Excited barks, licks, and lots of giggles were in abundance on May 8 when the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) brought some furry friends to the Lower School using their Mobile Adoption Unit. Pre-K invited ARF to the School as part of their current unit of study on the relationship between humans and animals.
Parked on the grass near the entrance of the campus, the converted delivery truck, complete with a fold-out canopy, showcased a variety of adorable cats and kittens, including Floyd, a three-month-old domestic shorthair, and dogs, including Emma, a three-year-old Pekingese; Bambi, a three-year-old terrier mix; and Nemo, a one-year-old hound mix.
Students from every grade filed into the truck, putting flat hands up against the cages for the animals to sniff and give kisses. Junellen Tiska, Lower School Director of Curriculum and Development and ARF volunteer, guided each group of students on how to approach the animals and gave their backstories. Once the students were satisfied they had properly greeted each animal, they bid their farewells and carefully filed out of the truck on the other end.