Hudson Valley Community College students reach out to help creatures great and small. Founded more than 10 years ago, the Animal Outreach Club at Hudson Valley Community College promotes and fosters animal advocacy through a variety of projects both on and off campus. Most recently, the club raised nearly $600 to assist animals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The club’s bake sales and next-to-new sales are popular fundraisers. “Empties for Animals” is an ongoing project to collect returnable bottles and cans with proceeds donated to local animal shelters and rescue organizations. Club members also have painted and installed all-weather houses (built by Construction Technology students) at feral cat colonies throughout the region.
As part of its humane education mission, the Animal Outreach Club plans and supports volunteer opportunities, takes field trips, attends workshops and hosts speakers. In October 2017, Jo-Anne McArthur, renowned photographer, animal activist and founder of We Animals, presented a slide lecture on campus with support from the college’s Cultural Affairs Program.
The Animal Outreach Club is a great example of how SUNY students help their furry friends throughout the year.