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Mavis Wolf

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Externship Experience
May-August 2020
Animal Rescue League of Boston: Sustaining Community Outreach and Services During COVID-19
Mavis Wolf

This summer I interned with the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and their Community Services department. My primary role was to assist ARL staff in communicating with the public and to schedule clients and their pets for wellness and spay/neuter services. My experiences in the MAPP program helped prepare me for community work by encouraging analysis of broad systemic issues from an objective and non-judgmental perspective. I had the opportunity to speak directly with pet owners facing hardships before and during COVID-19 as well as assist ARL while they worked to address racial and economic inequalities related to animal welfare. As a result, I gained confidence in my ability to communicate and share information with the public and act in a public-facing role. The new perspectives, ideas, and problem-solving skills emphasized by MAPP and ARL have motivated me to become a better community and animal welfare advocate.

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