Primrose students collect food for their feline and K-9 friends

To the children of Primrose School at Ironbridge Corner, the hungry and homeless don’t always walk on two legs; sometimes, they bark or meow. Preschoolers at Primrose School at Ironbridge Corner celebrated their annual Precious Pets drive by presenting their pet food and supplies donation to Richmond Animal League on Aug. 2, 2010.

According to Animal World Network, more than 12 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year. Millions more are abandoned in rural and urban areas. The school’s donation of nearly 2,200 pounds of food items and supplies is critically important.  Many animal welfare charities face overcrowding and deficits due to budget cuts.

“Our families really stepped up to the plate this year. The teachers set up a  competition between the classrooms to see which one would contribute the most pounds per child of pet food. We have some very competitive families and everybody was going for the gold. It was amazing to see the spirit. It really was a lot of fun and these homeless animals will benefit greatly from the generosity shown by the families,” said Georgia Wiley, owner of the Primrose School at Ironbridge Corner.

Precious Pets is a character-building initiative meant to spark in the children a desire to give of themselves and help others. Character development is a key component of Primrose Schools curriculum, which blends academics, play and character development.

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