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Children in Cresco learn the importance of being kind to animals

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CRESCO (KWWL) - Baxter and Phoebe are brother and sister.

They're being fostered by Hongmei Yu, she's a volunteer with the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa based in Decorah.

The one-year-olds are considered special needs cats.

"When their mother was pregnant, she was exposed to distemper and so the part of the kitty's brains that controls their motor coordination didn't fully develop," said HSNEI volunteer Deb Morris.

The cats walk with stiff legs. They also got frostbite on their ears and tails after being outside all winter before arriving with the humane society, but they have no ongoing health problems and are ready to be adopted.

"The kitties won't get better. They won't get worse. They just don't have all their motor skills," said Morris.

May 5th through 11th is national Be Kind to Animals Week.

To reinforce the importance of being compassionate to all animals, volunteers with the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa brought the cats to Kessel Kids Child Care Center in Cresco. They thought the cats would be a good example of why kindness toward animals is important.

Besides yearly visits during Be Kind to Animals Week, volunteers with the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa also developed a learning center at Kessel Kids in 2010 to teach kids how to care for animals throughout the year.

Volunteers hope the learning center and yearly visits help encourage the kids to be kind to animals today and every day for the rest of their lives.

Thanks to a sponsorship, there's no cost to adopt Baxter and Phoebe. They just need a home together. If you're interested, click here.

The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa has helped animals for 15 years. Within the next month, the group plans to break ground on a new adoption center in Decorah.

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