Critter Club runs during the school year, and as we head into summer the club ends it's current session. One of the projects the kids undertook was shooting a music video. The project was inspired by a music video produced by the SPCA of Wake County in Raleigh, NC to the song by ABBA "Take a Chance on Me". The Critter Club members saw that video, were enthusiastic about putting together their own and set about deciding on music and putting together choreography.
After an entire meeting of listening to a variety of songs, the kids finally chose "Say Hey" by Michael Franti and Spearhead. We all liked the idea that the song was about unconditional love -- something that fits in really well when we think about our pets.
The video may not be professional quality, but the kids worked really hard at making it into something they could be proud of, and we rehearsed several evenings before we shot the final product.
Another recent highlight of the Critter Club year was a few weeks ago when one of our employees. Jessica, allowed the kids to spend a bit of time with some 2 week old kittens she was fostering. This is the time of year when we start to get them in, and many times they're too young to be away from the mother cat. We greatly rely on foster homes that can hand raise them -- including bottle feeding every few hours and making sure they are pottied (very young kittes and puppies need to be stimulated by their mothers in order to produce urine and feces).
Jessica was kind enough to show the kids how to feed and potty them, and then let the kids take over. The kids were amazed by how small and dependent the kittens were, and really enjoyed caring for them.