Campaign 101 Meets Adoption Goal

Melvin ChamblissAlfred State is pleased to announce the attainment of the goal of 101 animal adoptions as part of Campaign 101. Eighty-three animals have been adopted from the Hornell Area Humane Society and 18 from the SPCA Serving Allegany County in Wellsville, NY. Eighteen of the adoptions were by faculty, staff, or students since August 2011.

“An important piece of civic engagement is identifying a community challenge - and collaboratively coming up with a solution,” notes Jonathan Hilsher, director of civic engagement. “Campaign 101 has been a great example of this, as the Alfred State community leveraged its veterinary expertise and invested effort to support the mission of these two local shelters, raise awareness, and generate additional adoptions of shelter animals.”

Melvin Chambliss, associate professor in the Agriculture & Veterinary Technology department and a board member for the Hornell Humane Society, also highlights the outreach aspect. “I think this type of community interaction and what we do on a continuing basis gives the local community a birds-eye view of what we do in our program and the skills our students have acquired dealing with both the client (public) and their pets,” he remarks. “I think the things we do are an integral part of Alfred State’s overall efforts to serve our local community.” He also added that over 300 members of the community joined he, students, and Dr. Siedel from the Hornell Area Humane Society for the Wellness and Vaccination Clinic held last month.

Campaign 101, in honor of the College’s 101st commencement, is a project between Alfred State and the two shelters, providing veterinary technology students with hands-on experience and civic engagement while supporting community organizations. By removing the barrier of costly spaying/neutering services, Alfred State helps make the pets more readily adoptable. In addition to the adoption component, the campaign also seeks to raise $4,500 for the costs involved in the procedures, as well as educate the community on pet first aid and disaster preparedness. Ninety-three contact hours of such training were completed.

To support the campaign, donate online or mail a check (made payable to ASC Development Fund and indicated for Campaign 101) to Institutional Advancement at 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802. Questions about donations may be directed to Institutional Advancement at (607) 587-3930 or ia@alfredstate.edu.

In photo: Melvin Chambliss, associate professor in the Agriculture & Veterinary Technology Department