Valley SPCA to hold bookmark, essay contests for children

The Fresno BeeMarch 30, 2014 

The Central California SPCA is sponsoring an essay contest to help kids learn about preventing cruelty to animals like this SPCA dog being washed during last year's United Way of Fresno County's Annual Day of Caring.

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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.

For more details and contest rules, visit, or contact the CCSPCA Education Department at, or call (559) 233-0115.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6015 or

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