On Oct. 13, Communications for Change students partnered with Laramie Animal Welfare Society to find homes for Laramie’s homeless cat population.

If you were at Murdoch’s between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. last Saturday, you may have been surprised by what you saw. Laramie High School students taking Communications for Change were there to set up and facilitate an exciting cat adoption event. They had resources to inform people walking by about Laramie Animal Welfare Society, as well as several cats for people to play with.

Throughout the three-hour event, the students spread awareness about the welfare society’s trap, neuter, and release efforts in our community. They also gave people the opportunity to start the adoption process, become a cat foster parent, make a donation, or just play with the felines.

Communications for Change is a semester long class at Laramie High. It is taught by Nichol Bondurant. The curriculum focuses on service learning, civic responsibility, reflective writing, inquiry, and literary analysis. There is a strong emphasis on bettering our community.  

At the beginning of the 2018 school year, the students in Communications for Change chose a grassroots project to work on throughout the semester. This project is an example of one of the civic responsibility aspects of the class. The group of students who organized the cat drive chose to support Laramie Animal Welfare Society.

“I just went over one day and had a discussion with the lady working [at the welfare society]. They were very thankful for help,” Lainie McElwee, a student involved in planning the event, said.

Laramie Animal Welfare Society is an organization that works with Laramie Animal Shelter. They offer a Compassionate Care Program (short-term care for pets when the owners are dealing with a crisis), low-cost micro-chipping, spay and neuter, medical care for shelter animals, and pet foster training.  

Their mission is to “assist the work of the Laramie Animal Shelter in promoting responsible pet ownership, especially through spay and neuter programs, preventing cruelty to animals, and providing medical care for rescued animals,” the Laramie Animal Welfare Society representative said.

Laramie Animal Welfare Society also host events in the community to expose adoptable animals to the community and spread awareness about the many resources they offer. They have Adoption Caturday every Saturday. This is an event starting at 10 a.m. at the Laramie Animal Welfare Society building. Anyone is welcome. According to Laramie Animal Welfare Society, this is a great chance to “meet your purrfect companion”. Laramie also looks forward to the Dog Day in the Park. This happens every August at Washington Park. This annual event is free and open to the public.  

Communications for Change students are continuing the partnership by hosting a cat food and supplies drive for Laramie Animal Welfare Society at the end of Oct. This will take place at the high school. They will publish a list of necessary supplies, and give other students the opportunity to participate by bringing in the items.