M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Externship Experience
Providence Animal Rescue League: Community Partnerships, Programs, and Pet Retention Resources
As a summer extern with Providence Animal Rescue League in Rhode Island, I focused on community support programs and shelter medicine. I became familiar with the complex challenges of fundraising, acquiring donations and organizing business partnerships, as well as safely serving the public during a pandemic. I also worked with the animal care teams socializing and caring for our cats and dogs.
I directly applied written and oral communication skills from our coursework in human-animal interactions, communicating policy positions and animal ethics to support and improve our pet retention resources, such as the Pet Food Pantry initiative. I successfully secured pet food and supply donations as well as a major fundraising event at a local brewery. Later in the summer I volunteered at our low-cost vaccination clinics and learned to run the shelter’s medical clinic. The MAPP coursework has molded me into a strong and effective animal advocate and will continue to channel my passions into positive results for shelter animals.
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