NEWTON, Mass. – Under the guidance of veterinary technology major and senior infielder Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.), the Mount Ida College softball team recently participated in some feline community service, working at Gifford Animal Shelter in Brighton, Mass.
The team first catered to the many dogs on campus and in the community by selling dog bandanas at recent Mount Ida football games, helping to raise money for supplies. They then visited the Gifford Shelter and spent an evening making cat toys with the supplies they had bought. Coach Katie Zuman estimates that the team made toys for 25 kittens and cats.
The trip was a great example of a Mount Ida team bonding together, helping out their community, and serving an organization that they, many of them animal lovers, feel strongly about. Medici also worked towards the completion of her community service hours as part of the Vet. Tech major here at Mount Ida.
The mission of Gifford Cat Shelter is to provide a safe haven for abandoned, stray, abused, neglected, unwanted and injured cats with the goal of re-homing and ending the needless killing of community and companion cats.
Founded in 1884 and sponsored by Ellen Gifford, the shelter was a pioneer in creating an environment that did not confine animals to small, movement-restricting cages. Originally a shelter for all animals, Gifford eventually became a shelter for cats.
For more information about Gifford Shelter, please visit their website: http://www.giffordcatshelter.org/