The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and Truckee Animal Services recently completed a six-month program called Pet Pals with the entire second grade class at Glenshire Elementary. Students learned about service animals, pet care, and the differences between domestic and wild animals.

Guest speakers included Dan Olsen from Truckee Animal Services, Connie Stevens from the Wildlife Shelter, and officer Jerry Jacobs and his dog, Spirit, from the California Highway Patrol. The kids met some great animals including some that were originally adopted from HSTT.

Have you ever seen a dog find contraband? These kids have. Don’t worry, no one at Glenshire Elementary was arrested. They also met some cool wildlife and pet therapy dogs that help people in amazing ways every day.

These kids were awesome and some of them even volunteer for HSTT in their spare time. Recently, we had Pet Pals graduation.

We hope these kids take what they learned to make them better ambassadors to pets and wildlife.

Congratulations graduates! Thank you to Glenshire Elementary, California Highway Patrol, Wildlife Shelter, Truckee Animal Services, and HSTT.

~ Pete Kristian, Special to Moonshine Ink