Students, animals benefit from partnership
SPRUCE PINE – An arrangement between Spruce Pine Montessori School and Mitchell County Animal Rescue has proven beneficial to students and animals.
Students from the school spend two hours at the animal shelter each Friday playing with animals and doing chores, if needed. MCAR board member and Montessori School volunteer Jennifer Rambo said the students, who are on a rotation that allows each one to visit as part of a group once a month, are learning about the responsibility required to be pet owners, as well as the importance of animals being spayed or neutered. The animals receive human interaction and exercise.
“People assume everybody has spent time around animals and everyone knows how to handle a puppy or kitten or senior cat or dog, but they haven’t,” Rambo said. “It also allows us to determine how adoptable animals behave around children.”
Montessori students Hazel Bueno, 8, Bella Tusso, 12, Roby Summerfield, 11, and James Haley, 10, this past Friday were in one of the shelter’s fenced area’s playing with Bucky, a 2-year-old Boxer mix currently housed at the shelter.
“It’s fun,” Bueno said. “I always want to take a pet home after we come out here.”
Tusso said she convinced her parents to let her have a kitten from the shelter, but Bueno said she has not had any luck so far.
“It usually doesn’t work when I try to convince my parents,” she said. “Maybe I could sneak a cat in my house and just tell my parents it’s my hair.”