Cottonwood pre-K collecting items for Wiregrass Humane Society

The class is excited to help the animal shelter.
The class is excited to help the animal shelter.(WTVY)
Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 3:19 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Cottonwood pre-K teacher Jennifer Poteate has spent many days volunteering at the Wiregrass Humane society walking dogs, scooping poop and she even threw her daughter a birthday party at the animal shelter once.

She’s seen all of the behind the scenes needs of the animal shelters that the community doesn’t, and the pandemic is worsening those needs.

“Sometimes they are just not aware of how much covid even affects animals,” says Poteate.

Mrs. Poteate decided to get her students involved by introducing them to how the shelter operates.

“They really enjoyed talking and looking at videos and learning about what they do besides like giving them a home. They didn’t realize what must happen behind it even though some of them have pets,” says Poteate.

Those who don’t have pets are now interested in adopting

After learning that the animal shelter was in need of donations, Mrs. Poteate invited her students and their families to donate much-needed items like cleaning supplies, towels, toys, and leashes.

“The kids at Cottonwood are wonderfully generous and I just want people to realize that it doesn’t matter how young you can make a difference,” says Poteate.

Within days the students filled the hallway with essentials to keep the animal shelter in operation.

When asked why they all had similar answers.

Because I love the animals,” says a student.

If you want to help, the class will continue to collect items through Friday and then deliver the donation to the Wiregrass Humane Society.

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