American School Puerto Vallarta Students Visit Animal Pound
It was a pleasant change from the usual lessons last Wednesday when the seventh grade class went to Puerto Vallarta’s Animal Pound.
When the second period bell rang, we all scrambled to the school’s bus with some dog treats tucked away between lunch boxes and anticipation of a fun few hours ahead.
We were laughing and singing on the way there. When we arrived the volunteers at the Pound briefly introduced themselves and gave us some safety instructions.
They promptly split us into three groups, two for dogs, and one for cats. I hurriedly joined the second dogs group, although cats are adorable, I can get a nasty reaction to them and feel more comfortable with our canine friends. So I stayed just with the dogs and walked them all while people gave quick and nervous glances when they saw me, a slight twelve year old walking some fearsome-looking Pitbulls (there were no accidents and I left without a scratch).
Although I only walked dogs, there were many activity options; cleaning cat litter (which did include a lot of kitten cuddles), washing dogs, which had bubbles involved, and lastly, feeding either dogs or cats. I think the whole class had fun and it was very therapeutic to spend time with the animals.
I was very impressed by how kind the volunteers were and how well the animals were cared for.
Beats math on a Wednesday morning any time.
Caitlin O’Sullivan, 7th grade
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