The local SPCA will hold bookmark and essay contests to educate children in Fresno and surrounding areas about the importance of responsible pet guardianship.
The topic for the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals essay contest will be, "How Do Microchips Help Lost Pets Reunite with Their Owners?" Students in grades seven through nine can participate by writing an essay of 200 words or less.
The bookmark theme is, "Microchips Help Lost Pets and their Owners Reunite," and students in grades one through six can participate.
The submission deadline for both contests is April 30.
All entries will be judged on clarity, originality and aptness to the subject. Top entry winners of each contest will be awarded a gift certificate for a free microchip for their pet, a prize medal and gift cards.
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