Eileen Seetho, a high school student from Granada High School, is passionate about caring for pets.
Using the internet as a platform to spread her message, she founded a website and club to positively impact her community and her furry friends.
“The website, ‘Better Care for Pets’, primarily targets an audience of teenagers and adults,” said Eileen, 17. “We publish weekly blogs on animal care, animal physiology and wildlife conservation. Our mission is to show people that they can make a difference in the well-being of their pets.
The Livermore resident said her website serves as a guide to helping pet owners keep their pets happy and well cared for. She started building the site last summer, while restrictions on shelter-in-place kept many people at home, noting that her new downtime allowed her to get creative. She also created the Pet Care Club (PCC) to help raise awareness and educate on the subject of pet care.
Several experiences with animals – both domesticated and wild – helped form Eileen’s love for all creatures at a young age. She remembered one animal in particular, Jasper, that had touched her heart.
“My love for animals grew even more when a baby squirrel fell from a tree when I was in grade nine,” Eileen said. “I called him Jasper, and he was so young; he was still both blind and deaf. I got attached to him, but decided that the best thing I could do for him was to donate him to the Lindsay Wildlife Foundation, as they had a rehabilitation program for squirrels in similar situations. This experience changed my life.
PCC vice president Alyssa Eaton is also a lifelong animal lover. She said she was grateful for the opportunities offered by the club.
“I’m currently in second year, so I started high school in my forties with little opportunity to get involved,” Alyssa said. “Overall I would say that becoming a member of this club and participating in blogging has inspired me to continue working with animals in the future and to try to educate more people about the day to day issues of the animal. animal world. “
Alyssa takes a leadership role at club meetings, helping members learn about animal physiology. She also leads the group in organizing club events and collecting supplies for local animal shelters. She is the author of a blog post on the energy levels of different breeds of dogs and can’t wait to write more.
“The website that Eileen launched has a lot to do with our goals of raising awareness and educating others about current issues, both with pets in captivity, as well as animals in the wild,” said she declared. “Being able to blog on these topics inspired me to do more research on animals and increased my interest in working with them in the future. “
Eileen said she hopes site visitors learn something new about pet care and health, as even good pet owners might not know everything.
“I believe if you can better understand your pet’s physiology, you can better understand how they function,” she said. “For example, you would understand why some dogs shouldn’t go for a walk on a hot day, and with that you can prevent certain problems from arising. We cover that too. We have preventative information and information to help solve some common pet issues. “