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Cal Poly students take pet overpopulation message to schools on World Spay Day

Posted at 8:09 PM, Feb 26, 2019

Cal Poly students and the Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo teamed up to teach elementary school students about pet overpopulation for World Spay Day on Tuesday.

The partnership allows liberal arts students from Cal Poly to receive credit for their teaching credentials by giving free, one-hour classroom presentations with shelter animals to teach younger children about pet welfare problems.

“With an estimated 70 million homeless pets in the country, and thousands of stray and feral cats and dogs here in our own region, we continue to face a crisis of pet homelessness,” said Woods’ Humane Education Coordinator Jamie Relth in a press release. “By multiplying our humane education efforts, we hope to reach more of the future pet owners of the Central Coast to help end pet homelessness and suffering.”

Woods also hosted a “Cat Whisperers” youth volun-tour event for students to see a behind-the-scenes look at the new spay clinic at the shelter, as well as participate in a veterinarian-inspired activity and make a cat toy in honor of World Spay Day.

Pet owners can get their animals spayed or neutered at Woods Humane Society for a fee. To make an appointment or receive more information about the process, check out the Woods Humane Society website.