PLEASE NOTE! Happy Hands Early Learning Academy is a pet friendly environment. There are both friendly dogs and cats on the premises. You may want to consider this, however if your child has known pet allergies.
For both the children's and the animal's safety, the pets are usually kept seperated from the children. ALL animals, no matter how friendly they are, can and will bite or scratch if they feel threatened. The children are taught appropriate touch with the animals, and how to "read" the animal's behaviors, such as cowering, growling, or laying their ears back.
At this time, we have two dogs-RJ is an 8 year old yellow lab and loves everyone! The kids have been known to lay on him, and honestly, he loves it. He's a big teddy bear.
Spike is an 11 year old mini-schnauzer, and although he's the smallest of our mini-schnauzers, he likes to think he's the biggest! He will loudly announce anyone's presence in "his" house, but once he stops barking he'll want to snuggle up and give lots of kisses.
We also have one cat.
Gizmo is 14 years old, and a 17lb beast of a Maine Coon mix. He likes to demand attention by head butting whoever he can until they pet him. He comes upstairs during the day when the dogs are in their kennels.
Gizmo is front declawed, and all our animals are fixed and current on all vaccines.
Seree was our sweet 17 1/2 year old kitty. She was shy, but warmed up to the kids. She'd come out during circle time and dwant to be petted. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge on November 18th, 2015.
Mr Bean was our 10yo mini-schnauzer who we lost on March 19th, 2015. He was a snuggler, and the kids all loved him. He's greatly missed.
Lucky was the old man of the group. He passed away in the spring of 2017 at 13yo. Everyone loved him, and he's left quite a hole in our hearts.