pets, too.”

DeBerry and Mayo talked to around 75 stu­dents about res­cue work, adopt­ing an­i­mals and ways to help end the prob­lem of aban­doned an­i­mals. In ex­change, the stu­dents pre­sented NGAA with a large col­lec­tion of an­i­mal sup­plies to help with their work.

“The stu­dents re­ally loved see­ing the dogs,” says Mayo. “They were all in­ter­ested in know­ing their names, breeds, past his­tory. We got all kinds of nice items do­nated: dog and cat col­lars, leashes, harnesses, toys, food and treats. Prob­a­bly sev­eral hun­dreds of dol­lars worth of items and food. We are look­ing for­ward to do­ing more events like this. I think it helps the kids ap­pre­ci­ate and em­pathize with the an­i­mals.”

Shearer says that HMS stu­dents rise to the oc­ca­sion when there’s a need. “This is the sec­ond year they’ve col­lected for NGAA. They also did a great job col­lect­ing for vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.”

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the in­vi­ta­tion and the sup­port of­fered to NGAA from Her­itage Mid­dle School,” says DeBerry. “The staff and the stu­dents were very wel­com­ing to us. Both we and our an­i­mals en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Her­itage Mid­dle School Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica, Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety and Beta Club mem­bers bought hun­dreds of dol­lars worth of sup­plies to help with North Ge­or­gia An­i­mal Al­liance’s res­cue work. (Photo cour­tesy of Me­gan Shearer)

Seventy-five Her­itage Mid­dle School stu­dents turned out to visit with two dogs brought to the school by North Ge­or­gia An­i­mal Al­liance and to learn about an­i­mal res­cue. ((Photo cour­tesy of Me­gan Shearer)

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