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​PCC Students Make a Difference at Pratt Area Humane Society

07 May 2015

As Pratt Community College students complete their final exams and prepare to return home for the summer, the Pratt Area Humane Society looks back at the impact their student volunteers have made on the organization throughout the year.
Susan Mayberry is a PCC employee and chair of the Rescue Committee for the Humane Society. She describes the many student groups that came to donate their time, and credits them with giving the animals much needed exercise and attention, including the cross country team members, who take the larger dogs for distance runs.
“Volunteering at the Humane Society is beneficial because every animal deserves a loving home,” said Mayberry. “The PCC students help a lot and have devoted a lot of time to service with us.”

Web1.jpgMarcy Thomas is a liberal arts sophomore from Halstead, Kan. and spent the past semester volunteering once a week as part of the PCC Cheer Team.

“When you adopt a dog, you want it to be well taken care of when you bring it home with you, so we keep them happy and healthy while they’re waiting to be rehomed,” said Thomas. “Taking the dogs for walks also keeps them visible to the public, which we hope will facilitate more adoptions.”

Shayley Miller is a sophomore from Goodland, Kan. and also volunteers with the cheer team.
“The most memorable moment for me was an afternoon when the smallest Chihuahua escaped, and it took eight of us to chase it down! It was the perfect example of the teamwork the Humane Society relies upon. Volunteering isn’t work for me, it’s a chance for me to make a difference while having fun at the same time.”

 Besides sending student volunteers, PCC also collects toner and ink cartridges which are sold to benefit the Humane Society. According to Mayberry, $250 was donated from the cartridge collection during the spring semester to offset veterinarian fees and the cost of spaying and neutering.

Web3.jpgWith most students leaving Pratt for the summer, the Humane Society continues to seek additional volunteers . The organization plans to begin a landscaping and remodeling project in May to further improve the facility. Individuals interested in volunteering must fill out a liability waiver and can contact the Humane Society for more information at 620-672-6777.
Volunteering at the Humane Society is just one of the ways that PCC celebrates being part of the Pratt community. Our mission is maximum student learning, individual and workforce development, high quality instruction and service, and community enrichment. Each year, the members of the PCC family contribute more than 13,000 hours in community service and engagement to South Central Kansas. Our middle name is community.


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