Riverhead Middle School Launches its Animal Rescue Club
Students advocate for their furry friends
and volunteer with the Southampton Animal Shelter
RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK (DECEMBER 2023) — Animal lovers at Riverhead Middle School now have an opportunity to share their passion with their peers and advocate for their furry friends as part of the school’s new Animal Rescue Club. The community service club, advised by seventh-grade ELA teacher Emily Cheverino, launched this fall. Its club members are already making an impact through their volunteering with the Southampton Animal Shelter.
“Being an animal advocate comes with a lot of education and knowledge about the animal shelter crisis our nation is in today, and what we can do to make a difference. Our students are excited to be involved in this important work,” said Ms. Cheverino.
During the club’s first meeting, students wrote letters encouraging the adoption of dogs and cats at the shelter. Last month, the club hosted a Thanksgiving pet food drive and delivered boxes of donations to the shelter on Giving Tuesday.
The collection was the first of many the club will host for the animal shelter. Through December, club members will be collecting pet food, pet beds, dog and cat toys, leashes and collars and other supplies for the shelter through its Holiday Animal Shelter Donation Drive.
Students have more to look forward to this month as the club is taking its first field trip to the Southampton Animal Shelter. They will meet with staff and animal trainers to learn more about working in the shelter and how to help keep pets out of the shelter system. The field trip will include a socialization session with the dogs and cats, where students will meet the furry faces their donations have helped.
The Southampton Animal Shelter thanked the Animal Rescue Club in an Instagram post for Giving Tuesday and wrote, “We are overjoyed by the outpouring of support from our community.”