Fourth-grade first place winner Kyle Crissey took the opportunity to advocate for animals and recognize the responsibility it is to have a pet when asked what animals need aside from food, shelter, and water. “Having a pet is very fun but it is also a serious responsibility. It is a living creature just like a human and needs to have constant care, protection, exercise, and love to survive,” said Crissey in his essay.Payton Sheehan, the first-place winner of the fifth-grade category used her paw jokes to explain what she thinks should be done to improve the lives of animals. “You can be an animal advocate in your neighborhood too! Paw, I mean put, out water and food bowls for cats and dogs in your area & ask your neighbors to do it too! There are a lot of stray animals that need our care.”Thinking toward the future sixth grader Ella Trammel used her imagination and love for animals to come up with ideas of how animal shelters should be different in 2060. In her first-place essay Trammel suggested animals from shelters go to “nursing homes, [where] the pets could be used to entertain or provide comfort for the residents. In retirement homes, the shelters could be run by residents who are willing and able to provide care for the pets and work towards getting these pets adopted.”
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- Arlington Animal Essay Contest webpage
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