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2022 Service-Learning Symposium: Dog Welfare

Dog Welfare

Authors: Sarah Overman

Faculty Supervisor: Jessica Melilli-Hand, Ph.D., MFA

Community Partner: Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia


For my service-learning project, I gave my time to the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in person to help with any needs around the shelter. I mainly socialized the cats and dogs by giving them affection and used to touch. As well as take walks and play in the fenced in area. Working with the Humane Society took a lot of stress off staff and gave animals attention they need. Im impacting the community by socializing and training dogs to be good on leashes. The knowledge I learned during this course like the research skills can be put into my posters and papers. I recently just made a poster including my dog. This poster correlates with my partnership and paper because it creates awareness of the harms from hot asphalt to dog pads and the well-being of the dogs. I have put these posters in my moms vet clinic in hopes to spread awareness. The topic for my poster came up when I was brainstorming and thought how hot asphalt is to me and how unbearable it feels to dogs. I then did some research and created a poster for distribution to the public. This service learning partnership allows me to help my community and gives drive to my passion for helping animals.