PARISH – Sybil Ruffels’ Community Service Learning class at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District recently donated dog beds, bandanas and homemade treats to Wanderers Rest Human Association Inc.
Dee Schafer, a representative of Wanderers Rest in Canastota, visited the class with three of her therapy dogs to share about the mission of the shelter and to thank the students for their very appreciated donations.
Schafer let the students know that they are always looking for volunteers at the shelter.
Volunteers help with feeding and bathing the animals, emptying litter boxes, filing and just being a companion to the animals.
The shelter has a “chat with a cat” program where volunteers spend time reading with the cats, giving them some much-needed love and attention.
As much as she loves taking care of the animals, Schafer said the main goal of the shelter is to find them permanent homes.
“The hardest part of my day is shutting the lights off and leaving,” she said. “I’ve realized I can’t save them all, but if I can save one, I know I’m doing a good thing.”
The dog beds and bandanas that were donated to the shelter were handmade by the APW class.
The students also made four different recipes of biscuits to use as treats.
The shelter uses a service called “iPetCompanion” that allows computer users to see and interact with the cats at the shelter digitally.
The user can control the direction of the camera and press buttons to make three different toy stations move.
This allows anyone to play with the cats in real time from the comfort of their homes.
The link can be found on the shelter’s website, www.wanderersrest.org.
“An animal can make someone’s worst day so much better,” said Shafer.
Being with the therapy dogs during Schafer’s presentation certainly brought many smiles to the students’ faces.