Summer readers “pawsed” to listen to the Moore County Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee (PRC) on July 10.
The PRC took part in Moore County Library’s 2013 Summer Reading Program, presenting programs to more than 200 children and adults at the main library branch in Carthage as well as at the Robbins Area Library, Vass Area Library, and Pinebluff Library.
Volunteers Mary Smith, Jackie Meyer, Betsy Ficarro, and Christie Hartlove explained the responsibilities of pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering. The group, including Bonnie, the therapy dog, also shared health and safety tips for pets.
The PRC won the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service in 2012, and part of their mission is to educate the next generation about the pet overpopulation problem.
The Animal Center of Moore County, the county shelter on U.S. 15-501, took in 4,000 animals in 2012. They have room for just 100 pets at any given time.
“We are grateful to the PRC for presenting these informative programs,” said a library spokesperson. “They made it fun for everyone and definitely held the children’s interest with the cat and dog suits and the beautiful golden retriever!”