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spcaLA’s Teaching Love & Compassion (TLC) Students Graduate

» November 15, 2006

Long Beach, CA—Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles’ (spcaLA) progressive Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC) program, conducted with students from the Cubberley Elementary School, will hold graduation ceremonies on Thursday, November 16th at 5:00pm at spcaLA’s P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village in Long Beach.

TLC—developed by spcaLA in 1994—is designed to teach at-risk youth empathy and compassion toward animals and fellow humans—qualities lacking in most violent offenders. By learning and refining anger management techniques and conflict resolution skills, the children learn to work together to improve their life skills, as well as socialize and train shelter animals, making them more adoptable.

“The goal of the TLC program is to foster the sentiment of kindness to animals in children and adults,” said spcaLA president Madeline Bernstein. “We are teaching our youth to respect all life at an early age, by demonstrating these values, we are breaking the cycle and deterring them from future violence toward people.”

spcaLA’s TLC program worked with nine students from the Cubberley Elementary School in Long Beach and three shelter dogs.

The P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village is located at 7700 East Spring Street in Long Beach.