An after school program at the Salvation Army in Charleston is getting a little extra help these days.
Some animals who were once abused and neglected are helping inspire better behavior and an interest in reading.
"Scooter is the big Salvation Army attraction," said Amanda Woods, a teacher at the school and the president of Karen and Friends Animal Rescue. "Everybody wants to see Scooter all of the time."
Scooter is a chubby black and white bunny, recently rescued from an abusive situation in Preston County. He was found by humane officers along with close to 40 other rabbits and several other animals living in crowded conditions, with medical problems and no access to food or water. Karen and Friends Animal Rescue stepped in to take 7 of the neglected rabbits.
Woods started bringing Scooter and some of the other rabbits to school with her as a treat for the children to reward them for reading and following the rules.
"A lot of these children have never seen a bunny or got to interact with them so it has been great getting to bring them down," Woods said.
The kids form a circle in the floor and feed the rabbits parsley. They learn how to care for and handle the animals too.
"This is really what we are all about is being able to reach out to a variety of animals in the area and helping them out and making sure they get the proper home and educating people about them," Woods said.
The rescue needs several hundred dollars to spay and neuter the rabbits before they can be adopted to new homes. They've got a big event coming up May 18. EZ Street in St.Albans will host a fundraiser called Bachelors for Bunnies. There are several date packages available. The event will be from 8 p.m. to midnight.
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