On Tuesday, Oct. 3, and Wednesday, Oct. 4, the Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL) brought puppies to the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus and as a result, three were adopted.
Stephanie Wood, the district-wide graphic designer at Holmes, adopted Stella, a sweet 1-year-old boxer.
"Our family had been considering adopting a dog since our beloved Boxer, Huey, passed away almost two years ago," Wood said. "When I saw Stella, I knew she would be perfect for us. We were happy to give her a new home, and thankful to MARL for all they do for these sweet fur babies!"
Breanna Moss, a freshman from Yazoo City, adopted a small white mixed breed puppy, only a few months old, whom she named Snowflake.
"I didn't come out here today planning to adopt a pet," Moss said. But I was out here, maybe two seconds, when I saw her and thought, 'I've got to have her!'"
Two more furry ones gained new owners, as well. One of the dogs brought to campus Tuesday, a German shepherd puppy, was adopted by an anonymous Holmes student at MARL's shelter following the event. Then, on Wednesday, a stray kitten that wandered onto campus was brought over to where MARL was set up and adopted soon after.
The event, called "Stress Paws-er," was organized by Student Activities Coordinator Amanda Lindsey and the student Ambassadors. held to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to take a "paws" in their day and pet some puppies for stress relief. During the two-day event, the MARL coordinators had adoption paperwork on hand, as well as information for those interested in volunteering.
"I came up with name idea of 'Stress-Paws-er' because it's the one thing we wish we could do during midterms...PAUSE and take a breather," said Ambassador Slade Allgood. "Plus, puppies always make stressful situations better."
"I just love the idea of puppies being able to get adopted, and for them to be able de-stress the students during midterms," said Savannah Collins, another one of the Ambassadors. "It was just a fun time, and I really appreciate MARL for all they did. I cannot wait for us to be able to do it again in the future."
MARL is private, 501Â©3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals. The open admission shelter, charted in 1969, takes every animal brought to them and is the largest full-service animal welfare organization in Central Mississippi. The organization takes in and cares for approximately 13,000 animals a year, including horses, and works with animals from 15 city and municipality animal controls, including Ridgeland, Madison, Pearl, Flowood, Brandon, Clinton and Vicksburg. The center is located at 5221 Greenway Drive Ext. in Jackson.
"I want to extend a big thank you to my friends at the Mississippi Animal Rescue League for hanging out on the Ridgeland Campus," Lindsey said. "Students put a "paws" on stress and some walked away with adoptions! I was literally jumping up and down for every adoption. That stray kitten certainly picked the perfect day to walk on campus. She now has the sweetest owner. These fur babies were so well behaved. I urge everyone to please consider adopting!"
For more information on how to adopt from or volunteer with MARL, call (601) 969.1631 or visit www.msarl.org.
For more information on Holmes, visit www.holmescc.edu.
IN THIS PHOTOS:
(left) Pictured is Stephanie Wood, district graphic designer for Holmes, with Stella, her new adopted boxer. (right) Pictured is Holmes student Breanna Moss with Snowflake, her new adopted puppy.