An exotic pet fair. A dog kissing booth. A room full of adoptable cats. Pony rides, fainting goats. Interactive educational tables. A dunk tank. What do these things have in common? They were all key components of this year’s “Globe Goes Wild” themed open house at Globe University-Madison East that focused on collecting funds for two community partners, Heartland Farm Sanctuary and Little Orphan Animal Rescue.
“We chose to work with Little Orphan and Heartland Farm Sanctuary because they are two organizations that show extreme care and passion for animals,” said veterinary technology program chair Heather Wipijewski. “They are both helping animals that may not otherwise be helped.”
The Globe Goes Wild Open House included all of the items above as well as a bounce house, cotton candy, free food, kids’ carnival games and more. Globe University’s veterinary technology students shared their knowledge through interactive technology tables focusing on dental hygiene for pets, pet separation anxiety, and inappropriate elimination.
The Vet Tech Club raised funds at the event through pony rides, a silent auction, a dog kissing booth, and selling balls for the dunk tank. Prior to the event, students voted for the faculty or staff member they wanted to dunk by donating money to jars with their names on them. The top five faculty and staff members with the most money in their jars were dunked at the event.
By the end of the day, more than $1,200 was raised to be split between the two organizations. Heartland Farm Sanctuary plans to use the money toward feed hay for the winter.
Lori Bomski from Little Orphan Animal Rescue said, “The funds will be used for the nuts and bolts of day-to-day operations. We are all volunteers, no paid staff. With administrative expenses below 4 percent year after year, those who donate to Little Orphan Animal Rescue can be assured their money goes directly to the care of our animals in need. The funds raised by the compassionate staff and students of Globe will be spent on food, litter and health care needs.”
Globe University-Madison East staff and faculty are looking forward to helping more organizations in need at next year’s open house.