Oxfordshire pupils learn about pet care with the help of Blue Cross dog Leo25 Jan 2013
Pupils at a primary school in Oxford met a special spotty four-legged guest at their assembly this week.
Leo the Dalmatian and his owner, Blue Cross education volunteer Christine Breden, visited St Swithun’s school in Kennington to give a talk to 250 children about important pet welfare issues, including how to be a responsible pet owner and staying safe around dogs.
Christine says: “This is the biggest group we’ve done a talk for so far. It’s great meeting lots of people with Leo, he brings lots of happiness.
“Most importantly he helps to spread the Blue Cross message about how to look after pets, be responsible and understand animals’ needs, and makes the children think about what it would be like if they were in the animal’s place.”
St Swithun’s school has chosen Blue Cross as their charity of the year.
Head teacher Helen Atkinson says: “Many of our children said that they wanted to support a charity for animals. The children on the school council discussed their options and finally chose Blue Cross because of their local link, with their rehoming centres in Oxfordshire.”
Since 2005, our network of trained volunteer speakers across the country has reached over a quarter of a million children with messages of responsible pet care.