Hamilton College Students Give Back At The Humane Society Of Rome

Hamilton College Students Give Back At The Humane Society Of Rome

School is back in session. And, the first week of college usually means buying books and making friends. But at Hamilton College, all 500 first-year students are taking part in "Hamilton Serves," a day to volunteer and give back.
School is back in session. And, the first week of college usually means buying books and making friends. But at Hamilton College, all 500 first-year students are taking part in "Hamilton Serves," a day to volunteer and give back.

It's not your typical classroom, but there's plenty of learning going on. (Dogs barking)

"I actually got to see all the really hard work involved in running a shelter like this," says Lily Frost, Hamilton College student.

10 Hamilton students spent the day sweeping, feeding, and petting at the Humane Society of Rome.

"A lot of people have pets but I don't think they realize that a lot of animals don't live in a good home," says Collin Purcell, Hamilton College student.

"And how much work is necessary to give these animals temporary homes," says Frost.

And the Humane Society says with 50 cats and 20 dogs, the works never ends so volunteerism goes a long way.

"With the staff being at minimum, we're almost always a little bit behind. If we had more volunteers we could get a lot more done and selfishly, it makes you feel darn good," says Rebecca Hamm, Humane Society of Rome employee.

The Humane Society says while volunteering or adopting won't change the world, it certainly will make a difference for at least 1 animal.

"You know you're giving a creature love that its clearly difficult for them, that they don't have homes," says Frost.

Even though it's just one day of service, the Humane Society says it makes a big difference, and that's for both the animals and the students.

"We aren't here to save the whole shelter in 1 day but I know the bit of what we have done will contribute," says Frost.

"Change a dogs life or change a cats life, spread some love around, and really get out there and try to help," says Purcell.

More than 60 non-profit agencies took part in "Hamilton Serves." As for the Rome Humane Society, they say they're always looking for volunteers and adopters.

For more information:
http://www.humanesocietyrome.com
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