2017-05-18 / Living

Local Humane Society offering multi-faceted animal event

BY TANYA TERRY
810-452-2645 • tterry@mihomepaper.com


Right, beautiful exotic birds who have disabilities will be featured at the sixth annual Kids Who Care event through the Genesee County Humane Society. 
Photos provided Right, beautiful exotic birds who have disabilities will be featured at the sixth annual Kids Who Care event through the Genesee County Humane Society. Photos provided BURTON — If kids are taught how to treat a pet when they are younger it will help prevent cruelty or abuse to animals when they get older, according to Mari Brooks, humane educator for the Humane Society of Genesee County. An upcoming program geared for elementary school aged students will teach children about this and other topics related to animals.

The June 10 free annual program, Kids Who Care, for which children are being registered for now, will feature five learning stations, a canine officer as speaker and lunch.

Kids can learn about dog obedience and watch agility training at one station which a Genesee County 4-H representative will be over.

“I feel like if kids have a family dog, not only should the parents know how to train the dog, but the kids should know how to, too,” Brooks said. “Not only does this help the kids, but it helps the dog to know how to walk on a leash and how to listen.”


Below, Dr. Ian Wright of Dunckel Veterinary Hospital brings his own reptiles to the Kids Who Care event yearly and talks about what veterinarians do. Below, Dr. Ian Wright of Dunckel Veterinary Hospital brings his own reptiles to the Kids Who Care event yearly and talks about what veterinarians do. Dr. Ian Wright of Dunckel Veterinary Hospital will speak about what veterinarians do.

“Animals have to go to the vet yearly for shots, testing and to have good health,” Brooks said. “Some adults don’t know this. But, if children know they need to, they will be more likely to take their pets to the vet as adults.”

Wright brings his own reptiles to the event yearly.

“He’s brought snakes, lizards and different animals in jars before,” Brooks said.

A former Humane Society employee will expose children to farm animals. She will have goats and a mini horse there.

“It’s something most kids don’t see every day,” Brooks said. “It’s good for them to see the other types of animals people have as pets.”

Tanya O’Connor, a former Humane Society volunteer, will feature exotic birds which each have some type of disability. She typically brings macaws and other birds.

“They still get around and are healthy,” Brooks said. “It ties in with kids with a disability. They see they can make it, too. The birds she brings are gorgeous.”

Genesee County 4-H will also be doing a soil health presentation.

“They will talk about the microorganisms in soil and the kids will be able to build a basic robot,” Brooks said.

Michigan State Canine Officer Denis McGuckin will talk about being a good citizen in the community.

Hot dogs, chips and juice will be served.

All the kids can get a medal and a goodie bag.

“We tell the kids as you’re going through this, you’re becoming animal ambassadors for the Humane Society,” Brooks said. “We tell them everything they learn, they should tell a friend.

I want there to be 150 kids that will at least learn one thing they did not know who will take that one thing and teach their friends.”

To register a child in Kids Who Care, visit GeneseeHumane.org, and look for the event on the calendar.

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