Second Annual Dog Adoption Fair

Second Annual Dog Adoption Fair

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Danielle Artis & Kathleen Regan
November 11, 2013

On Saturday, October 26th, students participating in the Animal Welfare Civic Engagement project, also known as Team Animal Welfare (TAW), organized their own Pet Adoption Fair in coordination with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue at TWC's Residential Academic Facility in NoMa. Students were assigned to four different groups including:


  • Bake Sale
  • Event Promotion
  • Supply Drive
  • T-Shirt Sales

Each group worked on specific tasks to make the Adoption Fair a huge success. The event promotions team put together a social social media campaign with Facebook and Twitter posts, and visited NoMa neighborhood businesses and apartment buildings to promote the Lucky Dog Adoption Fair. The T-shirt team sold t-shirts online while the bake sale team held two bake sales. The supply drive team was put in charge of the Pet-A-Dog event, which raised money and donations during the Lucky Dog Adoption Fair.


By the end of the Lucky Dog Adoption Fair, the Animal Welfare Civic Engagement group raised $248.00, received three applications for dog adoptions, and collected various items including dog toys, treats and new collars and leashes.


Throughout the semester, participants of this project also got to interact with speakers from the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society University, and Animalearn. They learned how to influence public policy on issues such as eliminating puppy mills. The overarching goal and takeaway from a project of this kind is to teach TWC students about how they can make a change on their home campuses. They hear from community educators about respecting and caring for animals, and from groups that rescue, foster and re-home animals.


Cory Fowler, a student at Tiffin University, said “the Animal Welfare Civic Engagement group alerted me to many animal rights issues I was previously unaware of. I have since learned what actions I can take to raise awareness and to help animals in need. This has been an invaluable experience.” Yang Yuanchen, a student at Tsinghua University in China, agreed and said that “joining Animal Welfare has been one of my best memories here at TWC. It not only raised my awareness of animal rights…but also equipped me with skills and expertise to protect endangered animals. I know from both the program leaders and fellow group members I can be a part of positive change.”


The Animal Welfare Civic Engagement project is looking forward to holding its next adoption in April 2014.

The Washington Center produces not only future leaders in their professions but also well-informed citizens who are engaged with their communities and their world. The goal of the civic engagement projects is to allow students to become well informed about an issue they care about and then work to make a positive difference in public life at the local, national or global level. Students devote a minimum of 15 hours over the course of the semester to active learning (attending meetings, lectures and hearings) and action (advocacy or volunteering). By the end of the semester, students write a three-to-four page report reflecting on the experience and articulating how the project helped them become more informed citizens. Find out more aboutcivic engagement efforts in TWC's current and previous terms.


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