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Posted February 5, 2013

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Alamosa 1st Grade Class + Animal Humane = A Special Animal Friendship

Canine visitors helped teach students about proper treatment of animals.

Rico the greyhound helped Alamosa students learn about animal protection services.

Melissa Waller’s first grade class at Alamosa Elementary all agreed that they are animal people. 

Waller recently introduced her students to the services that protect pets and other animals in Albuquerque. Sherry Mangold and Cindy Wacek of Animal Protection of New Mexico, both former educators, talked to students about how they should treat animals. 

Students went through intensive and safe hands-on training in the areas of animal care and responsibility, friendly and unfriendly animals, bite safety and animal life in the shelter, as well as awareness of Albuquerque animal services. The lesson combined elements of science, social studies and good citizenship. 

The lesson also involved the delicate use of therapy dogs in the classroom and included a visit by a greyhound named Rico who made an impression. 

Waller said students were thoroughly engaged in the lesson, and one student said that she “faced and conquered her fear” of large dogs when she met the docile Rico. 

After taking a survey of their pets at home they found out how diverse their pet knowledge was. Students’ pets ranged from dogs and cats to parakeets, horses, chickens and fish.

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