On March 13, Bow Valley SPCA's educator Joanne McGilvray and her cat Cinder were welcomed by The Girls Club at Banff Middle School. Twenty-two grade 7 girls attended the lunch hour club and enjoyed meeting Cinder and learning more about cat behaviour and pet care.
'Cinder was found in a dump in Williams Lake B.C. and was eventually adopted by Joanne in 2012. She was about 3 years old when she was adopted. Her name inspired by her tortoise colouring which resembles cinders of a fire.
Cinder promptly made herself at home when she arrived at the school. She met the girls in small groups. Some of the girls never had a pet. Cinder, was cool and composed as she approached the girls.
Joanne demonstrated how to hold a cat and transport it in a certified carrier. A discussion took place on safe travel with your cat and their specific needs if traveling by air. Girls were advised the importance of being educated on traveling with your pet, the dangers of having to check your pet as baggage.
This was the third session on Friends of Felines presented by Joanne. The Bow Valley SPCA meets with the girls once a month mentoring on Animal Welfare Topics.