In my high school, for the first year ever, there has been a graduation-based requirement to complete a "senior project." This year for my senior project, I wanted to help with animals in my community. I contacted the local animal shelter to see if I could do my senior project there. My family adopted a dog that traveled from North Carolina to Rhode Island. I was interested when I got him what his life was like before we adopted him. I wanted to incorporate this wonderful adoption program in my senior project because I was interested and I had adopted a dog that made this same transition. As I was talking with my mentor, Pearl, I asked her if any more dogs were coming up from North Carolina to The Robert Potter League, here in Rhode Island, and she responded "no, we don't have the funds to bring the dogs up here". I then asked what would happen to all the dogs that are unable to come up and she explained that they would be euthanized because of the overpopulation of the kennel in North Carolina. As a result, I decided to donate $1,000 to the shelter to bring 14 puppies up here. After only several days after arriving at the shelter in Rhode Island, the first batch of 14 beautiful puppies were all adopted into loving homes. I know what the feeling is like because of my previous experiences with adopting a North Carolina dog. I not only gave these 14 dogs their lives to be lived to the fullest but I also made 14 families very happy with a new addition to the family. I realized my money not only funded this specific group to come up but it was also used to fund two other groups as well. My donation ended up saving the lives of close to 50 dogs and puppies. It also secured that in the future more trips will be made due to the success of my project. This experience has been heart-warming and the best experience I have ever had in my life.
To show the impact that this transfer made on both shelters, I created a scrapbook with the stories from the the adoptive families and they sent me stories on how each dog has impacted the individual families. The stories were amazing. One of the adopted puppies is going to be in an animal-assisted therapy dog, assisting children. These dogs were saved from being euthanized and they now benefit the community in a variety of ways.