There’s no “kitten” around when it comes to animal adoptions at McDowell Intermediate High School; they have a segment on the morning announcements every Friday that features an animal from the A.N.N.A Shelter.
Fluffy Friday, as they call it, was created “to get people talking about the studio, but also to give attention to the A.N.N.A Shelter,” said Allyn Jones, a junior at McDowell High School and a member of the Trojan News Network staff, “but it also is a nice little treat for our studio.”
Fluffy Friday gives exposure to the animals that need to be adopted from the A.N.N.A. Shelter, a non-profit animal welfare mission. Emily Danskin, an employee at the shelter, said the shelter’s goal is to place as many adoptable animals as possible into new, life-long, loving, committed homes.
It operates solely on donations and adoption revenue in a private shelter. The shelter staff puts in many volunteer hours and uses many media outlets. “The more exposure, the better! We appear regularly on JET24’s Jet Pet, and have had stories appear on other television stations too. Our director is frequently interviewed for stories on area radio stations, or in local newspapers. We do our best to take advantage of every opportunity to get good public exposure for our animals,” said Danskin.
Many students say Friday is their favorite day at school because they get to see an animal on the morning announcements. “They are excited when they see the animals on Fluffy Friday,” said Mrs. Nicole Donikowski, a teacher at McDowell, “It’s just nice for them and any student to see those types of associations that help the community in such positive ways.”
As featured in the February 2017 edition of The Trojan Voice