This winter, the Taylor, Michigan campus of Ross Medical Education Center decided to help out the Taylor Animal Shelter. Campus Director Regina Newell reached out to the shelter and found out that not only do they need supplies such as dog and cat food and cleaning supplies, but what they really need are volunteers to come and walk the dogs. Hannah Roche, from the Taylor Animal Shelter, stated that, “the dogs are limited as to how much time they are able to spend outside of the shelter because many of them do not get along. They have to be walked individually.” The Taylor campus was able to donate two large boxes full of cat and dog food to the shelter which was greatly appreciated.
Coordinating a time to visit the shelter was challenging; however, many students volunteered their time to go to the Taylor Animal Shelter and walk the dogs on a sunny day in February. One student in the Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration program, Desiree Glumm, actually fell in love with her dog and contacted a family member to see if they would be willing to adopt.
Overall, bringing awareness to animals in need of forever homes became the theme for the campus during the month of January. Lead Faculty Instructor, Ms. Dominguez adopted a dog from the Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration instructor Ms. Riley who happened to come across a dog in need of a loving home. At the same time, the Taylor campus found out that a Medical Assistant program graduate, Marissa Carver, adopted a new puppy as well from another shelter.
According to the Taylor Animal Shelter’s website, they “service the cities of Taylor, Riverview and Lincoln Park. In 2016, over 1300 dogs and cats have been brought in to the shelter and over 95% of these animals either return to their home or are adopted out. The Taylor Animal Shelter provides many services such as animal adoptions, lost and found animals, licensing, animal rescue within the city, and responding to the complaints of residents regarding neglected and loose animals.”