Children at Westminster Preschool learned just as much as their adult teachers about caring for puppies and kittens Monday.
Eva Sippel, who is in charge of shelter community relations and volunteers, and seven members of the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter brought several kittens and a Labrador puppy and talked about pet safety. The youngsters, ages 3 to 5, were shown how to approach a dog they don't know and how to hold and pet an animal.
"I believe it's important to teach kids how to approach an animal so they are not afraid and they can learn what wonderful friendships exist between animals and people," said Sippel, who is a volunteer. "It's a wonderful gift."
Mary Seward of Glendale, who was picking up her son, Luke, after the session, said youngsters learn a lot by having pets.
"We have a kitty in our home, and sometimes Luke squeezes it too hard because he loves her. He has to understand it's alive and he is much bigger than she is," she said. "I don't think children realize how much power they have because they are smaller than most people around them. And it's better for him to hear it from someone else."