Freshmen raise money to help rescue animals facing euthanasia
BY JOYCE LIN
Across America, there are roughly 13,600 community animal shelters according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Although some shelters include "humane society" in their titles, many, especially in the south where it is legal to use gas chambers, euthanize animals.
However, most ELHS students are in love with their furry friends, so it was no wonder that when two freshmen heard about the cruel conditions of these animal shelters they decided to take action.
Over winter break, freshman Sana Gupta began working with Friday’s Rescue Foundation, a non-profit organization based in southeastern Connecticut that focuses on rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters, rehabilitating them, and finding a loving family for them.
Many of the rescued animals are older, abused, or injured dogs, who are less likely to be adopted than a young puppy.
"There are so many older dogs who are just as sweet and lovable and really deserve a home. People should want to help them out," said freshman Becca Paggioli, a friend that Gupta asked to do the project with her.
Currently, they are organizing a fundraiser to raise and donate money to the Friday’s Rescue Foundation for not only food and medicine, but also to provide a more safe and clean environment for the rescued animals.
"I always wanted to do something like this so when Sana asked me to do this project with her,
I was really happy. I have a dog, and I could not imagine life without him," Paggioli said.
Their main fundraiser will be a coin war among the grades, which will take place from Feb. 27 through March 3. The girls are also looking to organize a Jeans Day for the teachers and more.
With the help of their friends, family, and their advisor, Ms. Downing, Sana and Becca hope that fundraisers for the Friday’s Rescue Foundation will be annual.
"We hope that we can pass this along to some fifth graders, or to anyone really. They can set up more fundraisers for these animals and then it will be passed on a gain, like a chain reaction," Gupta said.