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September 16, 2011 > Community supports classroom pets in grand style

Community supports classroom pets in grand style

Submitted By Kimberley Pratt

Thanks to local community members, Union City's Alvarado Elementary School students are able to learn about biology, ecosystems and compassion while caring for classroom pets in science.

Boulevard Pet Hospital, Castro Valley, is donating vet care for three guinea pigs - Einstein, Darwin and Newton. All three cavies were abandoned and neglected; one needed severe medical care before finding a home at Alvarado Elementary.

Rosendo Pardo of Galaxy Cabinets, Redwood City, has generously donated a guinea pig cabinet for the orphaned animals. The beautiful, custom-made cabinet gives the classroom pets a comfortable, safe home and teaches the students about habitats and compassionate care of animals. The cage, called "Pig Towers," illustrates a rags-to-riches story for the abandoned animals and sparks discussion of responsible animal care.

A real, live biology study is taking place as a red-eared slider turtle named Squirt has recently started laying eggs. Boulevard Pet Hospital's Dr. Schuchman is providing the students with on-going X-rays of the eggs and helped design the newly installed turtle habitat.

Many thanks to Galaxy Cabinets and the Boulevard Pet Hospital. Your generosity is helping many students deepen their knowledge of science.

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