It is National Dog Bite Prevention Week and the Fayette Humane Society humane officers have been visiting schools. The week is dedicated to educating people on how to prevent dog bites.
“We feel that it is very important to show the youth in our community how to be safe from dogs who may potentially cause them harm. There is a greater chance for a dog bite to occur during warmer and hot days when dogs become irritated more quickly,” said Brad Adams, outreach director and humane officer.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are nearly 70 million dogs living in households and most dog bite cases involve children.
An interactive demonstration was shown to students by the humane officers on how to properly approach someone walking a dog, what to do if they are outside and a dangerous dog approaches them or if a dog should knock them down to the ground.
Humane officers Brad Adams and Danyel Bageant also provided humane education about the humane treatment of animals and how to report animal cruelty. The children learned about what the humane society does for animals in Fayette County and the duties of a humane officer.
“I’ve always believed that humane education should be talked about to children beginning at a young age. Providing humane education now will help prevent animal cruelty in the future,” said Adams
The Fayette Humane Society spoke with over 300 students from Belle-Aire and a couple classes at Cherry Hill. They are working to expand the humane education and dog bite prevention to more schools and grades.
The Fayette Humane Society is a non-profit (501(c)(3), volunteer organization. They receive less than 2 percent of support from governmental organizations and therefore must rely on donations, grants and fundraising to carry out their mission. The Humane Society is the only organization in Fayette County able to respond to calls about abused and neglected and domestic animals, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. You may learn more about the humane society by visiting their website at www.fayettehumanesociety.com