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FTHS Students Learn About Monmouth County SPCA’s Mission

Patriots for a Peaceful World with Sgt. Brian Becker and Hunter Students in Freehold Township High School’s Patriots for a Peaceful World club recently had a visit from Mr. Brian Becker, a humane law enforcement agent, to learn about the different aspects of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Mr. Becker also brought along Hunter, a certified therapy dog, to meet the students.

Mr. Becker informed the group about the Monmouth County SPCA’s overall mission, which is to protect and advocate for all animals. The organization enforces animal cruelty laws with its humane law enforcement division; provides a safe haven for pets while they await adoption; reduces pet over-population through spay/neutering programs; and cultivates humane treatment through educational outreach. Mr. Becker explained that in addition to helping pets find their homes, the Monmouth County SPCA has pet therapy services, clinics for vaccinations, and a pet pantry which assists families facing economic hardships by providing food and other pet care items.

Students were surprised to learn that the organization is not affiliated with other shelter groups or the Humane Society of the United States, and receives no federal, state, or local funding. The students, who had collected toys for the dogs and cats currently at the shelter, were eager to think of other ways to help the organization.

The Patriots for a Peaceful World is advised by teacher Karen Titus. One of the club’s goals is to share their love for animals to the school population and teach how to be responsible pet owners and understand the shelter/rescue systems in New Jersey.