Hillbrook 8th Grader Provides Kitten Care for Local Rescue
With the challenges of transitioning to remote learning come some truly amazing benefits, and you can count on Hillbrook students to exercise initiative and leverage this new lifestyle as a way to dedicate time to causes that matter to them.
Here is what Sophie shared with us:
"After school was closed and we moved to distance learning for the shelter-in-place, I chose to foster a pregnant, homeless cat through a non-profit called Furrever Cat and Kitten Rescue...Every morning, I medicate and feed Willow and weigh the kittens to make sure that they are gaining weight steadily...Once these babies are weaned and are 8 weeks old, they will be up for adoption.
I think it is important to foster or adopt animals from shelters because so many die without even a chance to enjoy life. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that around 3 million animals (1.4 million cats) are euthanized each year nationwide, and approximately 80% of those killed are healthy and adoptable. According to the Best Friends Animal Society, in 2018 California euthanized 111,000 dogs and cats, one of the highest kill rates out of all the states. Quarantine and social distancing is a perfect time to try out fostering, and help the many homeless animals in our county."
We love seeing how our students are exploring their passions and dedicating time to reaching beyond and inspiring others to make a difference in our community during this critical time.