Through an initiative called the Cuddle Dispatch, students in the Wildlife Warriors club at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School got lots of cuddles and snuggles from puppies up for adoption at the Bideawee shelter in Wantagh.
The Cuddle Dispatch is made up of volunteers who bring puppies to various locations to share some puppy love! Patricia Kircheim, Health Benefits Manager for the Farmingdale School District and member of the Cuddle Dispatch volunteer team, helped mobilize the puppies for transit to the middle school.
Students sat in three circles on the floor, each with a puppy in the center, going from student to student to deliver wet kisses and snuggles. During the visit, club members were taught about Bideawee’s mission to rescue, shelter, and place homeless cats and dogs for adoption.
The Wildlife Warriors club—run by sixth-grade teachers Cristina Ribeiro and William Marzillier—has 35 student members, dedicated to the pursuit of environmental and wildlife conservation. “We love working with young people who are so passionate about protecting the rights of animals around the world,” said Ms. Ribeiro. “They will be the stewards of tomorrow’s environment and this club is a chance for them to get involved now.”
The Wildlife Warriors club began in 2007, inspired by the conservation organization established by the late Steve Irwin and his wife Terri in Australia.