Vet Tech Students Help Set the Newest Fall Tradition in Eau Claire

When you think of fall in Western Wisconsin, there are many different traditions that come to mind.  Picking apples at the local orchard, selecting the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch for carving, or even taking a drive through the countryside to look at the beautiful fall colors are just a few.  Thanks to a group of veterinary technology degree students at Globe University-Eau Claire, there is a new tradition that is becoming even more well-known across campus and Eau Claire—the Bob’s House for Dogs Calendar Raffle.

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Globe University-Eau Claire's veterinary technology students raise money to help their four-legged friends in need. Top row, from left: Bridgette Barna, Lacey Murphy, Eric Taylor, Eric Taylor, Melissa Kriese. Bottom row, from left: Andrea Woody, Kristen Halbert

The vet tech students are helping to sell raffle calendars to raise money for Bob’s House for Dogs, which is a foster care and adoption facility for canines that provides one-one-one specialized care with all the comforts of home.  Bob’s House for Dogs was created in 2005 when a local family in Eau Claire lost their beloved four legged family member, Bob—a former Humane Society dog. In his honor, they decided to build a foster home for shelter dogs in the Chippewa Valley to assist with their adoption.

Veterinary technology instructor and Dog’s House volunteer Heather Mann explained that, “Bob’s House helps provide treatment to dogs that they may not be able to receive at a normal shelter and can also provide a place for dogs that require an additional level of care to survive, such as senior aged dogs.”

This specialized foster facility, in a more comfortable environment, helps alleviate some of the dogs’ anxiety to better prepare them for their forever families.

Veterinary technology program students have set a goal to raise $1,000 for Bob’s House in the next month to help support such a great cause.  The students commented on the event by saying, “We are excited to be participating in the fundraiser and helping dogs that may otherwise not be adopted.”  The students were eager to show off their raffle calendars during a recent visit to their classroom. 

To kick off the raffle, Bob’s House came to the Eau Claire campus to tell students, faculty, and staff about what Bob’s House has to offer and shared some of their successful adoption stories. 

Career Services Coordinator Alexandra Randall attended the kick-off and was inspired by the event.  Alex commented, “It’s great to see the students in the veterinary technology program so passionate to raise money for such an amazing organization. Bob’s House for Dogs offers assistance and care to animals in coordination with the local humane societies. It’s exciting to see the students collaborating with the community to make a difference.”  

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Possibly a handful of winners? Don't forget to purchase your calendar raffle tickets to support Bob's House for Dogs!

Those that are interested in purchasing a raffle calendar can do so for $10 from Bob’s House or at the Globe University-Eau Claire campus.  Winners are selected each Sunday through November and December, with a total of $5,000 given away in prizes. If anyone is interested in selling raffle tickets, they can get more information on the Bob’s House Raffle page or can contact Danica Lowry by e-mail at danica.lowry@bobshousefordogs.org or by calling 715-797-1624.

The veterinary technology degree students are excited to have the opportunity to raise money for such a great organization and hope that everyone will “mark their calendars” over the next month to support local dogs in need.

Written by Samuel Fisher, Director of Career Services, Globe University-Eau Claire