by Eshaan Mani, HFM Kid Ambassador
photos by Traci Marie Photography
The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was filled with Houston Family Magazine (HFM) Kid Ambassadors cuddling puppies, petting gerbils, and posing with horses on Friday, February 7. The special location of the March photoshoot was perfect for everyone, young and old alike – cute animals are found at every turn, many of whom are ready for adoption. Smiling ear-to-ear, Kid Ambassadors Jenna, Eva, and Cameron had a ton of fun.
As local Houston photographer, Traci-Marie clicked away (www.traci-marie.com), the Kid Ambassadors bonded with each other as well as with their new animal friends. Eva made friends with Kipper, a chocolate-colored pony who was eager to meet new people and pleaded with her mom to let her take home Winnie, a cute puppy, while Cameron and Jenna posed with (surprisingly adorable) rats clutched to their chests.
All three of the Kid Ambassadors had lots of fun playing with Buddy, a six-year-old dog whose size belies his sweetness. The cute canine frolicked about, bounding from one end of the enclosure to another, tennis ball in mouth, on a beautiful sun-drenched afternoon in the neatly manicured lawns of the SPCA.
The Houston SPCA has many opportunities for kids and families. HFM had the chance to speak with Cory Beech, who works at the SPCA. When asked what the SPCA does, she replied: “Here at the SPCA, part of my job is to educate students, children, and the Houston community about animals and animal welfare, as well as how to understand them and help their community. In turn, we learn how to respect and understand each other more.”
She explained that the SPCA offers camps during summer, winter, and spring break. They include veterinary camp, critter camp, stem week, and forensics camp. Check out their website at www.houstonspca.org. For all those who like fun facts, the most exotic animals the SPCA has ever had have been bears and lions. The SPCA worked with local zoos to find these creatures a new home. Cory encourages everyone who has an interest in helping out their animal friends to stop by the SPCA and volunteer. She guarantees you’ll get something out of it!
As you can see, behind the scenes of a photoshoot, there’s a lot more than just posing. The Kid Ambassadors enjoy time together and get to see and play with so many cool critters. We spent the afternoon in the facility, enjoyed seeing dogs, horses, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and more, took wonderful photos (courtesy of Traci-Marie Photography), and grew closer as an HFM family.
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