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Students write Valentine's Day cards to East Bay SPCA animals

Pets awaiting adoption getting cards from Vintage Hills Elementary students

Ahead of Valentine's Day tomorrow, Pleasanton students got a visit from an East Bay SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) ambassador dog.

They returned the warm fuzzies by writing Valentine's Day cards to the animals awaiting adoption at the organization's shelters.

Meeko, a 3-year-old pit bull-boxer mix, visited the classroom Tuesday morning to give students "kisses" and get lots of back rubs from Vintage Hills Elementary School's third-graders in Nancy Day's class.

Humane education manager Justin Kurup, who is also Meeko's owner, told the class about why some animals are brought to their shelter and why pet adoption is important.

The visit was part of East Bay SPCA's annual Drive to Thrive fundraising campaign. Classrooms that raised more than $100 got a visit from EBSPCA animals. So far, the shelter has raised at least $4,500 this year through the drive.

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