For students, there is nothing impossible about supporting animals

by Lily Watkins

Forget crazy cat lady; sophomore Daisy Owen is a crazy dog lady in the making. As founder of the Mission PAWsible club, it’s natural to be a bit nutty for animals. Owen has always been a dog lover, and that love only grew over this past year.

“Last year, my obsession kind of grew. I came to videos of puppy mills when I was watching dog videos online, and I was inspired to do something about it,” Owen said. Puppy mills are places where puppies are bred for profit, with little concern for the health of the dogs. The conditions of these mills are often inhumane.

pawsgraphicThe Humane Society of the United States has listed Nebraska and Iowa among the “Horrible Hundred,” a list which investigates the operations of 100 puppy mills in 16 states. Though Missouri and Kansas rank at the top of the list with the most “problematic dealers” as stated by the report, Nebraska and Iowa follow exactly behind.

Owen had always been a dog person, and seeing such painful videos

 

of dogs in mills both saddened Owen and emboldened her to take action. That motivation manifested itself in founding the Mission PAWsible club. The mission of the club is multifold; through the club, the members hope to raise awareness about animal abuse, support animals and all-around care for animals in any way they can.

Resident technology specialist Jane Campbell has always loved dogs. Knowing Campbell’s love of dogs and that she owned a therapy dog, Owen asked Campbell to be the moderator of the newfound club, to which Campbell happily agreed.

Though both are well-known dog lovers, Owen and Campbell do not intend to focus their club solely on dogs.

The club is still in its fledgling stages, but Owen and Campbell are already bursting with ideas as to projects the club could undertake. “We’ve talked about organizing a Marian team for the Nebraska Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals fundraiser next fall. I’ve participated in that event several times and it’s a lot of fun for animals and humans,” Campbell said.

While much is still in the works, the two leaders are looking forward to all the opportunities the future will hold for the club.

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Puppy love Eden Opiyo ’21 and Ashlee Czyz ’21 pet a therapy dog at Surprise Day. The therapy dogs proved to be a big hit at the annual event. Students are encouraged to know the difference between service dogs and therapy dogs.  Mrs. Jane Campbell explains it this way: “Service dogs go through much more extensive training beginning as a young puppy, where they learn to assist a person with a disability or medical condition. Service dogs are amazing, hard-working dogs and not considered pets. Therapy dogs, like my dog Max, go through obedience training and learn manners and how not to react to loud noises or situations. They are, essentially, pets with good manners who work to spread happiness and help people feel good.” Photo by Maria Determan.

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