Last month, Jennifer and Max had the pleasure of visiting a first grade class at Mason Preparatory School. This is one of many schools Hallie Hill visits each year, and this time she was able to bring Max along with her. Max is a 9-year-old black lab mix with a sweet temperament, perfect for kids.

Max enjoyed visiting the class and told them all about Hallie Hill. Max and Jennifer taught the students about being kind to pets and how to behave around dogs they don’t know. Max and Jennifer ended the visit by reading a book about a homeless dog.

Visiting schools and helping to create a sense of compassion for animals in today’s youth is critical in improving the way our society treats animals in general. Mahatma Gandhi once said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Education is the key to making our society a more humane one. When people know better, they can do better!

There are countless lessons to share with our youth to help them do small things to protect vulnerable animals. With years of working in the field of animal rescue, Jennifer feels encouraged by the overall improvement in how people are caring for animals. If you have young people in your life, take time to share your love of animals and encourage them to be the compassionate animal advocates of tomorrow.