Essay Community Service At Awsom Animal Shelter

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Community Service at AWSOM Animal Shelter Volunteering at an animal shelter can get messy fast. Between muddy paws, spilled food, and stray animals, there is always something to do. Over the summer I was able to give my time to the AWSOM animal shelter and help homeless animals. I learned a lot about AWSOM’s history and how it came to be. Also, I was able to experience and help with a multitude of activities and see firsthand how many unwanted pets there truly are. Throughout my time volunteering at the AWSOM animal shelter, I realized the dedication going into caring for the animals and the importance of adoption in the community. AWSOM, formally known as the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe, has been the only no kill shelter in Monroe County since 2009. Prior to the opening, the building was used for the Pennsylvania SPCA and AWSOM employee Ann Barton worked there (Barton). During an interview with Ann, she recalled that many animals that entered the SPCA never found an adoptive home and ended up being euthanized. “The Pennsylvanian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals closed the Stroudsburg shelter in January 2009 after a Pocono Record investigation revealed that half the animals taken in by the shelter were euthanized (Brelje).” After the SPCA was shut down, there was a desperate need for a shelter to help with the overpopulation of animals in Monroe County. In September of 2009, a group of people came together to make plans for starting the AWSOM animal…

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