Written by Amanda Loewen, service learning coordinator at Globe University-Appleton
On Saturday, November 15, students in Introduction to Veterinary Technology at Globe University-Appleton assisted with the annual Saving Paws
Holiday Miracle Fundraiser. Saving Paws is a non-profit animal rescue dedicated to rescuing homeless, abandoned and special needs animals. They find new adoptive homes or provide lifelong sanctuary for these animals. Through outreach and education, the organization also seeks to decrease the number of unwanted animals and animal cruelty incidents in our community.
The students helped out in multiple areas, both before and during the fundraiser. Some students volunteered in the morning by setting up booths and displays, decorating tables and organizing raffle and auction items. The rest of the students volunteered in the evening during the event. These students’ tasks included selling raffle tickets, monitoring the silent auctions and taking final payments from auction winners.
“This was a great way to support one of the shelters that allows us to utilize their animals throughout the quarter,” Amy Plach, veterinary technology instructor and certified vet tech, said. “Volunteering at this event allowed the students to see a different perspective of a non-profit shelter. The students experienced some of what goes into making a non-profit shelter’s fundraiser a success.”
The students were able to walk away with a new understanding and appreciation for the organization.
“I learned that in setting up for a big event such as this was, the more people willing to help, the better! It is also great when people can get along with each other and get so much accomplished, even if they just met,” Charity Zeigler, veterinary technology student, said.
“I could not believe the number of people who showed up to show their support and to be there for the animals at Saving Paws. The people of Saving Paws are doing what they love to do, and they are doing a wonderful job in doing so. Hopefully in the near future, I will find some time to head to Saving Paws and help make a difference,” Stephanie Webster, veterinary technology student, added.