Last week in Sisters4Science at Reavis, we welcomed Ms. Brianna from the Anti-Cruelty Society and learned all about careers with animals!
First, Ms. Brianna asked us all if we had any pets; Aaliyah has a dog, and Mahogany and Kemonte both have cats. Ms. Brianna works in the Anti-Cruelty Society, which is an animal shelter that takes care of pets that don’t have homes. We learned about cool jobs you can get in an animal shelter, like a veterinarian, a vet tech, and an animal trainer. The Sisters got to try using a clicker, which animal trainers use–it makes a sound that signals to animals that they did something good, and then the animal is more likely to repeat that action (like sitting, for example). Kemonte wants to get a clicker so that she can train her cat to do tricks!
The Sisters were very curious about animals, so they asked Ms. Brianna A LOT of really great questions, like Where do dogs and cats come from? We learned that dogs evolved from wolves over a very long time, because humans started using wolves to help take care of livestock or to hunt. Some types of dogs come from different places–chihuahuas come from Mexico! Mahogany was very interested to hear that cats came from ancient Egypt (where people used to worship them!)
The Sisters also asked about various biological things related to animals. Aaliyah knew about procedures called neutering (for males) and spaying (for females), which prevents pets from reproducing. This is very important, as Mahogany said, because cats can have up to 12 kittens at a time! We also learned that when cats like you, they rub against your leg because that spreads their pheromones on you, which marks you as “theirs.”
It was a fun and engaging session, made much better by the great questions and excitement brought by the Sisters. Awesome job, ladies!