The Iberville Parish 4-H Program is implementing a parish-wide service-learning project titled "The Iberville 4-H Pet Pals Project." The Iberville Parish 4-H Jr. Leadership Club, a group of 7-12 grade 4-H'ers, is leading this effort in response to an animal neglect problem that the parish is currently experiencing.

The service-learning project aims to raise awareness about pet care and to encourage local animal owners to take responsibility for the well being of their animals.

The Iberville Parish 4-H Pet Pals Project includes a series of educational experiences, such as veterinarian presentations, collection drives, and visits to the Iberville Parish Animal Shelter. Local 4-H'ers are planning additional opportunities for community involvement to raise awareness about animal neglect and pet care. Several schools have already started collection drives for the shelter.

The next Iberville Parish Jr. Leadership Club Meeting will take place on Dec. 11 at the Iberville Parish Animal Shelter. All 7-12 grade residents of Iberville Parish are welcome to attend the meeting.

Iberville Parish residents in the 4-12 grades are welcome to become 4-H Members at-large. Contact Christina Zito, Iberville Parish 4-H Agent, for program information and details at the Iberville Cooperative Extension Office at 225-687-5155 or at