2015 was the inaugural year of the PGSPCA's college intern program, in partnership with the University of Maryland.
Pre-Vet Interns Up and Running
Hello from the pre-veterinary interns! This past fall was a wonderful experience for us in our first semester as interns, and with the new year we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on last semester and update everyone on our exciting plans for this year.
Since August, we’ve been getting familiar with the clinic and working with the vets at the shot and spay neuter events. Helping at these events has allowed us to improve our animal handling skills, observe surgeries and ask the vets and techs questions, and get involved whenever we can. We began developing protocols for these events, as guidelines to keep things running smoothly, and completed these documents in December. We'll have the documents available around the clinic this year, as well as online, as an evolving way of keeping track of procedures. In between events, we met every other week to organize and plan projects to help improve the clinic, both inside and out. We're looking forward to starting these projects this semester.
One of our primary goals is to raise enough money for a replacement anesthesia machine, and we’ve already had several successful fundraisers as we’ve started working towards this goal. This semester we’ll continue fundraising with on-campus bake sales outside of the University of Maryland McKeldin library, selling healthy dog biscuits at shot clinics, and partnering with local restaurants as we did with Insomnia Cookies in December. We will also launch our YouCaring page to allow people to directly donate money for surgical equipment.
We plan on taking time in the spring to clean, organize, and do some basic maintenance on the interior of the clinic. For the exterior we will recruit clubs at school to help us clean up and do some planting. We’ll also work on articles for the PGSPCA website, as a source of post-event support and to provide information for the general public on other aspects of the clinics. To help keep everyone up-to-date on our progress with these projects, and to encourage interest in supporting our efforts, we plan to start an Instagram page; we will update it with pictures of adorable animals, our various fundraising events, and progress on our projects.
We’re looking forward to another great semester and can’t wait to get started!
-- Lauren, Meghan, Grace, Maria and Sarah
Success Story: Onyx Finds His Forever Home
All of our dogs have been rescues - some taken in as strays directly off
the street and others adopted through foster care organizations or
private adoption when their owners could no longer care for them. They
have all been incredible additions to our family and, in many ways, they
rescue us because they are a constant reminder to love unconditionally,
to forgive and to live in the moment.
We adopted our 7-year-old collie/shepherd mix, Onyx, in September 2015 from the PGSPCA. Through no fault of his own, Onyx’s family dropped him off at the shelter in July 2015, saying they were moving. The dedicated PGSPCA volunteers took Onyx into their adoption program and provided him with overdue and preventive medical care and then found a foster mom for
him until Onyx could find his forever home.
Onyx came to us with excellent house manners, that is, he is completely
housebroken and is never destructive, playing only with the dog toys we
give him. Onyx is a playful and constant companion to our other dog, JR, a 6-year-old golden retriever. They romp around our house and in our yard together all day long. Onyx loves the snow and bounds around in it, encouraging JR to play in it, too. They are convincing guard dogs together whenever anyone approaches our house.
Onyx is also an incredibly affectionate dog, and wants to sit or lay
next to you with his forepaws in contact with you in some way. He had an immediate affinity for our kids, and likes to be near them, especially at bedtime. We are so lucky to have Onyx and JR in our
-- Stacey and Stan Underwood
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