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NOVEMBER 2001 MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
KIND KIDS SAY THANKS TO SHELTER WORKERS
The second season of the Gerritsen Beach Kind Kids Club was held on November 17, 2001. Thirty-eight kids as well as a number of parents attended. The kids were treated by a visit from Kevin Rawlins, Rescue Specialist from the Center for Animal Care and Control (CACC).
Kevin told the kids about some of the rescue techniques he uses and also talked about some of his recent rescues. Kevin was one of those who, following the World Trade Center tragedy, helped to reunite animals who had been stranded in the "frozen zone" with their human families. He also told the kids about the correct way to approach unfamiliar animals and what to do if they encounter a stray.
Nancy Shuster, director of adoptions at the Brooklyn Shelter also attended the meeting along with her Saint Bernard Chester who was a big hit with the kids.
Chester was adopted from a rescue group and is proof positive that you donít have to buy an animal when so many are waiting desperately for new homes. If you are determined to bring a particular breed of animal into your family, please check with shelters and rescue groups first. A good place to start is by visiting Petfinders (www.petfinders.com) Shelters such as the CACC will put you on a waiting list and will notify you when your breed of choice is at the shelter. Never buy an animal from a pet shop. Not only are you condemning a shelter animal to death, you are also supporting the puppy mill industry which is a major source of misery and suffering for dogs.
The November meeting coincided with "Random Acts of Kindness Weeks." A kind act is random if it is unexpected and done without expecting anything in return. The kids brought human treats to the meeting and put together a goodie box for the staff of the Brooklyn CACC. They also made thank you cards and posters. These were delivered to the shelter following the meeting. The CACC workers were thrilled with the treats and greatly touched by the thought that we recognized what they did for the animals. They hung the cards and posters throughout the shelter.
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