BOCES COURTESY PHOTO | Animal Science Program students present $600 and assorted sundries to Kent Animal Shelter Office Manager Linda MacDonald.
Animals at the Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton will be a little bit cozier this holiday season thanks to donations raised by students from the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Animal Science Program.
Students from the program, who are preparing themselves for careers related to working with animals, collected towels, food, bones, and quilts, and also raised about $600 by selling candy grams and muffins, to be donated to the not-for-profit shelter.
Linda MacDonald, office manager at Kent, said “one hundred percent will go directly to the care and feeding of [the] homeless animals.”
Students said they heard on the radio that the shelter was in need of donations, and asked their teacher Lisa Mongiello if they could hold the fundraiser for the holiday season.
“The goal is to develop and implement initiatives that support calm, confident, and caring kids,” Ms. Mongiello said, adding that teaching students social, emotional, and critical skills like the fundraiser will help them in interacting with people and animals.
The Kent Animal Shelter – in the process of fundraising to build a new $2.5 million facility – is a not-for-profit humane society proving a haven for homeless, abused, and abandoned animals until new homes can be found.