Trips to the Animal Shelter

My main job as Co-President of a club called Zookeepers is planning trips to the local SPCA. The club volunteers their time by walking and playing with dogs as well as taking care of the cats. It is wonderful for both parties involved because the K students get stress relief, and the animals get attention and exercise, which makes them calmer and therefore more likely to be adopted.

I have sometimes found myself feeling a little peeved when I realize I have signed up to volunteer at the shelter on a certain day, since it is an hour or two out of my day time that I could be using to get some homework out of the way. The moment I get off campus, however, I realize how badly I have been needing to give some affection to some well-deserving canine recipients, especially when I see how much they have been needing that affection too.

College student smiling and holding a cat

Dog playing in the snow

Dog sitting in a cage

That is the look of extreme contentedness after a romp in the snow.

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About Alexandra Smith ΚΌ16

Alexandra is a Junior from Corvallis, Oregon who is currently studying abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is a double major in French and International Studies with a minor in Economics. Sophomore year, Alexandra led a program for the Center for Civic Engagement at K and was a Co-President of the club Zookeepers. She loves dancing, painting, writing, eating, and travelling.