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The whole group with our group coordinators and Petey the Dog :)
One of my favorite things that we were able to do while in Utah was "doggie sleepovers." Each night we were able to bring a dog home with us, to give them some time away from the sanctuary. The first dog we brought home was Snowman, a pitbull mix, who was rescued during Hurricane Katrina. When they first found him he was walking around with a stuffed snowman in his mouth ... hence the name snowman. (So cute :-) I know!!!)
Another experience that really touched me was meeting one of Michael Vick's fighting dogs, Little Red. They actually think that she was used as bait to train the fighting dogs, because her teeth were all filed down. It was just so sad to think what she had been through, I mean she was so cute and little and sweet, but completely scared off us. She would barely come out to see us the first time we met her. But as we continued to stop by and visit her, she started to become more comfortable and by the end of the week she was running up to us, jumping up on the fencing to be pet. It was so cute!!!
Since I'm on the topic of service I guess I'll also talk about the other programs on campus that I participate in ... I've volunteered with Cause for Paws a lot, working with rescued greyhounds (they are so cute)! I've also done work at King Street Youth Center through the Anthropology department, working with Somali Bantu refugee children. I also did a lot of service while still in high school, going on environmental break away trips to Tennessee and Maine, as well as West Virginia with Habitat for Humanity.
I'm not quite sure why, but I really do have a passion for helping others. I just can't stand to see someone, anyone in pain. Especially while in Utah, all those animals wanted was love, and yet they had been denied that all their life. It's just so sad to think about ... but when you did give them the attention and love that they wanted, you could really tell that they appreciated it. I really felt like I was making a difference and that was just an amazing feeling.