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Joint Program Benefits Students and Animals

The Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, a 501(c)3 organization, in collaboration with the Sheboygan County Humane Society, recently donated children's books to the Sheboygan Area School District's (SASD) elementary schools, as well as the Early Learning Center. The donated books were selected by each school's media specialist from a list provided to Susan Kuck, SASD's media chair.

On March 2, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Louise Hansen, community education and outreach coordinator for the Sheboygan County Humane Society (SCHS) will read the books that were chosen by Sarah Lutze, James Madison Elementary School's media specialist, to students at James Madison.

The mission of the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project is to educate the public about puppy mills, to prevent cruelty to animals, to foster understanding of responsible pet acquisition and ownership and to promote adoption of homeless companion animals. The mission of the Sheboygan County Humane Society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals and the extension of humane education.

To that end, the books were chosen for the poignant manner in which they deal with safety when approaching dogs, what life in an animal shelter is like, what puppy mills are all about, the physical and psychological needs of pets, the responsibilities of pet ownership and the positive impact that loving a companion animal can have on an individual. The books may be used to initiate discussions among students at all levels and to peak their interest to further explore the world of companion animals.

The children in elementary schools today are the pet owners of tomorrow. Helping them to better understand the commitment and proper care needed for pets, as well as the huge numbers of homeless animals all across our nation, at this level of their development, will insure that they make informed and responsible decisions in the future.

Representatives from the Community Education and Outreach program of the Sheboygan County Humane Society are available to groups throughout Sheboygan County for presentations and to facilitate discussions on all of the above topics. For more information, contact SCHS at 458-2012.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
February 24, 2009