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College Park's Animal Rescue Club

Jan 03, 2018 11:41AM ● Published by Alison Clary

By Alison Clary

College Park seniors Fiona Javete and Emma Swanson co-founded the Animal Rescue Club during their junior year and are passionate about educating people to “adopt, don’t shop” when bringing a new pet into their homes. Fiona is passionate about the cause and says, “We provide opportunities for people to make a difference in the animal rescue community whether it’s volunteering at a shelter or making donations to our local neighborhood drives.”

Club members leave paper bags and flyers on doorsteps and collect items a week later, usually pet food and supplies. The Animal Rescue Club is grateful for these donations and delivers them to Animal Rescue Foundation, Contra Costa Humane Society, and First Response Animal ResQ. The club participated in Earth Day at CPHS last year and collected old T-shirts used to make dog toys, which they donated as well.

The club’s email list has 150 people so far, with about 70 students coming to meetings and 25 students volunteering. So far they’ve done three drives and collected over $2,000 worth of donations. Fiona says, “We hope we can educate our club members and do projects around the school that detail how to help animals in need and how to adopt, not shop.” To see photos of the club on Instagram, go to @animal.rescue.cp.

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