Our afternoon began with students playing with some cats followed by lots and lots of petting and ear rubs. We were shown around the facilities that houses about 50 dogs and over 75 cats. It was hard to walk around the premises and not feel like every beautiful animal was begging you to take them home! Club members couldn't wait to dive in and get one-on-one time with the animals and staff.
While faculty advisor Sarah Manning helped clean litter boxes and bird cages, students were split into a variety of groups aiding in an array of responsibilities. Four club members ended up bottle feeding 3 week old orphaned puppies. They learned how to hold the bottles and even burp the cute little pups. Another group cleaned and disinfected dog kennels and living spaces within the building, a gross job, but most vital! Students exercised a variety of dogs in all shapes, sizes, breeds, and temperaments. Other members got down and dirty bathing muck-covered puppies and prepping animals for transfer to a neighboring animal care center a few towns over.
Interact will be returning to the Humane League this Saturday to provide more assistance to faculty and care to furry-(or feathery)-footed tenants.