IT was a yap yap happy day for all concerned – especially the animals – when Offaly SPCA Treasurer Colette Coates visited Charleville National School, Tullamore. She had been invited to give a talk on animal welfare to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils and found that they were all very eager to listen and learn. But they did much more than that.
They availed of the occasion to present the OSPCA with bags and tins and sachets of all kinds of everything in the line of tasty and nourishing foods for cats and dogs, kittens and pups. There was enough in fact to provide life saving nourishment for dozens of the stray or abandoned animals which will be in the care of the OSPCA in the coming weeks and months.
Colette had brought along three assistants, a five months old Yorkie pup called Tinkerbell and two kittens aged about six weeks
These were too young to make speeches of thanks to the students but no doubt they were old enough to will lick their lips in savouring some of the goodies!
In the course of her talk – one of a series being given in Offaly schools by herself and other OSPCA members – Colette briefed the pupils on the role of the Society in rescuing and re-homing animals and gave them guidelines on how they themselves should look after their pets. She spoke also about neutering, stressing how important this is in controlling populations and thereby saving hundreds of unwanted animals from dreadful suffering.
The school visiting programme recognises the significant roles that young people can play in improving the quality of life for their own pets and the way in which they can influence the thinking of their families and local communities.
In expression of this, the Charleville students were presented with certificates of enrolment as Junior Officers of the OSPCA.
These certainly were much more than just token presentations. The Certs had been well earned by the pupils’ very positive involvement in animal welfare as displayed in a variety of ways – not least in joining with Ms Gloria Mollison and other members of the teaching staff in organisation of that extremely generous donation of pet foods.
Another practical demonstration of their interest was provided by a display of photographs taken by pupils and family members showing some of their own family pets. This revealed that dogs are the most popular pets! The display included 23 of the canine species as against just 5 cats and kittens. Rabbits got their noses in too, as well as three fish!