October 19, 2010

Student volunteers can help at animal shelters

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- In celebration of the 20th annual national Make a Difference Day, the Saluki Volunteer Corps at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is encouraging students to give a little of their time and energy to help some of the region’s furry friends.

All University students can sign up this week to volunteer to work two- to four-hour shifts on Saturday, Oct. 23, at one of three animal shelter locations. Volunteers will work two-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and noon at the St. Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education facility at 6228 Country Club Road in Murphysboro. Helpers will walk and bathe dogs, clean cages and assist with paperwork.

Students will also be working two-hour shifts between noon and 4 p.m. at the Humane Society of Southern Illinois, located just off Illinois 13 between Carbondale and Murphysboro at 95 Humane Road. Those “making a difference” will walk dogs and socialize with the animals.

Or, volunteers can help out at Wright-Way Rescue’s Intake and Quarantine Facility located at 8459 Old Route 13 in Murphysboro with four-hour shifts available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The need here is for general outdoor labor including building a fire pit and dog walk paths.

SIUC students can register to participate in Make a Difference Day by stopping by the Student Development office on the third floor of the Student Center or by calling 618/453-5714 no later than noon on Friday, Oct. 22. If there is need, transportation will be available to the sites.