Accept, Interact Assist Animal League

Posted on April 3, 2014 by

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On 13 March 2014, Fleetwood’s members of both the Accept and Interact club went to Berks Animal Rescue League to do community service.

“While we were there, we got to see the dogs, cats, and other animals,” explained sophomore Marissa Faranda, who went on the trip.

The Accept club became official about three years ago by a student who attended Fleetwood, and her name was Tanisha Rodriguez.

According to the official web page for Berks Animal Rescue League, since the year 1952, thousands of animals have been spared an uncertain fate and have been given many opportunities to live and prosper.

“We made snacks for the dogs that they sell and those triangle things they tie on their necks,” Faranda said.

At any given time, the shelter could be caring for one hundred and seventy-five animals daily on their ten-acre facility.

Many of those animals need veterinary assistance, training, and rehab. Between the months of May and September, the shelter can receive up to nine hundred cats and three hundred dogs.

“It was our first year doing this field trip, and about eighteen students went.  The members were from the Accept club and the Interact club, and we went during the second half of the day,” Mr. Marc Walter said.

Mr. Evan Sterner, the ISS teacher, also went on the trip because he is the advisor for the Interact club.

The animal league works for about nine months out of the year, and they can receive up to thirty animals a day, even though all of their cages are filled, according to their website.

“We also made advertisements for them,”Faranda said.

Although, the shelter only receives one and a half million dollars as its budget, they are willing to do whatever is needed for those animals.

“We’re sort of like a community service club now, and we accept anybody into the club who wants to make the community a better place,” Mr. Walter said.

Each year, the shelter places about four thousand animals into homes, but that leaves more than half of the animals who come to the shelter to face humane euthanasia, which is always a last resort.

Like many shelters, the Berks Animal Rescue League experiences a lack of charitable giving, staff, and volunteers.
More animals are now living in terrible conditions from a lack of caring and education on this subject.

“I enjoyed getting to see the animals the most,” said Faranda.

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