Our first 2 days in Todos Santos have been focused on education. Without having the community understand why you are working there, there is little point in trying to make a difference. Our partners on this project include the Global Alliance for Animals and People and the educational Guatemalan organization, Piscal. We divided up our educational program according to different age groups and worked on several activities together ensuring the children understood our message….and of course they were rewarded with prizes in the end! Our main priorities were to ensure they understood the importance of:
1. providing fresh food and water for your dog
2. not allowing your dog to roam the streets, walking your dog on a leash, and providing 1 hour of exercise daily
3. spaying or neutering your dog to prevent large roaming dog packs and aggression
4. standing like a tree if a dog is approaching aggressively
5. crouching down like a rock if a dog is attacking
6. vaccinating your dog annually against rabies
We were astounded at how quickly the children caught on and the questions they asked!
Tomorrow we will be setting up the gymnasium for our sterilization and vaccine clinic. Stay tuned!
The children are ecstatic to see Scooby!
Happy Kids with Dr. Magda.
Positions to take when a dog is aggressive.
Product of the childrens´imagination of what responsible dog ownership means to them.
Michelle Hartman and her buddy Wilbur talking about how to raise a puppy.
Dr. Magda instructing the children to draw what responsible dog ownership means to them.
Scooby´s wardrobe malfunction as a result of the children getting a little too excited to see him….his tail needed to be put back…the girls were there right away to help!