Women’s studies class helps humane society

Washburn’s introduction to women’s studies class is sponsoring a drive for the Helping Hands Humane Society for supplies until Christmas.

They have two locations to drop off donated items on campus. One is located inside of the Mabee Library and the other one outside of Sharon Sullivan’s office in Garvey, room 133.

Sullivan teaches class, which is a humanities course with no prerequisites.

The class also helps out women who are incarcerated, and will be taking donations in the spring to take to the local correction facility. There is a detailed list on what they can have, but donations like ramen noodles and small cracker snack packs are always welcome.

Some of the most needed items for the HHHS are towels and shredded paper for bedding for puppies, bleach for sanitizing, toys, leashes and collars. Kennels and pet taxis of different sizes are also needed. Kennels are good for families to bring their newly adopted pets home in and for travel.

Ninety percent of people bring the kennels back once they have their cat or dog settled in with the family.

This is the introduction to women’s studies class’ first year doing the drive.

“It was easy to organize,” said Audrey Hastings, who helped organize the event. “Everyone pitched in really quick,”

Hastings, a freshman a nursing major works for AT&T and has three dogs at home, a husky, golden retriever and a German shorthair. When coming up with ideas for community service hours for the class, Hastings’ love of animals gave her the idea for the drive.

“Helping Hands can always use help,” said Hastings.

HHHS doesn’t need any food donations due to keeping the animals there on special diets. Food is usually donated from the local Hill’s Science Diet plant.

Introduction to women’s studies also plans in the future to help out during pet adoption days. Once a year, Petco and PetSmart have two to three dogs on site to be adopted.

Cat litter is always needed, as well as shredded paper when needed for them. “When you’re away from home and in college, a pet makes a world of difference and gives you a piece of home,” said Hastings.

For larger donation items, please contact Vanessa Pahmahmie for pickup at (785) 554-8020 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For a complete list of items to be donated, please visit the Helping Hands Humane Society website at www.hhhstopeka.org.