“You have not lived a day until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan
A puppy cannot pay you money. A kitten cannot buy you lunch. An old rabbit cannot write a thank-you note. For members of Corona High’s Homeless Pets Club, knowing that they’ve saved the life of an animal or brought joy to a pet without an owner, is payment enough, and John Bunyan would agree – they’ve lived.
For those unfamiliar with Homeless Pets Club, the purpose is to do what the name implies; to help homeless pets. Countless numbers of pets including dogs and cats end up in shelters either because of their owners or because they were born on the street. Homeless Pets club is determined to help these animals until they’re adopted. Jasmin Contreras, the treasurer, sums up the main goal of the club for the 2016-2017 school year, “to spread awareness about homeless animals and ways to help”.
Anyone can join Homeless Pets club, whether you want to work with animals as an adult or just think they’re cute. Ferah Williams, the Vice President, explained what would happen at an average meeting for those interested in joining, “We would just talk about homeless pets awareness, and upcoming events.” Currently, all officer positions are filled but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved as a regular member. Ferah continued to outline the average responsibilities of someone in the club, “Just to show up at the events to show some support.”
The club is currently contacting shelters to coordinate volunteer opportunities for students. If the club-life isn’t for you, simply show up to these events; the Homeless Pets club welcomes all the involvement it can get. Volunteers will get to do fun and hands-on tasks such as walking dogs and cleaning up which helps out these shelters a lot. These hours also look good on college applications when it comes time to apply.
Events aren’t the only thing this club does. Emily Heaston, the president, explains another main job within the club, “We’re going to get the word out about different pets that are almost being euthanized.” Members of the club will contact a local shelter and inquire about older animals or ones that have been at the shelter for a long time. Information about these animals will then be spread around school via social media, posters, etc. so that these animals can have the chance to be adopted before they’re put down.
So whether you love dogs or cats, own a parakeet or a snake; Homeless Pets Club welcomes you to join them as they help animals find wonderful permanent homes. You’ll need new friends, both furry and human. Meetings will be one to two times a month after school in K-1, with exact dates announced over the PA. If you have any questions about the club, Mrs. Grabow is available during first lunch or after school to answer any questions.