Recently, the Ross Medical Education Center campus in Muncie, Indiana collected donations for their local Muncie Animal Shelter. The students, faculty, and staff donated collars, leashes, food bowls, cleaning supplies, dog and cat food, kitty litter, and toys for both cats and dogs. The shelter was in need of blankets and towels so the campus stepped up and donated those items too. In addition to making donations, the Ross Muncie students and staff also volunteered at the Muncie Animal Shelter.
The Muncie Animal Shelter has been in the area since 2016, operating as an adoption and rescue center. In addition to providing these services, they also run Emerson Dog Park which gives space for dogs both large and small to run and play together! When it comes to adopting a pet, the first thing that is required is the completion of an adoption contract. Then, an adoptive family must ensure that their new pet is spayed or neutered within 30 days of their adoption with an adoption voucher given by the shelter. Each animal that is adopted or reclaimed from the Muncie Animal Shelter is microchipped and registered for ownership identification.
“When we asked the animal shelter staff how we could serve them in the best way, they told us it is very hard for them to wash all of the food bowls and litter boxes,” said Office Assistant Savannah Johnson. “We rolled up our sleeves and started with that task first!” The Ross students and staff worked together to wash 75 dog and cat bowls and washed and dried over 40 cat litter boxes.
They enjoyed walking the dogs and took them to a room where they were able to play with them. The dogs loved fetching the ball and getting belly rubs! It was wonderful seeing how the animals loved interacting with the students and staff. The students also loved on all of the cats in their kitty area. “It was a great day and our students enjoyed giving back to our community. Two of our students fell in love and adopted a cat and a dog!”