ISS students help animals feel at home

Published 9:39 pm Monday, December 21, 2009

Students from Indian Springs School in Shelby County came down to spread a little Christmas cheer for homeless animals at the Chilton County Humane Society on Monday.

It was the first of many projects for the school’s Homeless Hearts Club, a new organization dedicated to changing the lives of animals through volunteer service.

While at the shelter, the students served a “holiday stew” of specialty dog food, helped bathe and walk some of the animals, and delivered pet blankets and supplies donated by ISS students, faculty and staff.

“Since I was little, I’ve always had animals,” said junior Andrea Mayo, who was instrumental in organizing the Homeless Hearts Club.

At age 13, Mayo started volunteering at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Both of her pets are rescue dogs, and she encourages people to consider adopting rescued animals and, of course, to spay and neuter.

“I think this was a good place to start,” she said of the Chilton County Humane Society. “I think this will spark a lot of interest and our club will be able to grow.”

Every month, the club will select a different animal organization to support. Victoria Arrand, director of development at Indian Springs School, said she knew the shelter’s need was great.

“I knew any assistance our students donated or provided would be greatly needed and appreciated,” Arrand said.

“We’re extremely appreciative for everything these kids have done,” added Joe Murphy, director of the Chilton County Humane Society.