Winnebago County Animal Services Teams Up with Rockford Public Schools

Winnebago County Animal Services Teaming Up with Rockford Public Schools

Animal Services educating students on bite prevention, animal safety, and

responsible pet ownership

(Rockford, IL)— Winnebago County Animal Services (WCAS) has partnered with Rockford Public Schools: McIntosh Elementary School and King Elementary School.  WCAS staff members will be visiting King Elementary School once a month and McIntosh Elementary School once a month to teach the students all about animal safety, responsible pet ownership, and bite prevention.    King and McIntosh chose to take part in this program throughout the 2016-2017 school year.  Students from 1st grade to 5th grade will be participating. 

“The purpose of this program is to help prevent bites from occurring but to also teach the children about respecting animals and learning how to be a responsible pet owner in the future,” said KD Urbelis, Public Relations and Marketing Specialist of WCAS and creator of the Pet Safety Program.  “We are looking forward to working with the students and are grateful to have this opportunity to teach our future generations and tomorrow’s leaders.” 

The students will be learning how to care for pets, safety around cats and dogs, benefits of training, how to respect and help our wild neighbors, and animal-related jobs/careers to name a few topics.

This program at King Elementary School is a part of the Strong Neighborhoods After-School Program and in partnership with United Way of Rock River Valley.  The starting date of this program will take place at King Elementary School on Sept. 8 at 3:00 p.m. and on Sept. 20 at 9:00 a.m. at McIntosh Elementary School.  For more information, please visit


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