Teens unite to work for animals
By Leslie Sullivan
|Meghan Fletcher and Jon DeBlock
clean chipping paint off the animal shelter’s door.
SPARTA — During recessions and natural disasters animal
shelters get overwhelmed with the number of animals dropped off at facilities.
Often families can no longer afford to care for their pets or pets are not
allowed in apartments when families are forced to move.
Hurricanes and floods displace countless animals who become orphaned and in need of care.
Some Sparta High School students want to help. On Saturday,
May 23, they volunteered at B.A.R.K.S Animal Shelter in Byram.
The teens belong to an animal rights group, started by sophomore Amanda Iannuzzi, to advocate for laws protecting animals against abuse — including cruel science and product experiments.
The group meets every Tuesday, and
has come a long way. They hope to become an organized school club. They formed
in early winter and on a regular bases have about ten active members. In the
future the group hopes to sign petitions and really make a change in the lives
of animals. They also plan on helping out some local pets in Sparta who are
homeless and find them loving homes.
Teachers Robert Jones and Brigitte Egli assisted the group with rides to and from B.A.R.K.S, and by helping out at the shelter.
“We are a voice to the animals, and that’s why we need to do something. They are helpless without us,” said Iannuzzi.
The students arrived at a
seemingly small shelter, but soon understood how much their work helped.
B.A.R.K.S is a non-profit animal rescue organization. They provide
animals with veterinary care, housing and permanent placement of stray
and abandoned cats and dogs.
Interested in lending a hand? Contact Judy Lofgren at 973-525-7272, firstname.lastname@example.org).