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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Youngsters showed up Friday at the University of Alabama demanding that students there take better care of their pets.

"Leave us memories, not your pets," was just one of the chants heard coming from outside the Ferguson Center at the Alabama campus.

Organizers say it's all in an effort to stop college students from abandoning their pets.

Kids from Davis Emerson Middle School demanded college students at the University of Alabama not add to the growing problem of pet abandonment in the Tuscaloosa area.

"They come to college and they don't have enough time, they don't have enough space, they don't have enough money to give to their pets," Davis Emerson Middle School student Chelsea Watts said.

Watts and her classmates say many of those stray animals wind up in their community. They're rarely spayed or neutered and only add to the issue of former pets turning feral out in the wild.

"Instead of taking them to a shelter or taking them to the Humane Society, they dump them in Holt and we have such a big problem with stray cats and stray dogs," Watts said.

These kids formed a group called "On All Fours" after meeting with UA students enrolled in a Positive Youth Development and Civic Engagement Course.

They hope by getting involved in a cause dear to their hearts, some pet owners will think twice before abandoning their pets.

Organizers say this was the first step in a movement they plan on pushing forward. Besides meeting with others in their community, they'd like to talk to legislators about tougher laws for folks who don't take care of their pets.

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