Things get a little hairy at Franklin Middle library for National Pet Day


Two dogs, a hamster, a chinchilla, a hedgehog, a turtle, some bunnies and a couple of chickens walk into a library …

No, that’s not the set up for a bad joke; that’s what happened on Friday, May 13, at Dallas ISD’s Benjamin Franklin Middle School to celebrate National Pet Day. Librarian Rosenid Badía arranged for parents to take some family pets to school during lunch for the celebration.

The pets could be held and played with, but only if students read to the animals first. Students were also encouraged to conduct research about the animals and learn what it takes to care for them.

Badía said it was a chance for students, some of whom had little to no experience with animals, to see them up close.

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