The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Mexico fans react after Mexico F Julián Quiñones 73rd-minute goal during the MexTour match between Mexico and Brazil at Kyle Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
‘The stuff of dreams’
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 11, 2024

As soon as the Mexico-Brazil soccer match at Kyle Field was announced, Jacob Svetz and Caitlin Falke saw an opportunity.  The match was scheduled...

The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M pitcher Chris Cortez (10) reacts during Texas A&M’s game against Oregon at the NCAA Bryan-College Station Super Regional at Olsen Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
One step away
June 8, 2024

Finding forever homes

Photo by Courtesy of Aggieland Humane Society

Aggieland Humane Society offers a variety of volunteer tasks including working with dogs and cats, administration and opportunities with their spay and neuter clinic.

It’s springtime and you know what that means — it’s puppies and kitten season. As much love and joy these common household pets bring to their families, many animals are left without homes and may need a little help to find families through local humane societies such as Aggieland Humane Society, which serves as a no-kill animal shelter.
In addition to finding homes for pets, Aggieland Humane Society helps to reunite lost pets with their owners and has a program to spay and neuter pets around the community to eliminate overpopulation issues. During the 2020-2021 year, the shelter found homes for 946 cats and 676 dogs, reunited 515 pets with their owners, and spayed and neutered 4,088 pets.
I remember countless hours being tugged by excited dogs and feline cuddles in the cat room when I volunteered at a humane society before starting college. Following staffers around Aggieland Humane Society, reinforced the simple act of volunteering at a shelter can have life-saving benefits for the animals looking for forever homes. To me, this is an opportunity to show pets extra love and attention, something I believe is super important to our community.
Aggieland Humane Society volunteer coordinator Nyssa Meyerdirk will be one of the first people to admit these shelter communities cannot run without volunteers. These individuals spend time with the animals helping to enrich their social skills and teach them mannerisms, which they may just need a little extra practice on.
“It’s just really providing that hands-on time with the animals and getting them used to just the way different people behave and the way they’re going to interact with them,” Meyerdirk said.
Starting with the volunteer application process through online and in-person training, the Aggieland Humane Society team ensures volunteers are ready to react in any situation presented.
“You’ll go through a couple of classes, teaching you about the shelter in general and our volunteer program,” Meyerdirk said. “Before you’re able to sign up for shifts, you’ll also go through what we call them enrichment training, basically learning a little bit of basic animal behavior, how to read body language for a dog or a cat [and] how to best use your time with them. We really stress that people
spend more time with an animal than trying to get to every animal in the kennel like they don’t seem to go out to go to the bathroom.”
Volunteering can go beyond time spent with animals, Meyerdirk said. They have worked to expand volunteer services to administration and the spay and neuter mobile clinic. Additionally, beyond the walls of the shelters, many volunteers open up their homes to any furry friends who may need 24/7 attention and care in the foster program.
These foster families such as Hannele Rubin and her daughter Calla, who foster kittens through foster2forever, have changed their day-to-day routines to take extra time to focus on the nurturing of animals.
“For the cats, I woke up at 7 [a.m.] and I would feed them, clean up their litter [and] play with them because they need lots of attention,” Calla said. “When I would get home [from school, I had to] do their water, clean then [and] clip their nails.”
Just as the philosophy I was taught from a young age, if I look to grow my family by four paws in addition to my cat, Ferguson, who was adopted from Bryan Animal Center, I will be sure to ‘adopt not shop’ to give a deserving animal a home who may not already have one.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *