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Members of the Onslow County Animal Shelter, Carolina Animal Protection Society and the Lejeune High School National Honor Society pose with dozens of donated pet items during a presentation the NHS put on at the Lejeune High School, recently. The LHS NS students collected a variety of donations in support of their recent pet shelter drive and did exceptionally well in their latest efforts to provide a better quality of life for less fortunate animals.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Damany S. Coleman

LHS lends helping hand to furry friends

5 Apr 2011 | Lance Cpl. Damany S. Coleman

Lejeune High School National Honor Society students have collected a variety of donations in support of their recent pet shelter drive and did exceptionally well in their latest efforts to provide a better quality of life for less fortunate animals.

After accumulating dozens of items, including colorful animal collars, pet food, beds, bowls, toys and treats, the students presented these donations to both the Carolina Animal Protection Society and the Onslow County Animal Shelter, in the Lejeune High School commons area, recently.

Marissa Price, the president of the NHS, said it was the first time the school established a relationship with CAPS and the OCAS. However, could benefit from everyday pet items which are a lot easier for people to obtain and donate.

Price added that she was always fond of nature and she and her mother, often rescued animals.

“I’ve always been an animal lover and my mom and I used to rescue cats and dogs a lot,” said Price. “In the NHS, we’re always looking for some kind of community project that we can help with. This is more than just being able to put NHS on a college resume, we’re actually earning the title of being a member.”

Price added that around the military community, families typically have animals. With deployments and a constant work schedule, a lot of times, animals fall victim to neglect. Consequently, the local shelters tend to overflow.

Linda Daley, an attendant with the Onslow County Animal Shelter, said the shelter works with many different organizations to help find homes and resources for the abundance of abandoned animals that they receive.

“We also look for volunteers in the local schools,” said Daley. “We’re trying to help the shelter grow to better accommodate the animals. With the supplies that we’re given, we can work toward improving the shelter.”

Daley added that volunteerism and donations have been a great help for the shelter to achieve its goals thus far.

“We’re just trying to raise awareness for all the animals out there that are less fortunate,” said Kayla Siebert, a volunteer coordinator with CAPS. “There are so many that need good homes that don’t have them and are treated inhumanely. We’re trying to change that.”

Last year, the NHS also made cupcakes to raise funds for Haiti relief. The NHS officials say their next possible project is to provide aid for the current victims of the recent 8.9 scale earthquake and tsunami that ravaged parts of Japan.