Kids Give a Voice to Adoptable Pets by Penning Letters from the Dog's Perspective

Kids Give a Voice to Adoptable Pets by Penning Letters from the Dog's Perspective

Collective "awwwwwwww."

By Morgan Ashley Parker

This year has been a doozy and if we didn't love the holidays so much, we'd be fine to speed right through to 2018. Since time travel isn't yet in our wheelhouse of magical skills, we're just trying to keep it together. Not sure if it's a sign of that fragile state but please don't tell our coworkers that this story made us tear up. At. Our. Desks.

As everyone knows by now, there are tons of animals in need around the world and plenty of reasons to #adoptdontshop. Now picture one of those pets in a shelter somewhere — or better yet visit one. What could you tell someone about that animal ... and what do you think that furball would want you to tell a future family?

Well, students at Ferry Pass Elementary School in Florida are doing just that. The school has partnered up with the Pensacola Humane Society to help adoptable pets find a home for the holidays — and fourth-graders are practicing their writing skills and penning letters with inventive stories from the animal's perspective for the shelter to display.

First off, can we make this a required class in school? Much like spelling in the autocorrect era, it seems like actually putting a pen (or pencil) to paper is nearly going the way of making a call from a pay phone. Having the children help out pets in need also teaches empathy, fosters a love for animals, and truly gives a voice to the voiceless. The teachers have already begun receiving thank-you messages from people who have adopted pets after reading the students' letters. We're not convinced even the Grinch could watch the video below without crying.

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