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Shady Valley Elm. visits Rescue DOG

Shady @ Rescue DOG
Shady Elementary students make friends with rescue dogs. Photo courtesy of Melissa Gentry.

By Melissa Gentry

After reading “Because of Winn Dixie” a book about a young girl befriending a little scruffy dog she found in the parking lot of her local grocery store, Mrs. Lashlee’s class wanted to show their love to the rescue dogs of our community. For weeks the students collected much needed items for Rescue DOG such as cleaning supplies, dog food, puppy toys, blankets, etc. The students exhibited tremendous compassion to the dogs and were very inquisitive about each dog’s life story. They learned that each pup is a former “Winn Dixie” but is safe now and will be placed with approved adopters. Rescue DOG, a no-kill rescue, also sent home vital information with the students regarding the importance of spay/neuter and proper veterinary checkups. The education and bonding of young hearts with animals will create a bond that will last a lifetime.