Recently, HOPE for Animals resumed its education program, taking its message to local elementary schools to teach young children the importance of caring for animals. Members bring various pets to schools and entertain the children while educating them.
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  One of the topics HOPE's members touch on is taking care of homeless and stray animals. As pet overpopulation is a big problem in the Lafourche Parish area and HOPE has no shelter at this time, members teach the children about how many cats and dogs need loving homes. After the children have played and learn about the animals, HOPE members distribute coloring books, which provide activities as well as important information, such as how to care for a new pet.
  Members involved in the HOPE education program are eager to visit elementary schools in the Lafourche Parish area. The organization feels that teaching young children the value of caring for animals will benefit them in many ways well into adulthood. Studies have shown that compassion toward animals extends toward people as well.
  If you would like to schedule a HOPE visit to your school, please call Cindy Glorioso @ 985 859-5245 or Joey Hebert @ joey.hebert@nicholls.edu
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Thibodaux Elementary School
September 2015

We thank the Maddie's Fund for donating Maddie's Tail Wag activity booklets to help HOPE promote kindness to animals. The booklets, given to school-age children K-3rd grades, help to teach the care of animals and the joy animals bring to our lives. The booklets are in memory of a beloved dog Maddie whose owners developed the foundation to help rescue groups promote kindness to all animals.