Animal betterment is deep within the roots of the New College family.
Recently, I received a grant from the Sara Roberts Foundation to support students in learning about animal betterment and companion animals of homeless people.
As a lifelong learner, I look to students for inspiration and connections to a broader world. Work of Chandra Spaulding ’96, Jacqueline Munera ’07, Deborah Howard ’77, and New College supporter David Pilson is featured in my animal betterment ISPs and tutorials. Let me take a moment to tell you why.
Chandra is founder and president of the Underground Tailroad in Sylvia, North Carolina, an advocacy/rescue organization dedicated to building better communities through the human-animal bond.
Jacqueline Munera is founder of Positive Cattitudes where she helps solve problems between cats and their human companions. She has spoken about how students can get involved in research and training for my classes, never hesitating to offer opportunities.
David Pilson is chief executive officer of Save Our Seabirds in Sarasota, an important educational and rescue/rehabilitation facility. Many students do volunteer work there (SOS needs a lot of volunteer help).
Deborah Howard, founder of the Companion Animal Protection Society in Massachusetts, is involved in trying to shut down puppy mill operations and expose businesses that sell these mill animals. All of these people have at one time or another been a student at New College.
They have taken liberal arts backgrounds and applied them in interesting, powerful ways for companion animals. Current students, staff and faculty could do far worse than study how these Novo Collegians have impacted our world.