- July 11, 2019
Dogs and cats weren't the only furry friends wandering around on March 17 at the Humane Society of Sarasota County.
Llamas, lambs and rabbits all meandered around the courtyard as a row of children listened to the animal's human handlers give presentations on their four-legged friends.
The children patiently listened until it was their turn to meet their guests. Although they were cautious at first, it was long before the group broke off into pairs and trios, bouncing from one group of animals to the next.
Chickens also roamed around the feet of their larger barnyard counterparts from Mc G's Farm. Owner Susan McGonegal said she likes brining her animals to education events.
"Some of these kids have never seen farm animals," McGonegal said.
All the animals were a hit, but in the end, the bunnies won the day. After making the rounds most of the children settled under a tree cuddling all the available rabbits in the shade.
Community Outreach Coordinator Ginny Armington watched the children, her face set in a content grin.
"It teaches them to kind," Armington said while watching the chaotic interactions between the children and animals.
"When they interact with them they feel that bond," Armington said. "So I hope this will create a better future for all animals."