No Kill Advocacy Club volunteers work to save animals’ lives
One by one the Aspen Heights leasing office in downtown Lincoln fills with people who have come to see the dogs. The four-legged friends sit with their tails wagging as each person embraces them with a soft pet on the head.
These dogs are up for adoption. Had they not been accepted into a foster program, they would probably have undergone euthanasia.
This meet and greet event was put on by No Kill Advocacy Club in cooperation with Revolution Rescue and Aspen Heights to promote fostering animals and adoption. Aspen Heights is one of the few student housing complexes advertising a pet-friendly environment.
The event was just one many the No Kill Advocacy Club has sponsored this year. Club members also make weekly trips to Good Dog Rescue of Nebraska and Epona Horse Rescue. The club has partnered with 10 different no-kill shelters.
“Most shelters are based on occupancy, availability or how long the animal has been there,” said Cheryl Circo, the club’s president. “If an animal has been there too long, they don’t see it as adoptable and euthanize it.
By promoting adoption from the local no-kill shelters, members can help animals facing euthanasia.
“No-kill shelters will take animals on death row in kill shelters and save them,” Circo said. “If Lincoln became more pet-friendly it would really help the community.”
The club draws in many different students who give their time to help the animals. The club is only about three years old and has more than 100 members.
“My dog is in Omaha, so this is a great way for me to have contact with animals,” said member Ashley Fasthorse. “I grew up with him so it’s really hard being on campus without my dog.”
The club provides the opportunity for students away from their beloved pets to get time with animals as well as offering them volunteer work.
“When people ask me what I like to do for fun, I say volunteering. I like volunteering, but then volunteering with animals is even better because it makes it fun,” Fasthorse said.
The love for pets is motivation for the club’s members to give their time, which is mutually beneficial for students and rescues.
“Being an out-of-state student, missing my dog makes me want to volunteer as much as possible so I don’t miss them as much,” said member Crystal Pena. “I especially enjoy working with dogs at the rescues that have been given a second chance; I want to help get them to their forever home.”